Mourinho blames police for Utd. bus delay and police hit back
Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by Valencia after taking more than an hour to get from their hotel to the ground.
Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United were denied a police escort for their Champions League clash with Valencia, leading to the team's late arrival at Old Trafford.
Kick-off had to be delayed by five minutes owing to traffic issues around the stadium, with the United squad themselves among those caught up in the hold-ups on Tuesday.
A journey to the ground expected to take 30 minutes took more than an hour, ahead of a goalless draw that did little to lift United out of their current poor form.
And Mourinho levelled the blame squarely at the feet of local police for causing unnecessary problems for United in the build-up to the match.
"We left the hotel at 6pm hoping that 30 minutes would be enough. It usually is. But this time the police refused to do an escort, so we came by ourselves. From the Lowry Hotel we took 75 minutes. UEFA and the referee were nice to allow the match to start five minutes late. It was not a problem with club organisation. We were informed that the police refused an escort."
Manchester Police this morning denied this claim with Chief Inspector Andy Sutcliffe maintaining that no such agreement was in place with the Old Trafford outfit undermining the earlier claims of the Portuguese coach.
Statement by Greater Manchester Police after Mourinho blamed them for Utd turning up late to last night’s match because they “refused” to give the team bus an escort. Remarkably, it seems that the police have to foot the bill for such things... pic.twitter.com/xZ6SutxAOk— Dan Roan (@danroan) 3 October 2018