Man United boss Jose Mourinho and his cockiness: Five times he paid the price for his antics

Grumpy, grumpy Jose MourinhoGrumpy, grumpy Jose Mourinho (photo credits: Sky Sports)

Jose Mourinho has often found himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons

By Manasi Pathak

Known for his blunt comments and off-the-field cockiness, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has invited trouble again. On October 16, the gaffer was charged over comments he made in Portuguese to a television camera after his side’s win over Newcastle.

It is claimed Mourinho used “abusive, insulting or improper language” after the 3-2 comeback victory at Old Trafford on October 6. The Football Association used a lip reader and the 55-year-old’s remarks were deemed to be offensive.

Mourinho has a reputation for his blunt words, be it from his days at Chelsea, Real Madrid or Manchester United. Here, we take a look at five incidents where he paid the price for his antics.

March 2005: Mourinho was fined after he alleged Manchester United players were guilty of “fault and fault and cheat and cheat” during a Carling Cup semi-final clash.

December 2010: Mourinho was banned for one Champions League match after being found guilty of improper conduct. Mourinho – who had denied the allegations – was fined for appearing to instruct Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to attempt to receive strategic second yellow cards in the 4-0 win at Ajax.

August 2011: Mourinho, then in charge of Real Madrid, poked Barcelona’s then-assistant manager Tito Vilanova in the eye during touchline exchanges after a stormy Spanish Super Cup tie. He was handed a two-match ban following this.

May 2014: Jose, then at Chelsea, was fined for using sarcasm in his post-match comments in relation to referee Mike Dean and referees’ chief Mike Riley, following the defeat to Sunderland. Mourinho’s appeal against an fine for stepping on to the pitch and approaching referee Chris Foy in the defeat to Aston Villa on March 15 was also rejected.

October 2015: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was given a one-match stadium ban and fined by the Football Association for comments made about match officials. Mourinho had claimed officials were “afraid” to award his team penalties after Robert Madley denied Chelsea a spot-kick in a 3-1 loss to Southampton.