Marco Silva could not hide his anger after Fulham’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United, in which he and two of his players were sent off.
Willian was shown a straight red for stopping Jadon Sancho’s shot on the line with his hand, while Silva and Mitrovic both received their marching orders within the same two-minute period. They both lost their cool in reaction to the decision.
Bruno Fernandes converted the resulting penalty after the handball, before Marcel Sabitzer’s goal gave United the lead and Fernandes added a second late on to make it 3-1. United found it far easier against nine men.
The TV coverage of the game didn’t show Silva’s full interview, but his comments have now emerged – in which he insists Fulham were the better side and should have had a penalty themselves. Mitrovic went down under pressure from Lisandro Martinez in the first half but Kavanagh waved away Fulham’s appeals for a spot-kick.
Speaking to ITV Sport, he said: “Let’s talk about all the game and not just one moment.
“Until the penalty moment and the red cards, we were clearly the best team on the pitch. We were the best team on the pitch, clearly. For me it was a decision the VAR can take.
“What is difficult to understand is why the two moments in the box in the first half one of them is a clear penalty and nobody checks, nobody sees.”
Silva did admit that both he and Mitrovic should have kept their heads, with their fury backfiring and handing United the victory and a spot in the semi-finals.
“In that moment, he [Mitrovic] has to control his emotions much more like all of us should,” the Fulham manager added.
“You have to keep the emotional balance, of course. Sometimes, it is not easy but it is our obligation to do it. It’s been a tough season in some moments for us. We know that we are Fulham, we don’t have the same importance in football as some others but it’s difficult for us to deal with some situation.”