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Mourinho issues faux sympathy for referee Mason

Manchester United v Middlesbrough - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho reacts on the sidelines after the final whistle in the Premier League match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on December 31, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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Jose Mourinho admitted that defeating good friend Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough was a little bittersweet, but his talk turned a bit cheeky when asked about referee Lee Mason.

[ RECAP: Man Utd 2-1 Boro ]

The official in question canceled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s high-footed goal in bizarre fashion, a decision that could’ve cost ascendant Manchester United when Grand Leadbitter put Boro up 1-0.

But Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba teamed up to score second half goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also putting in a fine shift. Mourinho said he was a bit sad to have spoiled a tough performance from his friend’s visitors, and then that he was sad for Mason.

"(Referee) Mr Mason is the one that knows that but he knows he made a mistake. I think it’s sad because referees are sad when they make mistakes.”

He’d later say that birthday boy Alex Ferguson, 75, would’ve seen the score line at 3-1. Vintage Mou.

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