Manchester United manager hit back at Chelsea fans by insisting he is No.1, despite being labeled “Judas”. The former Chelsea manager was booed and chanted against by a section of Blues fans during their FA Cup tie against the Red Devils.
Mourinho’s men took on Anotonio Conte’s Chelsea on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge for a place in the semifinal of the FA Cup. But United’s defence of the title they won under Louis Van Gaal was brought to a halt by the London club. Chelsea won the game 1-0.
During the match, home fans in the east section chanted against Mourinho. Chants of ‘Judas’ and ‘You are not special anymore’ could be heard. Fans also chanted ‘It’s all your fault’, in reference to Chelsea not having European competition this season.
The Portuguese was Blues’ manager last season, before he was sacked. Chelsea had won the season before and were also in the knockout round of the Champions League, but we’re languishing in 16th position when he was sacked.
Mourinho responded to the chants by pointing to the turf and holding up three fingers at his detractors, signifying the trio of Premier League titles he claimed in two spells in south-west London
He also spoke about it in the post-match interview, claiming he still was the best Chelsea manager. “The fans can call me what they want. I am a professional. I defend my club.
“Until the moment [Chelsea] have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the No1. When they have somebody who wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’ll be No2. For this moment, ‘Judas’ is No1.”
The Manchester United boss also obliquely took a swipe at Chelsea players, who reportedly had a fallout with him last season.“Nobody saw us crying because we don’t have Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], this or that.
“The only thing we spoke about is the fact we are playing in Europe and our opponents aren’t. You know … our opponents could have been. I left the club last season in the Champions League having won the group, in the knockout phase playing the second leg at home. If they’d won the Champions League last year, they’d be playing in Europe this season.
“It’s not my fault. It’s the [fault of the] ones who stayed here and didn’t win the Champions League. What I share with them is that we didn’t have a good Premier League, and I share responsibility with that, ” Mourinho said.
He also had several run-ins with Antonio Conte during the match, with the fourth official repeatedly having to separate the two. The match itself was ill-tempered, with Ander Herrera sent off after picking two bookings, and Marcos Rojo stamping on Eden Hazard.
The Italian was critical of Manchester United and said: “This is not football for me. I don’t think this can be a tactic. This is the truth. Everyone saw this. I think sometimes, when you play against players with great talent, you try and intimidate these players.
“I think the referee must protect this type of player. What happens if they are put out with a bad injury?”