Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance against Wigan in 2009

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Jose Mourinho didn’t fail to hide his frustration after Marcus Rashford missed an opportunity to score against Young Boys on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach turned, crossed his arms and shook his head after the 21-year-old blazed the ball over the bar.

It was an open show of disappointment that didn’t sit well with Gary Lineker.

“As a centre forward, if I saw my manager react like that I would be absolutely livid,” Lineker said on BT Sport.

Lineker later tweeted: “You just don’t do that as a coach.”

Mourinho has come under criticism from a large number of Man United supporters for shaming Rashford.

But it’s worth remembering just how Sir Alex Ferguson reacted when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance to score for Man United.

Ferguson's reaction when Ronaldo missed

It was back in May 2009 and the Red Devils were struggling to overcome Wigan.

The score was 1-1 in the 81st minute, when Ronaldo lashed a wild effort high and wide of the goal.

And Fergie was fuming.

The Scot threw his arms in the air and screamed in Ronaldo’s direction.

Wonder if that will change the minds of those criticising Mourinho.

There is a difference in the situations, though. Ronaldo frequently found the back of the net, and Ferguson didn’t have to worry about knocking his confidence.

But Rashford has scored just twice this season and isn’t exactly doing much to show Mourinho that he deserves to start each week. Mourinho's reaction certainly won't fill him with confidence.


Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes joined Lineker in questioning Mourinho’s touchline behaviour, but the 55-year-old suggested they all stick to punditry.

“I can never, never blame a player because of missing chances,” Mourinho said.

“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.”

Trust Mourinho to come out all guns blazing.

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