Jose Mourinho’s reactions certainly made a lot of buzz when Manchester United clashed against Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League. The Red Devils barely won the fixture, with Marouane Fellaini netting the winner late in added time to make the scoreline 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Prior to that, the Red Devils had put in a horrendous showing, missing numerous chances. The most obvious of those was when Marcus Rashford failed to convert a chance that could have easily put the home side ahead.
This didn’t sit well with Jose Mourinho, whose powerful reaction on the touchline against the English youngster was criticized. Many thought that the gaffer was too hard on Rashford, who is already struggling for confidence at the Mancunian outfit.
However, this isn’t the first time that a Manchester United manager has had such a reaction to a player missing an open chance. One past event, in particular, involved two big names.
When Manchester United clashed against Wigan Athletic in 2009, the scoreline was 1-1 for quite a while, and both sides were desperate for a goal.
During this fixture, none other than Cristiano Ronaldo botched up an easy chance at goal, shooting the ball way above the woodwork.
Needless to say, Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t too happy about the miss, and made his displeasure known quite well with an animated reaction from the touchline against the Portuguese forward. As of such, the comparison writes itself, and perhaps the entire thing is being blown out of proportion.
Mourinho himself had this to say in response to the numerous pundits that were criticizing his touchline antics: “I can never, never blame a player because of missing chances.
“I think maybe is better to have lots of holidays in Barbados and go to television screen and touch the electronic dummies, is much more comfortable than be on touchline like we managers we are.”