‘I was in­sulted for 90 min­utes’: José Mour­inho de­fends re­ac­tion at full time

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José Mour­inho de­fended his own re­ac­tion at the end of Manch­ester United’s late come­back against Ju­ven­tus, a vic­tory that saw the United man­ager ush­ered from the pitch at the fi­nal whis­tle after cup­ping his ear and leer­ing provoca­tively to­wards the home crowd.

“I was in­sulted for 90 min­utes,” Mour­inho said. “I do my work and noth­ing more. At the end I didn’t in­sult any­one, I just did the ges­ture that I wanted to hear them more. I wouldn’t do it again. But I came here as a pro­fes­sional that does his work and peo­ple in­sulted my fam­ily, this is why I re­acted this way. I don’t want to think about it.”

Mour­inho did want to talk about United’s away vic­tory, which leaves them in se­cond place on seven points in Group H; and which Mour­inho seemed to sug­gest was in some ways just as no­table as the fa­mous knock­out stage vic­to­ries in Turin of the Sir Alex Fer­gu­son years.

“Prob­a­bly when Manch­ester United had hero­ics here [when they last played Juve] Manch­ester United was the best team and they [Ju­ven­tus] are a top team for many years now. They bought that player, they want to win ev­ery­thing, they can win ev­ery­thing and we are a team where many of the play­ers didn’t play big matches like this in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“It is a fan­tas­tic vic­tory for us, a vic­tory that is not just about the points we lost at home [but] is about the feel­ing of how well we played. And I think even if this game doesn’t end with vic­tory I would have the same feel­ing that the team played re­ally, re­ally well from the first minute against – I re­peat – a su­per team.”

United’s win here came against the head. They trailed 1-0 as late as the 86th minute, be­fore goals from Juan Mata and a late free-kick flicked on by Marouane Fel­laini that went in off a com­bi­na­tion of Leonardo Bonucci and Alex San­dro al­tered the tra­jec­tory of the night.

There was also cau­tious op­ti­mism about a week­end that takes United to the Eti­had Sta­dium in the Pre­mier League.

“We played this sea­son against Chelsea and Ju­ven­tus away, the two best teams that we face this sea­son and we played very well in both,” said Mour­inho. “In here, lucky to win in last minute, against Chelsea un­lucky not to win in last minute but we played very, very well and this is what we want. We want to play well, we want to go to ev­ery sta­dium, and it doesn’t mat­ter the team. I want the feel­ing, it doesn’t mat­ter where we go, we go to com­pete and this is the feel­ing the Manch­ester United sup­port­ers around the world want.”

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