Mourinho the new Trump? Man Utd boss mocked for ‘alternative facts’ result claim
United fell to a 2-1 defeat on the night, although still progressed to February’s EFL Cup final thanks to a 3-2 win on aggregate, having won the first leg against Hull at Old Trafford 2-0.
After Thursday’s game, however, Mourinho seemed to take umbrage at the role of the officials for Hull’s first goal, in which a penalty was awarded to the home side for Utd defender Marcos Rojo's apparent pull on Harry Maguire's shirt.
The Portuguese manager, who was celebrating his 54th birthday, seemed to imply that the debatable decision meant the first goal didn’t count towards the result of the match – considering only Paul Pogba’s equalizer for Utd and Hull’s late goal by Oumar Niasse valid.
"I only saw two goals," said the Portuguese in the post-match press conference. "It was 1-1."
Jose Mourinho refuses to acknowledge Hull's first goal. Someone needs to morph him in to Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/017JPwC0RT— Monkey Sponge Sports (@monkey_sponge) January 26, 2017
"I saw the Pogba goal [for Manchester United] and their goal was a fantastic goal - great action, great cross and the guy coming in at the far post. 1-1."
When asked why he didn’t count the first goal, Mourinho said: "I didn't see (it)."
The United manager’s apparent denial of reality was quick to draw derision on social media, with many saying his distortion of the facts was akin to US President Donald Trump, who has also faced frequent claims of deploying ‘alternative facts’.
Mourinho's gone all Trump on us by claiming Man Utd still unbeaten cos' Hull's penalty did'nt count...#alternativefact— gareth ondrak (@HackneyWolves) January 27, 2017
Jose Mourinho in Trump/Spicer moment. pic.twitter.com/y2uccNoLnd— Christian Machowski (@Christian_ESEM) January 27, 2017