Tuesday 25 June 2019

FA to investigate Jose Mourinho's touchline comments during comeback win against Newcastle

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the touchline after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 6, 2018. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the touchline after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 6, 2018. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Phil Medlicott

The Football Association is to investigate comments made by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as he walked along the touchline after Saturday's 3-2 win over Newcastle.

Footage from Saturday shows Mourinho saying something - at one point while looking into a camera - as he headed towards the tunnel following the conclusion of the Premier League contest at Old Trafford.

The FA can issue a touchline ban if the language is found to be 'offensive, insulting or abusive'.

United secured victory thanks to a dramatic late fightback after going 2-0 down early on, with Juan Mata scoring in the 70th minute, Anthony Martial in the 76th and Alexis Sanchez in the 90th as their four-game winless streak in all competitions came to an end.

Ahead of the match, senior figures at the club strongly denied a report from the previous evening that Mourinho would be sacked over the weekend, regardless of the outcome of the game.

Mourinho also made a gesture with his left hand while speaking, pointing with his little finger.

The 55-year-old, who claimed after the match that he was the subject of a "manhunt", said when asked what the gesture means: "It is a finger. Smaller than the others, but it is a finger."

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