“Mr Bond, we have a say­ing in Chicago,” said Auric Goldfin­ger. “Once is hap­pen­stance. Twice is co­in­ci­dence. The third time is en­emy ac­tion.”

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

IT IS a quote Jose Mourinho would do well to learn. This was the third time in 13 months he had been sent off. All three were against teams who play in claret and blue (West Ham twice, Burn­ley once).

Two were in matches ref­er­eed by Jonathan Moss, a man Mourinho once called “f***ing weak” to his face. Three times is too many. Mourinho is fast be­com­ing a li­a­bil­ity on the touch­line.

His two dis­missals at Old Traf­ford were trig­gered by one of Mourinho’s own play­ers div­ing. Against Burn­ley last month, it was Mat­teo Darmian throw­ing him­self to the turf in an at­tempt to win a penalty. This time, it was Paul Pogba, although it was far less bla­tant.

As Mark Noble swung his boot in the mid­dle of his own half, the French­man flung him­self to the ground and he could have le­git­i­mately ar­gued he was tak­ing eva­sive ac­tion.

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