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Jose Mourinho: Did Manchester United managers celebrations go too far or show passion?

This was poised to be a tribute to the great Cristiano before José Mourinhos side produced a group-stage homage to 1999

Instead of which on a mild, still, occasionally fevered night in Turin United produced a moment of Barcelona-lite, a group stage homage to the triumphs of 1999, turning 1-0 down into 2-1 up in the final four minutes.

The goal record is astounding, both by Serie A standard and considering that Icardi is playing for a club who fought gamely merely to finish in the top four last season. Since August 2017, Icardi has played 46 Serie A and Champions League matches and scored 38 goals. Watch him make a succession of runs without being found, challenge for aerial duels and keep two central defenders busy and you quickly become convinced that Icardi is the perfect central striker. He also has enough passion for Inter’s entire squad to share between them.

Read more There was even time for some high-grade toxic José Mourinho theatre at the end. First Uniteds manager could be seen waving his arms and stamping his feet like an angry little marionette as Marcus Rashford, through on goal, had the temerity to try to actually score rather than running it into the corner, or hiding in a hole with the ball up his jumper, or poking a passing pensioner in the eye, or whatever else José had in mind.

Manchester City’s punishing form If shock home defeat to Lyon instantly killed Manchester City’s complacency, that was bad news for every team who would have the subsequent misfortune to cross their path. If the 0-0 draw at Anfield was a result of Pep Guardiola’s fear of being counter-attacked to death and Riyad Mahrez’s late missed penalty, it was the only fly in the luxurious ointment. Since Lyon, City have scored 33 goals in 11 matches and conceded only twice.

As the final whistle was blown Mourinho could be seen punching the air furiously. Not a punch of joy, but an actual nose-crushing series of straight rights in his moment of triumph. Finally he marched out on to the pitch and was confronted by Leonardo Bonucci, irresistibly riled by this figure in black, cupping his ear to the crowd, producing a horribly weird, mocking sneer.

A match that had looked like fading out into the mutual handshake of a useful draw with an hour gone had become something else entirely. A match that had looked like becoming a paean to the great Cristiano with 63 minutes gone had become something else again.

On Tuesday evening, Monaco were humbled 4-0 at home to Club Brugge. It was a disastrous result that leaves them likely to exit European competition entirely in December. But even that pales into insignificance against the backdrop of Monaco’s potentially irreversible decline. They have not won in 15 matches in all competitions, are 19th in Ligue Un, are in the midst of an injury crisis and their billionaire owner has been arrested as part of an investigation into corruption.

And from here there will be a temptation for some to see turning points, thresholds crossed, a sense of ignition for whatever third-season, late-stage José United is supposed to look like. If this is perhaps a leap too far two things are certain. First, this United team produced a display that Mourinho will treasure for its discipline and its hard edges.

Paul Pogba A brilliant result for his team, but a night on which Pogba again laboured in Manchester United’s midfield back at the place he calls “home”. If the Juventus fans who roared his name in appreciation before the game had their way then Pogba would be back in black and white next summer, but the likely reality is that the Frenchman will stay in Manchester. Jose Mourinho cannot trust his club to spend the potential proceeds wisely.

And second, this is the best single result of the Mourinho era. Juventus dont lose in Turin. Stretching back to 2003 Juventus had been beaten just once in 35 home Champions League group stage games before last night. The Allianz Stadium is an ugly, remote, strangely impenetrable fortress, shoved in behind a shopping mall moat and a high wire fence. Inside its a magnificent, steeply banked amphitheatre, with its deafening Eurotrash PA, the familiar squeal of AC/DCs Thunderstruck as the home players come out to warm up. Juve under the lights like state-of-the-art stadium rock football. Except, not quite this time.

Atletico Madrid Heavy defeat in Dortmund means that Atletico are still hoping for a slip-up from their Group A rivals to finish top, but any chance that Club Brugge had of causing an unthinkable shock have evaporated. This was a night to showcase Diego Simeone’s Atletico in their most distilled form: 31% possession that equated to 15 shots and Dortmund failing to even manage a shot on target. There is plenty of life in the old dogs yet.

For the first hour United had been tough and gristly, a team playing an older version of European football, a matter of stilling the crowd and calming the tempo. It is worth remembering who they were up against too, and not just the man Mourinho referred to as that player afterwards. Although, yes, mainly him. There had been a mere six pages on this game in Gazzetta on Wednesday morning, under the heading Il Big Match. Cristiano Ronaldo the sun king, dominated most of it, with Paul Pogbas return little more than a curio.

Mauro Icardi ‘Maurinter’ read the front-page headline on Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday morning, a tribute to the importance of Inter’s talisman. If this club is to claw its way back to the top of the summit following a spectacular fall from grace, it is Icardi who will lead them there. If Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic offer support, Icardi is the one world-class talent Inter currently possess.

Read more With 15 minutes gone Ronaldo had taken 10 touches, three of them shots at goal. There were a few moments of dizzyingly fine close control from Paulo Dybala, who appears to have a strangely hypnotic, sensual relationship with the ball. United were quietly playing well. They were compact and calm in their charcoal grey away kit, the kind of colour the artisan paint charts call armadillo breath or autumn toenail. Runs were tracked. A shape was maintained. Ashley Young has become a vocal leader in this team. Before kick-off he went around hugging every one of his teammates and whispering words of succour in their ears. And he was solid and spiky here, a skinny little warrior on that right flank.

Klopp must take his share of the blame. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Naby Keita were all rested, and Sturridge’s early miss cost Liverpool dear. More importantly than that, Sturridge’s link-up play with the other forwards is far below Firmino’s level. They did create enough chances to warrant victory, but only three of their 22 shots were on target. As the game wore on, Liverpool became desperate and shot from range.

When it came Juves opening goal was a masterpiece conjured up out of some steady pressure. It was made by Bonuccis sublime lofted pass, but mainly by the run, Ronaldos feet suddenly pounding the turf like a boxer hitting the speed bag as he drove through the centre of the United defence. As the ball fell, slowly, gently over his shoulder he didnt have to break stride, spanking it with the top of his right foot past David de Gea. He ran to the corner, arms outspread, and raised the hem of his shirt in celebration, rippling those 33-year-old abdominals. And so we remember, at this difficult time, not only Cristianos ab-ripple, but also Pardews dance, its close forebear in the vanity-hubris stakes.

Club Brugge A first Champions League group-stage win since 2005, achieved in the style that befitted their glitzy surroundings. Having won the league in his first full season in charge, Ivan Leko is making a name for himself in Europe and has surely earned his club an unlikely post-Christmas European campaign. Just pray those investigations into money laundering and match-fixing don’t turn up anything unpleasant.

Uniteds change changed the game. Juan Mata floated in a lovely free-kick to score with his third touch. The winner was bundled in from another set piece. United had silenced, and then infuriated, the stadium. And whatever happens from here to this muscular, pared back, increasingly convincing side, they will always have Turin.

Even a Harry Kane stymied by tiredness can still be Tottenham’s saviour. Tottenham may well still fail to qualify from Group B, Inter’s late equaliser against Barcelona meaning they will probably have to beat both to have a chance of making it through. But in a Wembley littered with empty seats and with storm clouds threatening to form over this season, Kane reversed the headlines. There is still a chance.

Jose Mourinho cupped his hand to his ear and taunted the Juventus fans following his Manchester United sides dramatic comeback in the Champions League group encounter in Turin on Wednesday.

Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci approached to Mourinho to complain after the full-time whistle, while striker Paulo Dybala also questioned him.

Santiago Solari Baby steps, but the first steps away from crisis can be the hardest and most important. Real Madrid have won three straight matches against mediocre opposition – at best – in three different competitions, but they have done so by scoring 11 times and not conceding a goal. If this is Solari’s long audition for the job on a full-time basis, he has not yet put a foot wrong.

Mourinho said afterwards he has “respect for Juventus” and was reacting to “insults” from the home fans.

For Henry, whose new-manager bounce is nowhere to be seen, a coaching career already looks bleak less than a month after taking over. Having been reportedly given the choice between Aston Villa and Monaco and opting for his former club, the clever option might have been neither. An inexperienced manager needs a solid platform to find his feet. Henry has the opposite. Failure will tarnish his reputation.

“In a beautiful Italian city, they insulted me for 90 minutes,” Mourinho, who managed Juventus rivals Inter Milan between 2008 and 2010, told BT Sport. “I didnt insult them. I just made a little thing.

“I know the millions of Inter fans are happy with that. But I respect Juventus, their players, the manager, the quality they have.”

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was not too fazed by it and said “everyone has their own personal reactions”.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said Mourinho could have shown “a bit of class”, while ex-United striker Dion Dublin said all the attention “turned to Mr Mourinho”.

Liverpool are now in serious danger of suffering a self-inflicted demise in the Champions League’s group of death, ludicrous given their win against PSG at Anfield. The likelihood is that four points from two matches will do, but can we trust them to avoid defeat in Paris having lost in Belgrade and Naples? Carlo Ancelotti will be masterminding an Anfield rearguard action.

Scholes speaking on BT Sport: “This is everywhere he goes. You need to win with a bit of class sometimes, shake the managers hand. I dont think theres any need for it but thats the way he is.”

Dublin on Radio 5 live: “There was no real need for Jose Mourinho to get involved there. The players were all congratulating each other and some were going over to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Then all of the attention turns to Mr Mourinho, he has his right hand to his right ear as if to say to all the Juve fans, What have you got to say about that?”

Now, in Smalling’s mind, Juventus operate on such a different plane to United that one of their longest-serving players felt that the team were in awe of their opposition. There may be nothing that more accurately highlights United’s slide into comparative mediocrity, the wheels greased by the incompetence of the club’s hierarchy.

The Portuguese did get some support from Owen Hargreaves though. The former Manchester United midfielder said it was a “big week” for the club and the celebration was understandable.

Schalke No club in the Champions League has a better defensive record than the team who sit 14th in the Bundesliga. If a lack of goals is killing Schalke’s domestic form, four in four games has been plenty enough in Europe. Barring a disaster, they will be playing knockout Champions League football for the first time in four years.

Hargreaves on BT Sport: “Its not necessary but its a remarkable result and its a big week for United and Mourinho.”

If serene qualification without being tested can often undermine a team heading into the knockout stages, Liverpool have certainly avoided that fate. Klopp will hammer home to his players that Liverpool’s overperformance last season has made them a target for other clubs. In such circumstances, complacency is a killer.

He clashed with the Juventus fans in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford last month when he held three fingers up, in reference to the treble he won while manager of Inter Milan in 2010.

Manchester United, doing it again If not the best performance of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United tenure, certainly the best result. Comeback victories over Bournemouth and Newcastle United proved that United still had some fighting spirit, but repeating the same trick against Juventus is a great deal more impressive.

He also famously raced down the touchline when his Porto side knocked United out of the Champions League back in 2004, sliding on his knees.

This was proof too that Guardiola was not fibbing when he insisted that the off-field allegations against City would cause no distractions to the team on the pitch. While a PR storm engulfs the Etihad, Guardiola is far too smart to create an excuse for underperformance. Not with a Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon.

Mourinho was given a five-match European ban for his conduct after Real Madrids Champions League semi-final first-leg against Barcelona in 2011 too.

Harry Winks 104 touches, a passing accuracy of 91% and four tackles in central midfield are all lovely things, but on Tuesday evening Winks created seven chances. Only four times has that been bettered in a Champions League game since the start of last season. Stay free from injury and he really can be a bloody star.

And recently, Mourinho was on the receiving end of some passionate celebrating as Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni was fined £6,000 by the FA for his taunts in front of the United manager at the end of their 2-2 draw.

Annette: Once again Mourinho proving hes got no class at the end of the game why does he have to do that!

Harrish Lakka: Mou taking on the supporters reminds me of Hitchens taking on the audience. Something mischievous yet audacious.

Kashyap Savalia: Personally I dont think that was lack of class from Mourinho to celebrate like that. Players do celebrate like that all the time. Also, do you think Juve fans were chanting nice things about him given his Inter connection?! No chance!

Chris AFC: Lucky victory and then Jose Mourinho goads the home crowd with a ridiculous celebration. There is a reason I rarely/never feel sorry for their demise.

Jim Camina-Carry: Jose Mourinho is savage. That celebration reminds me so much of Juv vs Inter in his early years in Serie A.

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