Jose Mourinho has never been a manager who received a warm welcome at any of the away grounds, and his visit to the Etihad for the crucial Manchester Derby on Thursday was no different.
The Portuguese visited the noisy neighbours with a slightly weakened squad due to several injuries, but after 90 minutes of football, Manchester United came away with a crucial point to keep themselves very much in the midst of the top 4 race.
Despite the game ending as a goalless draw, it wasn’t completely uneventful, as Red Devils’ midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off late in the match for headbutting City talisman Sergio Aguero.
Moreover, on the sidelines of the pitch, Jose Mourinho too, had an interesting moment with the Manchester City fans, when United starlet Marcus Rashford was fouled by Nicolas Otamendi, much to the displeasure of the Special One.
Jose reacted by protesting angrily at the officials – something that City fans picked up, and replied by breaking out in the chant of “F*ck off Mourinho!”
But being the character that the Manchester United boss is, he reacted in a cool and cheeky fashion, by simply waving back at the Citizens’ fans.
"F*** off Mourinho!" chant City fans after he protests about Otamendi foul on Rashford. He responds with a little wave.
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) April 27, 2017
Mourinho responds with a wave to City fans verbally abusing him. Water off a duck's back #mufc
— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathiesonMEN) April 27, 2017
During the post-match interview, Mourinho was quick to praise his team’s defensive performance as well as defend Fellaini by criticising Sergio Aguero’s antics, but the former Chelsea manager did opine that Manchester City will finish in a Champions League spot this year.
“I think Man City is going to finish top four,” Jose claimed. “I think the matches they have to play, I see them doing that, I think it’s between us, Arsenal and Liverpool.
“And we are going to try but the reality is that we have a European semi-final to play, we have lots of problems with players and we go with what is possible. But we are going to fight until it’s mathematically impossible.”
Written by Kunal Kambli. Tweet to get in touch with him.