Howard Webb criticises Jose Mourinho for actions during Man Utd vs Burnley

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Jose Mourinho was once again the villain during Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Following an argument with referee Mark Clattenburg at half-time, the Portuguese was sent to the stands and later forced to sit in the directors' box.

In Mourinho's eyes, United should have been awarded a penalty when Jon Flanagan 'fouled' Matteo Darmian inside the 18-yard box.


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However, replays showed the Italian right-back was barely touched, outside of the penalty area and went down far too easily.

A host of missed chances from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. inflicted further misery on Mourinho, who Howard Webb has described as "crazy" for his actions.

The former referee, now an incident analyst for BT Sport, criticised Mourinho for the way he reacted to not being given a penalty.

Writing for the Times, Webb said: "When he was originally sent off he sat behind the dugout, but he had to be moved because he can't be in the vicinity of the bench.

"From his new position in the directors’ box he then passed notes to Ricardo Formosinho, one of the United scouts. It seems the FA will regard this in the same way as a touchline ban and not take any action.

"Mourinho brings a lot of interest and colour to the league, and I was sad when he was sacked by Chelsea, but he will try to get any advantage he can from a referee.

"The key is to be strong and to not let it affect you.

"It was crazy behaviour from Mourinho to get sent off. He is charged with one of the biggest clubs in the world and yet instead of concentrating on his own job at half-time, he has said something that is clearly serious enough for Mark to send him to the stands.

"It seemed Mourinho was upset about a possible penalty for a foul on Matteo Darmian, but contact was minimal and, if anything, outside the area."

This isn't the first time Webb's comments on Mourinho have made headlines, after the former referee slammed United's manager for playing mind games prior to the 0-0 draw against Liverpool recently.

"The comments of Jose Mourinho before the game were not particularly inflammatory," he told the Press Association, per Eurosport.

"It just adds oxygen to that debate, which is not helpful. He [Mourinho] knows that as well.

"Words sometimes can have an impact. That's why it's important that the FA are rigorous with their rules that managers who speak about referees before a game are sanctioned, even when it's said in a way that's less than inflammatory."

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