‘I re­acted af­ter fans in­sulted my fam­ily’

Mour­inho re­grets his ges­ture to Ju­ven­tus fans I lost my cool fol­low­ing fi­nal whis­tle, he ad­mits

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Champions League - By James Ducker in Turin

Jose Mour­inho has ad­mit­ted he lost his cool at the end of the game and should not have re­acted to the taunts of Ju­ven­tus sup­port­ers whom he ac­cused of in­sult­ing his fam­ily. The Manch­ester United man­ager cupped his hand to his ear and snarled at the Ital­ian fans as he milked the mo­ment af­ter see­ing his team com­plete a late vic­tory.

Mour­inho’s re­ac­tion drew crit­i­cism from for­mer United mid­fielder Paul Sc­holes, who ac­cused the Por­tuguese of a lack of class.

The United man­ager later sug­gested he re­gret­ted the episode but had risen to the bait af­ter claim­ing the Ju­ven­tus fans had den­i­grated his fam­ily and his for­mer col­leagues at In­ter Mi­lan, where he man­aged be­tween 2008 and 2010.

“I didn’t of­fend any­one at the end, I just made a ges­ture that I wanted to hear them louder,” he said. “I prob­a­bly shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my fam­ily in­sulted, in­clud­ing my In­ter fam­ily, I re­acted like this.

“On a beau­ti­ful Ital­ian day, I made a lit­tle thing. I know mil­lions are happy with the win. But I re­spect Ju­ven­tus and the qual­ity they have. I am re­ally proud of my boys be­cause they did ev­ery­thing.”

Mour­inho had also re­acted to the taunts of Ju­ven­tus fans at Old Traf­ford a fort­night ear­lier, when United lost 1-0, by rais­ing three fin­gers to de­note the tre­ble he won with In­ter in 2009-10.

Sc­holes was unim­pressed by the man­ager’s lat­est an­tics. “This is ev­ery­where he goes,” the BT Sport pun­dit said. “You need to win with a bit of class some­times, shake the man­ager’s hand. I don’t think there’s any need for it but that’s the way he is.”

The win pro­vides United with a boost ahead of Sun­day’s Manch­ester derby at the Eti­had Sta­dium and Mour­inho be­lieves it proved his side can com­pete with the best. “I think we played this sea­son against Chelsea and Ju­ven­tus away, the two best teams that we faced this sea­son and we played very well in both,” he said. “Here, we were lucky to win in the last minute, against Chelsea we were un­lucky not to win in last minute. But we played 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, and play.

“I want the feel­ing that we go to com­pete and this is the feel­ing the Manch­ester United sup­port­ers around the world want to have. Switch on the tele­vi­sion and it doesn’t mat­ter where we play, they know we are go­ing to com­pete.”

United now face Young Boys at Old Traf­ford be­fore trav­el­ling to Va­len­cia for their fi­nal Group H match with their prospects of reach­ing the knock­out stages en­hanced. “We have one fi­nal to play at home against Young Boys,” he said. “If my math­e­mat­ics are right then we qual­ify [only if Va­len­cia do not beat Ju­ven­tus] so I think now I leave it to the Old Traf­ford peo­ple.”

The game marked Paul Pogba’s first re­turn to Turin since he left for United in a then world record £89 mil­lion move in 2016 and he thanked the Ju­ven­tus fans for the warm re­cep­tion they gave him.

“The fans were very wel­com­ing with me and I ap­pre­ci­ate that,” he said. “We played against a good team, but the three points were most im­por­tant.

“I cel­e­brate for the goal, it was strange, it touched a lot of peo­ple. We’ve been play­ing well to­gether and un­til the end we’ve done very well. We had maybe an ex­tra breath or power to push it at the end.”

Cris­tiano Ronaldo felt Ju­ven­tus should have won com­fort­ably. “We should’ve won the game eas­ily,” the for­mer United striker said. “Three, four goals. Manch­ester didn’t do much, in my opin­ion.”

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