Jose Mourinho doesn’t like ‘circus’ after a Manchester United F.C. win

Manchester United F.C. manager Jose Mourinho claims the club quickly returned to normal after a volatile conclusion to the derby last weekend.

football Updated: Dec 16, 2017 18:17 IST
By Iain Strachan
By Iain Strachan
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Jose Mourinho-coached Manchester United F.C. lost to Manchester City F.C. in their Premier League encounter last week. (Twitter )

Jose Mourinho appears to have renewed his criticism of Manchester City F.C. and Pep Guardiola, claiming he prefers to strike an emotional balance in both victory and defeat.

The Manchester United F.C. manager was reportedly furious at City’s noisy celebrations in the wake of their 2-1 derby win at Old Trafford last weekend, prompting a confrontation between the players that remains under Football Association investigation.

(Read | Jose Mourinho runs afoul of Football Association for pre-Manchester derby comments)

United responded to that loss by battling to a 1-0 home victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday.

And Mourinho, speaking ahead of his team’s away match at West Brom on Sunday, insisted the atmosphere at the club had cooled considerably soon after the post-match confrontation with their neighbours and rivals.

“The next day the place was normal — as I like it,” he said.

(Read | Pep Guardiola takes yet another subtle dig at eternal rival Jose Mourinho)

“I don’t like a circus when you win and you’re happy. I don’t like a sad place when you lose. I like an emotional balance. Bournemouth was difficult and we coped. Back to normal.”

Romelu Lukaku cut a restrained figure after he netted the only goal against the Cherries in the 25th minute.

Questioned about the striker’s apparent lack of desire to celebrate, Mourinho replied: “I didn’t either. I control my emotions. I’m not acting to the cameras or the fans.”

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 18:17 IST