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FA investigating Jose Mourinho ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool clash

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With much of the talk heading into Monday night's high-profile game between Manchester United and Liverpool surrounding referee Anthony Taylor, you just knew Jose Mourinho wasn't going to be able to keep completely silent on the subject.

And, as we reported earlier today, the Red Devils boss has spoken this weekend on the controversy surrounding the Premier League's decision to put a referee born in the Greater Manchester area in charge of the notoriously heated fixture. 

However, after claiming it would be "difficult" for Taylor to officiate the game as well as insinuating a potential ulterior motive behind him getting the job, Mourinho could have landed himself in trouble with the FA.

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That's after The Mirror reported that the Football Association are looking into the Portuguese manager's comments - a move in accordance with rule changes brought in in 2009 to prevent intimidatory or influential comments towards referees in the run up to games.

So, what exactly did Mourinho say to put the FA on alert this time?

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Speaking about Taylor - who Liverpool fans claimed could show bias against their team, despite the fact he has already pledged allegiance to Altrincham - the United boss said:

"I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee.

"But I think somebody with intention is putting such pressure on him that I feel it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance."

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On the face of it, Mourinho seems to be backing Taylor as a reliable official. However, it isn't difficult to interpret the comments as an experienced manager applying his own pressure on Taylor to have a "good performance" that wouldn't hurt the Red Devils.

At this stage, there is no indication that Mourinho could be charged for his words of wisdom, only that the FA are going to look into them ahead of what is a huge game in the Premier League tomorrow.


However, considering the FA's guidelines on the issue make it clear that "any media comments by managers, players or any other club officials relating to appointed match officials prior to a fixture will no longer be allowed," Mourinho has left himself open to some form of punishment.

It is a shame that what is effectively a non-issue regarding the match official has dominated much of the talk ahead of the first United-Liverpool clash of the season.

Hopefully, in less than 12 hours time, we will be talking about the players and action on the pitch, rather than the decisions made.

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