The friendly game between Manchester United and Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium had one of the weirdest red cards we are going to see this summer.
Antonio Valencia, sent in by Jose Mourinho at halftime, tackled Sebastian Saucedo from behind, looking rather unwilling to challenge for the ball, making it obvious that he was going for the legs.
Just before that, the Real Salt Lake player had injured Juan Mata, going into a challenge way too strongly for a ‘friendly’ game.
The referee gave the foul against Valencia, approached Jose Mourinho(!), and seconds later he showed Valencia a direct red card(!!).
I think the delay was because the referee asked me to change the player and I didn’t
the Man United manager revealed in the Press conference after the match.
I don’t agree with the card. Because Saucedo, I think is the name of the boy, he was really aggressive during all of the second-half, with what happened to Mata and some other actions where it was a bit dangerous, which I understand
the Portuguese then said, as if feeling that Saucedo had it coming given how he was playing.
Young people, enthusiasm playing against Manchester United, but you come with the mentality of a friendly match and in the end you find yourself in a different mentality. But it’s pre-season, no problem and also a good experience for us to play with one player less
Mourinho added. As for Mata;
He has a big ankle but I hope nothing important. A few days, a week maybe.