Scott McTominay suggested the Manchester United players were angry with some of the histrionics of their Paris Saint-Germain counterparts in a bad-tempered Champions League tie at Old Trafford.
United were beaten 3-1 by last season’s runners-up to leave their qualification for the knockout phase hinging on next week’s trip to RB Leipzig, but they had Fred harshly sent-off in the second half.
The Brazilian midfielder was fortunate to only be booked for thrusting his head at Leandro Paredes in the first half, but earned a second yellow despite winning the ball in a challenge with Ander Herrera.
That came just moments after Marquinhos had put PSG back in front against the run of play and cost United any real chance they had of earning the point they needed to secure a spot in the last-16.
McTominay was not impressed with the behaviour of some of the PSG players, bringing it up three times in a post-match interview with MUTV despite never being directly asked about it.
“The reaction of their players is [shakes head]… I’ve got nothing to say about that, you get in trouble if you start speaking about that and the referee,” said McTominay.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow when you see how the game pans out, it was a sloppy goal to concede [to Neymar early on] then the way we played after that was brilliant, the way we approached the game was total focus.
“I’ve not got a lot to comment on the referee and their players, but that’s football, you’re going to get when you’re playing in Europe.”
McTominay also hit out at the continued use of VAR, suggesting United felt Marquinhos goal was offside despite the incident being reviewed.
United may have got lucky when referee Daniele Orsata didn’t dismiss Fred in the first half after using the monitor to see a replay of Fred’s clash with Paredes, but McTominay has clearly had enough of the system.
“I’m hearing their goal was partly offside as well. For us where is the balance in the game with how the referee has approached decisions?” he said. “We’re seeing mistakes week in, week out, for us it has to be rectified, get football back to the way it was.”
United missed some early chances in the second half to take the lead, but McTominay absolved the forwards of responsibility on what proved to be a frustrating night.
“We’ve got so much quality in attack, we’ve got such belief in the strikers in general, sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in the net,” he said.
“As I say, decisions, the referee, their players, it’s a tough night. I said at half-time if we don’t get anything from this game then we should be coming in disappointed and angry with each other.”