“I think that’s emotion getting the better of him,” Murphy said of Mourinho’s verdict.
Van G did however show that he was into the spirit of English by picking up on the old Arry stance saying, “I never say anything about the referee because it is a part of the match and I cannot influence the referee, but you will have to ask the referees why we don’t get penalties.” (He’s still got to work on that – Arry’s best line was always, ‘As you know I never talk about referees but…’.”)
And the newspaper follow up to VG’s comments? Manchester U have a lack of flair and don’t score many goals.
It was ever thus.
5 February 2011: Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4, this match went down as one of the most outrageous referee performances of all time – but was still the 8th out of 16 consecutive unbeaten matches.