Mour­inho taunts crowd after Man United win

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - TURIN, ITALY (AP):

After lis­ten­ing to taunts from the Ju­ven­tus crowd for 90 min­utes, Jose Mour­inho couldn’t help but pay them back in kind. Mour­inho had to be es­corted off the pitch yes­ter­day after cel­e­brat­ing Manch­ester United’s 2-1 come­back win over the Ital­ian side in the Cham­pi­ons League by cup­ping his hand to his ear to the crowd after the fi­nal whis­tle.

The ges­ture sparked a small al­ter­ca­tion with Ju­ven­tus play­ers that over­shad­owed one of the most im­por­tant re­sults of the sea­son for United, who have strug­gled do­mes­ti­cally, but now have a great chance of reach­ing the knock­out stage in Europe.

“I came here to do my job and I was in­sulted for 90 min­utes,” Mour­inho said. “I wouldn’t do that ges­ture again, but I don’t think I of­fended any­one and at the time it seemed like the ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse to those who had in­sulted all my fam­ily, apart from my In­ter one too.”

Mour­inho is un­pop­u­lar among Ju­ven­tus fans after man­ag­ing bit­ter ri­vals In­ter Mi­lan for three years. After United’s 1-0 loss to Ju­ven­tus at home two weeks ago, he re­sponded to the goad­ing of the Ital­ian fans by hold­ing up three fin­gers to­wards them, de­not­ing the tre­ble of ti­tles — Cham­pi­ons League, Serie A and Ital­ian Cup — he won with In­ter in the 2009-10 sea­son.

This time he had an­other win to cel­e­brate, after watch­ing his team fight back from Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s spec­tac­u­lar open­ing goal. Juan Mata lev­elled with a free kick four min­utes from time and Alex San­dro net­ted an own goal in the fi­nal minute.

Jose Mour­inho

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