Former Manchester United head coach, Jose Mourinho has spoken on the clash of Red Devil’s defender, Chris Smalling with Lionel Messi during their match at Old Trafford.
The Ernesto Valverde’s men defeated the English Premier League side 1-0 in the first leg of Quater final.
The Red Devil’s defender, Smalling left the Barcelona captain with a bloodied nose after an aerial challenge with him.
Mourinho while reacting to the challenge stated that such happens in football.
“That situation with Smalling and Messi is nothing. It happens,” Mourinho said.
“He’s just a tall guy with tall arms. I don’t think he has that intention. But they thought about him. And they have to think about him.”
Mourinho added: “I don’t know if they did or if it was Messi who decided to be quiet. I think a little bit of both. United were positively aggressive.”
“By the defensive point of view, they [United] were good, keeping a lot of people behind the ball. But again, there are two legs, you will have to go away in the second game.”
“If it was a group phase, where one point would be a positive result… They could because Barcelona never killed the game.”