Manchester United left it late to beat Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night but it is their managere Jose Mourinho who has grabbed all the headlines.
Jose Mourinho let his pent-up anger out on some water bottle holders after dreadful Manchester United rode their luck to seal progress to the Champions League last-16 through Marouane Fellaini’s late strike against Young Boys.
United’s struggles at home and their fans’ disenchantment had looked set to continue as it seemed that, for the first time in their history, they were going to be goalless at their own ground in a European tie for three matches in a row.
Yet, after largely dominating the match while being betrayed by a blunt edge up front, Fellaini turned to shoot home in the 91st minute, despite the ball appearing to come off his hand as he swivelled to strike it.
The late win after another sub-par performance at least ensured United qualified from Group H as they moved on to 10 points, two behind leaders Juventus who beat Valencia 1-0 to eliminate the Spaniards who have five. Young Boys are on one.
Mourinho kicked wildly at a tray of drinks bottles before picking it up and smashing it to the ground near the dug-out.
He had earlier come under fire for displaying his anger, shaking his head and throwing his arms around, when Marcus Rashford missed one of a number of chances.
Gary Lineker said on BT Sport: ‘If I saw that reaction from my manager after missing a chance, I’d be absolutely livid.’
But under-fire Mourinho defended himself against his critics when he said: ‘I would invite those people to sit on the bench as managers. But I think maybe it’s better to have lots of holidays in Barbados and go to a television screen and touch the electronic dummies.’
The Portuguese, however, may face UEFA action fine after he angrily hurled a container of drinks bottles to the turf in frenzied celebration, sending fragments flying in all directions.
‘Relief,’ said Mourinho when asked why he had launched the basket from above his head. ‘Frustration before that. I was not unhappy — I was frustrated we could not score.’
Former United star Paul Scholes branded the team’s display ‘awful’, despite their progression to the last 16 thanks to the narrow victory over the Swiss minnows.
But Mourinho responded sarcastically: ‘Let me send a message to my lovers. I play Champions League 14 years and I qualify 14 times. The two years I didn’t play Champions League I won Europa League twice.’