Klopp in agreement with Mourinho over Man Utd and Fernandes criticism
Jurgen Klopp has joined Jose Mourinho in criticising Manchester United over the number of penalties scored by Bruno Fernandes.
The Red Devils have emerged as surprise Premier League title contenders following their 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Friday night.
But they were slightly fortunate to escape with a win, after another controversial spot-kick from Bruno Fernandes helped them to a win.
Douglas Luiz was adjudged to have brought down Paul Pogba, but it appeared that the French star tripped himself before Fernandes stepped up to score the winner.
The Portuguese midfielder has now netted 15 spot kicks since his move at the start of last year, including seven in all competitions this season.
However Klopp feels hard done by after seeing his side denied two penalty shouts in their 1-0 defeat by Southampton on Monday night.
United are now level on 33 points with Liverpool at the top of the table and have a game in hand, although the Reds boss was quick to point out their penalty fortune.
Speaking after the Saints loss, he said: "" Manchester United had more penalties in two years than me in five and a half years – but [we have] no excuses for tonight.
"Is that my fault? I am not sure how that can happen."
Klopp's criticism came just two days after Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist taking another swipe at United and Fernandes’ penalty record for the club.
The Tottenham manager was speaking after striker Heung Min-Son brought up a century of goals during their 3-0 win over Leeds.
When asked about the South Korean’s achievement, Mourinho appeared to make a subtle reference to Fernandes – and the amount of penalties he’s scored since his transfer last January.
"I think we all have to explain to people the person he is, too,” he said.
"To get the Puskas award, to be scoring 100 goals for Tottenham and to be maybe in the top three Premier League scorers without penalties.
"Some players score 10 goals a season on penalties and I'm not speaking about Harry Kane, by the way.
"I'm so happy for Son."
And it wasn't the first time the ex-United boss has taken aim at his compatriot’s ability from 12 yards.
Speaking ahead of the new season, on Mourinho, he said: "Bruno came in, was fit, played very well, improved the United team and also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score."
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