Jose Mourinho used Paul Pogba’s handball in the draw with Liverpool to bring up the lack of penalties Manchester United have been awarded this season.
Pogba handled the ball inside his area in the 26th minute to gift Liverpool a penalty, which James Milner converted to put them ahead at Old Trafford.
United rallied to equalise through Zlatan Ibrahimovic on 84 minutes in what was possibly Pogba’s poorest Premier League showing since he returned to the club.
However, Mourinho deflected attention away from the 23-year-old midfielder by dwelling on the lack of penalties United have won this season.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Mourinho said when asked whether Pogba spoke about the concession. “I didn’t watch but the referee was very close so probably it’s a penalty.
“The problem with the penalty is not just the criteria, sometimes you give, sometimes you don’t and it’s amazing that 19, 21, 21 Premier League matches, plus the three in the League Cup are 24, and one in the FA Cup is 25, in 25 matches we have had one penalty, but today was in our box.
“I didn’t watch but I have to believe it was a penalty, I am happy for the referee if it was a penalty because his record against us is three matches and three penalties against us.”
When asked if there was a bias against giving United penalties, Mourinho added: “No. No, no. You use that word, I don’t, I’m telling you I didn’t watch but it looks like it was a penalty and he [the referee] tells me this time it is a penalty.
The referee, Michael Oliver, gave penalties against United at Watford and Everton before he correctly adjudged Pogba had handled inside his own 18-yard box.
United’s only Premier League spotkick this season came in their second fixture against Southampton. They also won two penalties in the Europa League thrashing of Feyenoord.