Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was talking about the number of penalties Manchester United have been awarded after Spurs beat Leeds United with a penalty of their own.
Mourinho couldn’t help himself and made another swipe at Bruno Fernandes and his former employers.
The Portuguese manager spent two and a half seasons at United and he always seems to have us in his mind, not to mention the fascination he has with compatriot Fernandes, who was linked to Tottenham before joining United in January 2020, as highlighted by The Express.
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Speaking as the extended 2019/20 season was coming to an end thanks to Project Restart, Mourinho passed a sly comment on Fernandes’ penalty-scoring record in July, saying (via GOAL): “Bruno came in, was fit, played very well, improved the United team and also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score.”
Fernandes scored four penalties last season, two less than Marcus Rashford. The Portuguese playmaker already has five to his name this season — just one behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy who is topping the league pile.
Harry Kane scored a penalty against Leeds United yesterday but Mourinho sung the praise of another goalscorer playing for Tottenham, Son Heung-min.
Mourinho said (via Mirror): “I’m very happy for him, I’m very happy that now people realise the player he is.
“I think we all have to explain to people the person he is, too.
“To get the Puskas award, to be scoring 100 goals for Tottenham and to be maybe in the top three Premier League scorers without penalties.
“Some players score ten goals a season on penalties and I’m not speaking about Harry Kane, by the way.”
The fact of the matter is, goals win you football matches. If Kane or Son scored two penalties every week Mourinho would be delighted.
The Bitter One.