Football: Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho defends player over tackle

14:04 • 15.12.16



Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is a "clean player with an aggressive nature",   manager Jose Mourinho said, according to BBC Sport.


Rojo escaped with a yellow card from referee Craig Pawson for a two-footed lunge on Wilfried Zaha during United's 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.


The Argentine also avoided a red card for a similar challenge on Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on 4 December.


"Rojo is playing phenomenally," said Mourinho.


Palace boss Alan Pardew described Rojo's tackle on Zaha as "dangerous".


"It's another two-footed tackle, I think he did one before [against Everton]. He was a bit fortunate to get away with that," he added.


However, Mourinho defended the former Sporting Lisbon player, adding: "He is playing really well - emotional but very clean."


Former England striker Alan Shearer, speaking on Match of the Day, said Rojo should have been sent off for his challenge on ex-United player Zaha.


"We saw it against Everton and he got away with it. You cannot tackle like that. It would have changed the game completely," added Shearer.


 





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