MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho leapt to the defence of transfer target Ivan Perisic after his World Cup final handball.
The Croatian winger levelled up the final in the first half with a stunning goal.
But ten minutes later the inter Milan star fell victim to a controversial penalty after referee Nester Pitana consulted VAR and ruled he had handled the ball from a French corner.
And Mourinho, who has not given up on taking the winger to Old Trafford this summer, sent a subtle message of support for the 29-year-old.
He said on Russia Today: “I am for the VAR system, but not in this form.
“I supported the introduction of the system of video replay when it clearly tracks serious errors so that they do not exist.
“But now this is another concept, some may think that there is a reason for a penalty, and others – no.
“Now it was not clearly visible that there was a mistake.
“How could Perisic jump while holding his hands at the seams?
“How could he react when a metre from him was a French player?
“This is the final, not an ordinary match, and a solution based on VAR can affect the game.”
Mourinho also added that he did not see any intent in Perisic’s actions and claimed the final will only be remembered for the controversial review system.
He added: “After such a penalty, I do not think that this is my sport.
“If France wins the match, then for me this World Cup will remain in memory as the World Championship named after VAR.”
The United boss also revealed he is still baffled why Perisic did not join his squad last year.
Perisic agreed personal terms with the Premier League side, but the United bid failed to match the Serie A side’s reported £40million valuation.
Mourinho continued: “They have a way to go. Perisic he went from Croatia to Dortmund to Wolfsburg to Inter.
“I don’t know why he didn’t come to Manchester when I wanted him.”