Mour­inho fac­ing more hot water

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Jose Mour­inho faces dis­ci­plinary ac­tion from the FA, and an al­most def­i­nite touch­line sus­pen­sion, af­ter be­ing sent to the stands by ref­eree Jon Moss dur­ing a 1-1 Premier League home draw with West Ham.

It is the third time in less than two months that the fiery Manch­ester United man­ager will face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion from the sport’s rul­ing body. In late Oc­to­ber, he was sus­pended for one game, and fined 8,000 pounds (9,400 eu­ros/$10,000), for an al­ter­ca­tion with ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg dur­ing a draw with Burn­ley.

That in­ci­dent fol­lowed a 50,000-pound pun­ish­ment for com­ments made about the de­ci­sion to al­low ref­eree An­thony Taylor to of­fi­ci­ate the game with Liver­pool.

The lat­est flash­point also in­volved a ref­eree with whom Mour­inho has re­cent his­tory. Last sea­son, while in charge of Chelsea, Mour­inho had an al­ter­ca­tion with the same of­fi­cial in a game at West Ham which re­sulted in a one­match sta­dium ban for the Por­tuguese.

A year on, against the same op­po­si­tion and with the same ref­eree, Mour­inho kicked a water bot­tle fully 20 yards to protest Taylor’s de­ci­sion to cau­tion Paul Pogba for sim­u­la­tion af­ter 27 min­utes, a card that rules the French in­ter­na­tional out of United’s League Cup quar­ter-fi­nal tiea­gain with West Ham-at Old Traf­ford on Wed­nes­day.

“I think ev­ery­one saw his frus­tra­tion was shown in that sit­u­a­tion,” said as­sis­tant man­ager Rui Faria af­ter Mour­inho re­fused to speak post­match. “It should have been a free-kick for us and it ended with a yel­low card for Paul and he is out of our next match.

“So there are maybe rea­sons to ex­press some frus­tra­tion. Af­ter that, things that are part of the game and the ref­eree took a de­ci­sion.

“But I think ev­ery­thing comes from a de­ci­sion that should be the op­po­site way.”

By that stage Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic had equalised an early open­ing goal from Di­afra Sakho. But, as has been the norm re­cently, Mour­inho’s team could not find a win­ner as they recorded a fourth con­sec­u­tive home league draw-the first time since 1990 they have gone four home games with­out vic­tory.

More wor­ry­ing yet, United have now recorded their worst start to a sea­son, af­ter 13 games, since 1989-90, the sea­son that saw Sir Alex Fer­gu­son fa­mously win the FA Cup af­ter sur­viv­ing stren­u­ous calls for his dis­missal from sup­port­ers. “We were the best team on the pitch,” said Faria. “We didn’t have any tac­ti­cal is­sues dur­ing the game. De­fen­sively we were very com­pact. Of­fen­sively we cre­ated the chances to win.

“We are show­ing that as a team we are a strong side and we can do very good things. We cre­ate chances that in a nor­mal way should be goals and the game should be in a com­fort­able way. “It is not hap­pen­ing. We get frus­trated. The only thing we need to do is keep work­ing be­cause then things will change for us.”

West Ham man­ager Slaven Bilic sym­pa­thised with his op­po­site num­ber for his lat­est dis­ci­plinary prob­lems.

“I don’t know if he de­served to be sent off, I don’t know the rules,” said Bilic. “I don’t want any man­ager, es­pe­cially him, to be sent off. It is hard to judge from our an­gle if it is a dive or a foul so I can un­der­stand it but I don’t want him to be sent off. “I have seen him. We didn’t talk about the mood but he is a gen­tle­man. I like him.”

But the West Ham man­ager saw promis­ing signs of re­cov­ery in his team’s dis­play at Old Traf­ford. “It is a dif­fi­cult sea­son and I am not try­ing to avoid say­ing that,” said Bilic, whose side is just a point above the drop zone.

“I am not happy with the po­si­tion, we are still pay­ing the price for Septem­ber, when we had in­juries-lost against Wat­ford, West Brom, Southamp­ton, Mid­dles­brough.

“But re­cently there are re­ally good per­for­mances from us. It is only a mat­ter of time when we get the points. We could have lost to­day but still I would say the same thing.” — AFP

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