Controversy seems to follow Jose Mourinho wherever he goes, and the Portuguese was in the headlines for the wrong reasons this past Saturday.
The Manchester United boss is facing a stadium ban after confronting Mark Clattenburg during half-time of his team’s 0-0 draw against Burnley.
Mourinho wanted to sit in the front row but was moved to the directors’ box. With club legend Sir Bobby Charlton sitting metres away from him, it must have been a rather embarrassing experience for the 53-year-old.
The United boss is already under investigation by the FA after he questioned the decision to appoint Anthony Taylor as the referee for his team’s recent game against Liverpool.
A stadium ban, coupled with United’s recent struggles in the Premier League, would just compound Mourinho’s woes.
The Red Devils recorded 37 shots against Burnley yet still managed to draw a blank. Mourinho tried in vein to control things from his seat high up in the stands, having notes delivered to his assistant, Rui Faria, but United had to settle for a point that leaves them eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
It’s been a pretty stressful period for the former Chelsea boss. He recently described his current living situation - Mourinho is holed up at the Lowry hotel, where he’s frequently pestered by the paparazzi - as a “bit of a disaster”.
“You know the history of the paparazzi, for the hotel and the brand that sponsors me, the clothes brand, [it] is amazing because they are there every day,” he said, via the Telegraph.
“Everybody knows the name of the hotel. Everybody knows the last arrivals of that brand. So for them, it is amazing.
“For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t.
"I just want to cross the bridge and go for a restaurant. I can’t, so it is really bad. But I have my apps and I can ask for food to also be delivered.”
Bailly was told off
It seems as if Mourinho’s habit of turning down photos has carried over into Old Trafford.
The feisty manager sat in the same row as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly after he was relocated on Saturday.
In a story brought to our attention by the Daily Mail, Mourinho is seen appearing to tell Bailly to stop taking photos during the second half.
Judging by the angle, it doesn’t look as if the Ivory Coast international is trying to sneak a photo of his manager, but we’ll let you be the judge.
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