Jose Mourinho would love to be in a position to cup his ear at the end of the Manchester derby on Sunday, just like he did after Man United defeated Juventus in the Champions League
The Portuguese coach courted controversy by goading Juventus’ players and fans on the pitch after the Red Devils snatched a late 2-1 win in Turin.
Mourinho’s behaviour didn’t go down well with Paul Scholes, who accused him of lacking class.
“You need to win with a bit of class,” Scholes said on BT Sport. “Shake the managers hand, go over and clap your fans.
“I don't think there's any need for it but that's the way he is."
Mourinho later admitted that his gesture was in response to the insults that had been aimed at him by the home crowd.
"I probably shouldn’t have done it,” the 55-year-old said. “But with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.”
What Juve fans did to Mourinho
It turns out that Mourinho may have been concealing some information, though.
According to a United insider, Juventus fans didn’t just aim insults at Mourinho - they also spat at him.
“Considering what had happened during the game it was understandable that Jose acted in that manner,” the insider said, per the Mirror.
“It just wasn’t nasty personal insults, he was forced to put up with, but he was also spat at.
“Some of the spittle also landed on Jose’s assistants. It wasn’t very pleasant.
“What he did was just to show some emotion after a tremendous win.”
We’re taking the word of a Man United insider but if they are telling the truth, then Mourinho’s reaction is entirely understandable.
He was probably preparing his gesture the moment Alex Sandro bundled the ball into his own net.
Man United were in a pretty precarious position at 1-0 down. With Valencia defeating Young Boys, defeat for the Premier League club would have left them third in Group H.
But Sandro’s own goal, which followed Juan Mata’s superb free-kick, leaves the Red Devils in a fine position to advance to the knockout stage.