Jose Mourinho won his second major title with Manchester United last Sunday, as his men beat Southampton 3-2 to lift the EFL Cup at Wembley.
The Red Devils took a 2-0 win against the tide of the game, but the Saints replied by pulling two back to tie the game 2-2, courtesy of goals from new signing Manolo Gabbiadini. However, United’s own new signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ended up scoring the winner to help his team win the cup, and the Reds added another trophy to their decorated cabinet, despite having played poorly on the night.
During Manchester United‘s post-match celebrations, which involved the players getting presented with their medals and the trophy, many noticed Jose Mourinho looking glum and unhappy.
Social media immediately began to speculate around the reason behind the Portuguese’s poor mood, with most people coming to the conclusion that Jose was unhappy with his team’s performance in the final. And their beliefs were only reinforced after Mourinho described the way in which his team won as ‘unfair’ during his post-match press conference.
“First of all, the man that just left table (Southampton manager Claude Puel) has a reason to be really sad and disappointed,” said the former Chelsea boss. “His team did fantastic work, deserved extra time, and to lose in the 87th minute gives very little time to try to react. It’s a bit unfair for them. They gave us a beautiful final, a beautiful match.”
However, as per Starsport, the real reason behind Mourinho’s doleful appearance was not related to his team’s performance on the pitch, but his personal issues of it.
The report reveals that Jose’s father, Felix, was in poor health on Sunday, which is why he couldn’t make it to London to watch the final. This apparently upset Jose, due to the fact that his father has been ever present during all the other finals his son has managed in.
Felix Mourinho, 76, has been in poor health since last season, and has been in and out of the hospital since last season, back when Jose was still at Chelsea.
However, the Special One did celebrate with his family following the cup victory, as he took his wife Matilde, daughter Matilde, and son Jose Mario Jr. to their favourite Japanese restaurant in Knightsbridge.