Jose Mourinho was left fuming with referee Phil Dowd after he decided to show Branislav Ivanovic a second yellow card for a controversial trip on Manchester United winger Angel di Maria.
After the game, Mourinho vented: ‘’The red card, I saw that coming. If I have to speak about [that] I have to speak about the penalty Ivanovic should have been given.
‘’I don’t want to speak about the penalty on Ivanovic [when the Serb appeared to be wrestled over in the area by Chris Smalling] and the accumulation of yellow cards [for Chelsea].
‘’I don’t want to speak even about throw-ins. If I want to speak I will speak too much – you know I will speak with my heart and get into trouble [with the FA].’’
Mourinho, however, wasn’t the only one left perplexed by the decision to send Ivanovic off, with Serbian newspaper Telegraf Sport reporting the Argentine ‘faked the foul’ which resulted in Phil Dowd ‘undeservingly showing the Serbian captain a second yellow card’.
The decision to send Ivanovic off will have no doubt frustrated Mourinho and the rest of the Chelsea coaching staff as it appeared that contact between Ivanovic and Di Maria, if there was any, was minimal and certainly not deserving of a second yellow card.
To add to the frustrations of Chelsea personnel, Manchester United were able to convert the free-kick into a last minute equaliser snatching a point at the death. The two yellow cards, as opposed to a straight red, also mean Chelsea are unable to contest the decision with the FA and will have to live without their influential right-back in their next game.
It is a kick in the teeth for the Blues who, had they won the game, would have been sat top of the league six points clear of Southampton in second and eight of Manchester City in third.