Emo­tional Mour­inho up­set­ting United chiefs

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LON­DON: Jose Mour­inho’s er­ratic be­hav­ior is not sit­ting well with some se­nior Manchester United fig­ures a source from within the English Premier League gi­ants told the Daily Mail on Tues­day.

The 53-year-old Por­tuguese is hav­ing to an­swer his third charge this cam­paign by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, for be­ing dis­missed for kick­ing over a wa­ter bot­tle in re­sponse to ref­eree Jon Moss book­ing Paul Pogba dur­ing the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sun­day, since he ar­rived to much fan­fare in the close sea­son.

Mour­inho, who has al­ready been fined twice and served a one match touch­line ban over the pre­vi­ous two charges, has not had the gal­va­niz­ing im­pact the board and the fans ex­pected af­ter he re­placed the sacked Louis van Gaal.

The draw with the Ham­mers leaves them 11 points adrift of lead­ers Chelsea, who sacked him last sea­son months af­ter he de­liv­ered the ti­tle, and hav­ing made their worst start to a cam­paign since the 1989/90 sea­son.

The United source told the Mail the pres­sure he placed on him­self — quite apart from the pres­sure of expectations by oth­ers — and the way he was re­act­ing to it had made sev­eral at the club ill at ease although the leg­endary Alex Fer­gu­son was no stranger to emo­tional out­bursts on the touch­line in his hey­day.

“There’s a fine line be­tween mad­ness and ge­nius,” said the source.

“Peo­ple re­act dif­fer­ently to pres­sure and he’s ob­ses­sive about win­ning.

“Ev­ery­one thinks he cam live up to his rep­u­ta­tion as the Spe­cial One but the pres­sure he is putting him­self un­der needs a re­lease.

“Af­ter all its just kick­ing a wa­ter bot­tle.

“But there’s no doubt it has up­set the ap­ple­cart be­cause he courts con­tro­versy in a way oth­ers haven’t here.

“It up­sets peo­ple at the club be­cause they’re not used to it.”

Mour­inho’s next test will come on Wed­nes­day when United host West Ham in an English Foot­ball League quar­ter­fi­nal.

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