Man U. manager criticizes RSL’s substitutions after Monday’s friendly turns chippy

SANDY — Real Salt Lake’s 1-2 loss to Manchester United Monday was billed as a friendly match, but took a turn for the worse when United midfielder Antonio Valencia was taken off with a red card.

In the 68th minute, Valencia slid hard into the back of RSL’s Sebastian Saucedo’s legs, sending the midfielder sprawling onto the ground and needing trainer assistance to later limp off the field.

United’s coach, Jose Mourinho, said referee Allen Chapman originally asked him, because the team had unlimited substitutions, to replace Valencia on the pitch with another player. When he refused to do so, Chapman had no choice but to pull out the late card.

It would have been easy for Mourinho to be angry at his then-captain, but Saucedo had been tangled up with United midfielder Juan Mata earlier in the match, injuring Mata enough to be taken off the field as a precaution.

Mourinho did not say Saucedo had it coming, but rather than play safe in the friendly, he thought Saucedo was a bit wild.

“I don’t agree with the card because Saucedo, the boy was really aggressive doing all the second half, what happened to Mata, and some other actions where it was a bit …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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