Jose Mourinho, Manchester United coach, defended his obvious taunts to the supporters of Juventus F. C. at the match between Manchester United and Juventus on Wednesday,7th of November 2018.
The manager of the red devils made a gesture with his hands at the supporters of the opposing team after his side’s epic revival which earned them a 2-1 win over the Italians and boosted the possibility of them reaching the knockout stages of the 2018 Champions League.
Former Manchester United player, Cristiano Ronaldo, had acquired a deserved lead for Juve in the second half but United bounced back with a free kick from Juan Mata in the 86th minute and a scrappy own goal in stoppage time which Uefa credited to Leonardo Bonucci.
“If you understand Italian you will know that I was insulted by them for 90 minutes. I didn’t offend anyone, I just made a gesture to tell them that I wanted to hear them louder,”
Mourinho told reporters after cupping his ear to the home fans at the final whistle, prompting a cascade of howling whistles.
“I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have. But with my family insulted, including my Inter Milan family, I reacted like this.”
During an interview with BT Sport about his gesture to the Juventus fans and animated confrontation with some of their players post-match, Jose Mourinho appeared to send a thinly veiled message to English football’s organizing body.
“Do you understand Italian? Then maybe ask the FA to translate for you,” he said.
The amazing comeback victory has set Manchester United up for Sunday’s local derby against Premier League leaders, Manchester City.