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Mourinho won't dive into Smalling booking

Sports | Feb 13, 2018
Jose Mourinho refused to slam Chris Smalling for a dive which led to the decisive goal in Manchester United's shock 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Mourinho was scathing about United's defending as Matt Ritchie scored from the 65th-minute free-kick awarded after Smalling threw himself to the ground before he was tackled by Jonjo Shelvey. Smalling's yellow card was followed by further punishment as Shelvey's free-kick was headed down by Florian Lejeune before Dwight Gayle touched it into the path of Ritchie.

But the United boss didn't turn his guns on England defender Smalling.

"I've no complaints ... but I was disappointed with our defending," Mourinho said. "We try to work on organization. They have their jobs and know their responsibility."

The defeat leaves United 16 points behind English Premier League leaders Manchester City and just two points clear of third-placed Liverpool, who won 2-0 at Southampton.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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