Mourinho claims referees are helping Manchester United. Explains how

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has claimed Manchester United are receiving help by being awarded penalties after his side were denied a spot-kick in their 0-0 draw with Bournemouth on Thursday night.

Asked about Spurs’ toothless attack compared to United’s, Mourinho responded: “United’s 13 penalties is a help. It’s a help!”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils equalled the all-time record for penalties awarded in a single Premier League season as we were awarded our 13th spot-kick of the season away at Villa Park.

We are now level with Crystal Palace’s 2004/05 side and Leicester City’s title-winning 2015/16 team in the history books, with four matches remaining of the season.

Asked how Bruno Fernandes was awarded a penalty and Kane wasn’t on Thursday evening, Mourinho responded: “Ask the referees, not me.

“I don’t know who the referee was – oh, it was Jonathan Moss. But I don’t know who the VAR was at Villa.

“In our match it was Paul [Tierney], the referee on the pitch, and the referee boss was Michael Oliver. I think you should have access to them. I know the rules don’t allow it. I think you should have access to them, and to ask directly why.”

Mourinho believes officials should be questioned on controversial penalty decisions in post-match interviews to eliminate doubts from the game.

“They are very important. A game is players, managers, referees so I think so,” he added.

“It would make things much more open, much more clear.

“It would give the referee the chance to say, ‘yes I made a mistake, yes I feel sorry for that, yes I had an incredible performance, yes I feel that I was perfect’.

“I think they are very, very important in the game, as important as players.”