Jose Mourinho: How Man Utd chief Ed Woodward may react to Juventus gesture | Football | Sport
Mourinho has turned Manchester United’s ship from a wreak to something resembling a navy vessel. Their early season Premier League woes already seem a long time ago.
On Wednesday, the 55-year-old got things right. Juventus, a side widely acknowledged as favourites for Champions League football, were the victims as United finally got their mojo back.
For the most part, it was not vintage. With Mourinho, you do not get the same swashbuckling displays Liverpool and Manchester City manager under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
But United have a winner. Albeit a controversial one.
Jose Mourinho’s gesture was blockbuster and, as he stood on the Juventus turf making his point known to their fans, it was almost like it was 2010 again.
Back then, he beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals with Inter Milan amid taunts of ‘the translator’ – a reference to the fact he used to translate for the late Sir Bobby Robson.
Instead of walking down the tunnel, though, Mourinho chose to celebrate in his way.
The United boss sprinted onto the turf and, despite Victor Valdes trying to pull him away, Mourinho was too strong. Too adamant. Too eager to get his point across.
That image ranks among his most iconic and his decision to cup his ears at Juventus fans last night will do too.
For some, they have taken it badly. Paul Scholes, Mr Cheery on BT Sport, condemned him.
“You need to win with a bit of class,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“I don’t think there is any need for that. Go over and clap the away fans, shake the manager’s hand.
“It is needless but that is just the way he is.”
Scholes isn’t the only one though. Graeme Souness also took aim. And El Larguero journalist Manu Carreno believes Mourinho should be kicked out of the game. Yes, really.
“Mourinho should be kicked out of football, for good,” he ranted.
“He’s a guy who has no sense of ridicule, who doesn’t have any manners, doesn’t have a sense of shame.
“What he did today at the end of the Juventus-Manchester United game is difficult to watch. It’s actually uncomfortable to watch.”
But will Woodward care? Not a jot.
United knew two things when they took Mourinho on in the summer of 2016 after two years of tedious football under Louis van Gaal.
One, was that attacking football was not going to be a regular thing.
And the second was that Mourinho attracts trouble. That’s just part of his character.
Woodward has backed his manager to come good. Following the Juventus win, that certainly won’t change anytime soon.