Mourinho sent off as Man Utd slump goes on

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as his
Manchester United side drew 1-1 at home to
West Ham United in the Premier League on

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelled out Diafra
Sakho’s opening goal to leave United
contemplating a run of four straight home
league draws for the first time since Dave
Sexton’s managerial tenure in 1980-81.
Mourinho, the current United manager, was
dismissed by referee Jonathan Moss in the
27th minute when he kicked a water bottle in
anger after midfielder Paul Pogba was
cautioned for simulation.
Mourinho, whose side have fallen 11 points
below pace-setters Chelsea, now faces
Football Association censure for the third
time in barely two months.
He served a one-match touchline ban and had
to pay an 8,000 pounds ($9,980, 9,420 euros)
fine for arguing with referee Mark
Clattenburg during the recent home draw
with Burnley.
Prior to that, he had been fined 50,000
pounds by the FA for claiming Manchester-
based referee Anthony Taylor would find it
difficult to perform well in a game at

To add to the volatile situation, Mourinho
served a one-match stadium suspension last
season, when Chelsea manager, after an
angry confrontation with Moss during a game
at West Ham.
On that occasion the Portuguese had to be
escorted from the referee’s room at half-time
by stadium security.

Mourinho’s mood at Old Trafford cannot
have been helped by the fact his side
conceded within two minutes of kick-off.
Jesse Lingard brought down Dimitri Payet,
who took the resulting free-kick and planted
the ball onto the head of Sakho, who slipped
marker Ibrahimovic and converted
powerfully from six yards.

United’s Swedish striker made up for that
error on 21 minutes, however, when he
headed the hosts level from similar distance
after connecting with Pogba’s excellent
chipped through ball.
It was no more than United deserved for the
way in which they responded to going behind
so early in the contest.

– Lingard denied –
Juan Mata’s shot tested West Ham
goalkeeper Darren Randolph and, after
claiming the equaliser, Ibrahimovic almost
finished off Marcus Rashford’s cross at the
culmination of a flowing move.
After Mourinho’s dismissal, Mata and
Ibrahimovic combined for Lingard to rush a
shot over the bar and, on 36 minutes,
Rashford missed the best chance yet of giving
his side the lead.
Phil Jones’s header put the teenager clean
through on goal, but he was denied by
Randolph’s outstretched leg.
Pogba and Ibrahimovic headed wide, the
latter had a shot superbly blocked by Angelo
Ogbonna and Randolph again did well to dive
and turn away a Lingard shot just before

West Ham threatened little after taking the
lead, until the opening exchanges of the
second half when Payet began to exert some
influence on proceedings.
First, his corner picked out Sakho, who
headed onto the roof of David de Gea’s goal.
Then the France international almost scored
with an audacious free-kick as he spied De
Gea slightly out of position and forced the
Spaniard into a brilliant tip over the United

Wayne Rooney, one goal shy of equalling
Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 goals,
was brought on after 64 minutes and his
curling shot tested Randolph, although the
goalkeeper saved comfortably enough.
There was more frustration when substitute
Henrikh Mkhitaryan struck the post from
Antonio Valencia’s cross and Lingard tapped
in the rebound, only to be — correctly —
flagged offside.
The impressive Randolph would repel shots
from Pogba and Ibrahimovic before the end
and even when Ibrahimovic beat him in the
chase to a long ball forward, Cheikhou
Kouyate was on hand to clear.
In a strong finish from the visitors, De Gea
was required to block at his near post as
substitute Ashley Fletcher threatened to
claim a dramatic smash-and-grab winner. 

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