‘Jose showed pas­sion, not frus­tra­tion’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PHIL JONES views Jose Mour­inho’s (car­i­ca­ture) lat­est out­burst as a show of pas­sion rather than an in­di­ca­tor of gen­eral frus­tra­tion at Manch­ester United.

United man­ager Mour­inho was sent off for a sec­ond time this sea­son as his side were held to a 1-1 Pre­mier League draw by West Ham at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day.

The Por­tuguese kicked a wa­ter bot­tle in anger af­ter mid­fielder Paul Pogba was booked for div­ing.

The re­sult left United with their low­est points re­turn from 13 league games – 20 – since the 1989-90 term. It was also United’s fourth straight home league draw, but de­fender Jones in­sists the frus­tra­tion is not get­ting to the man­ager.

“No, I think that’s just pas­sion,” the 24-yearold said. “I like to see that from any­one – play­ers, staff – it’s pas­sion for the game and a will­ing­ness to win.

“We all want to win just as much as each other. We just need to stick to­gether, keep train­ing well, keep cre­at­ing chances and we will get the goals.”

Mour­inho’s be­hav­iour has been un­der scru­tiny dur­ing United’s dif­fi­cult start to the cam­paign. He was handed a touch­line ban af­ter dis­put­ing a de­ci­sion against Burn­ley last month and has also been fined for other com­ments about a ref­eree. Ad­di­tion­ally, he was in­volved in an odd ex­change with Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte in Oc­to­ber.

His lat­est con­tro­versy will be re­viewed af­ter the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceives ref­eree Jon Moss’ re­port, and fur­ther dis­ci­plinary ac­tion could fol­low.

The in­ci­dent mid­way through the first half ac­tu­ally oc­curred dur­ing a good spell for United. Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic’s 21stminute header had can­celled out Di­afra Sakho’s sec­ond- minute opener and the hosts were threat­en­ing to take charge. That United did not win was due largely to the bril­liance of West Ham goal­keeper Dar­ren Ran­dolph, who pro­duced su­perb saves from Mar­cus Rash­ford, Jesse Lin­gard and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan and twice blocked from Ibrahi­movic. Jones said: “We cre­ated the chances but we have been un­lucky in front of goal. We prob­a­bly could have killed the game off be­fore half­time. We cre­ated some good chances but un­for­tu­nately they didn’t go in again. “We thought we should have won the game. “We felt we con­trolled the game for most of the 90 min­utes but we couldn’t get that fi­nal goal. “We just need to keep cre­at­ing the chances and even­tu­ally we are go­ing to hit some­one like we did against Feyeno­ord (4-0 in the Europa League) the other night.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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