Jose Mourinho had some things to get off his chest moments after Manchester United had clinched a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle on Saturday.
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After reports had circulated that the Portuguese coach would be fired regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game, his relief was palpable as his side fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 via a 90th minute goal from Alexis Sanchez.
But it has become apparent that Mourinho may have uttered a few ungentlemanly things in Portuguese which the cameras picked up moments after the final whistle blew.
Sky Sports are reporting that the FA will investigate United’s manager as he could get a touchline ban if he is found guilty of using “offensive, abusive or insulting” language.
Now, I don’t know about you but his weird Dr. Evil pinky finger celebration (seriously, he’s done that more than once recently) is worthy of a touchline ban and a fine on its own.
But if Mourinho is found guilty of using offensive language, he could be fined or even suspended from being on the bench for United’s upcoming games. Given the FA’s crackdown on manager behavior on the sidelines this season, it seems likely Mourinho isn’t going to get away with this.
United’s next game is against his former team Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 20.
Now, we know that Mourinho was under plenty of pressure after United’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season and he could cite those extenuating circumstances to justify his outburst. But the fact this is far from his first touchline discrepancy suggests that the FA will look into this further.
All of this plays into his narrative that he is a hunted man and people are out to knock down himself and his team.