Jose Mourinho has reacted to Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday night, noting that the presence of video technology would have seen his side claim three points after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s second-half header was wrongly ruled out for offside.
Ibrahimovic then headed home in the second half, only for his effort to be wrongly cancelled out by the linesman, before eventually restoring parity with a late spot-kick to round off another painful outing at Old Trafford.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to point out that, had video analysis been in place, his side would have claimed all three points against Ronald Koeman’s side.
“The performance was not very good. The spirit in the second half was phenomenal,” he said. “Some players were in trouble, some from a physical point of view, some others with the confidence levels. So it is difficult to perform better.
“They fought until the last second and with video we win this game 2-1 because it was not offside. It is difficult one for the linesman.
“I just say video will help everyone, especially them, the linesman and the referees. From what I saw just now, on the computer, it is not offside but they are the experts.”
Football, in spite of being the most played game on the earth, remains miles behind other sports when it comes to technology: rugby, cricket, American football and tennis have all benefitted from the implementation of video technology over the last decade or so; why must the beautiful game lag behind? Do we, in the long run, want controversy or accuracy?
Think back to France’s friendly with Spain over the international break – a rare occasion where video technology was actually in place. Antoine Griezmann scored an offside goal and within 3o seconds the decision was reversed, handing justice to both Spain, who went on to claim a deserved victory, and the overall complexion of the game.
But is not something we, as United fans, should call for solely when our side has been aggrieved; video analysis has to be introduced not for the good of one team, but instead for the sanctity of the game in general.