Sunday 16 June 2019

'You have to have more maturity' - Jose Mourinho's dig at Klopp, Conte and Guardiola after West Brom win

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in no mood to celebrate at the Hawthorns on Sunday Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in no mood to celebrate at the Hawthorns on Sunday Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted he will not celebrate his side's goals unless they are last minute winners in a vital match, in what was a less than subtle snipe at some of his 'energetic' Premier League managerial rivals.

Mourinho showed little emotion on the touchline as he saw his side secure a tight 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, with the lack of elation shown by the United boss a subject of discussion after the game.

A week after Mourinho went into the Manchester City dressing room to chastise Pep Guardiola and his players for what he saw as over-celebrating their 2-1 win against his team Old Trafford, it appears he was keen to make a point with his touchline conduct at the Hawthorns.

Mourinho has also been critical of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for their touchline enthusiasm over the last couple of seasons and when asked why he was so reluctant to toast his side's latest win, he offered up this response.

"I will celebrate if my team scores a winning goal in the last minute, but you have to have more maturity and keep your feet on the ground," said Mourinho.

"If some guys want to be kids until the last day of their careers or if they want to act to the cameras then they can. But if we score an important goal then I can do anything.”

Mourinho, who confirmed Antonio Valencia suffered a hamstring injury at West Brom, also dismissed a video of Manchester City's players chanting - following their win over Spurs - about his side 'parking the bus' in a direct jibe to their rivals.

"I didn't see, I didn't watch. I am not interested in doing that," he stated. "You are the ones to make your evaluations, your comments. For me nothing."

He also reaffirmed his insistence that the title race was not over, despite Manchester City's unstoppable form amid their 16-game winning run in the Premier League.

"I know that the questions are always coming in the same direction and I keep saying the same. Last match in the Premier League, Watford at Old Trafford, mid-May, and until then every match we go," he added.

"Every match we try to win. If you do that question to us and then you do it to the third and the fourth and to the fifth and to the sixth, probably they disappear. Probably they want to go on holidays.

"We don't want to go on holidays. We want to play until the last match."

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