Jose Mourinho was sent off during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday,by referee Craig Pawson after he was called over by fourth official Mike Jones in the 90th minute. The United manager earlier appeared to encroach onto the pitch and applaud Ander Herrera to track back after Mario Lemina skipped past Antonio Valencia.
Mourinho could now be in line for disciplinary action, either in the form of a fine or touchline ban.
Jones described how Mourinho incurred the referee’s wrath as he “maniacally tried to get his players back into position to see off the late threat of the hosts.”
He was given his marching orders for encroaching on the pitch as he barked orders at his players to get back into their defensive shape.
However, Mourinho seemed unaware of referee Pawson’s reasoning and claimed he did not understand why he had been dismissed.
When asked about the incident, he said: “I don’t know. You will have to ask the referee.”he said.
Though the United boss was delighted with the way his players held on for all three points to keep pace with their rivals Manchester City in the league.
“Three fantastic points, the same points as when we win 4-0,” Mourinho told MUTV after the game.
“Difficult pace to come, good opponent without anything to lose that tried in the last 25 minutes to be really offensive and fight to rescue a point. Uk express report”.
Mourinho claimed confusion over the reasons behind his sending off, although he did admit to colliding with the fourth official, per Luckhurst: “I don’t know. I don’t know. Craig told me to leave and I left. I don’t know. He told me to leave, I left.”
During an interview, Mourinho said, “The weather was beautiful. Even if you train at 11am, 12pm, 3pm. in Manchester, we don’t get this weather. Seriously. The last time we had this was in Los Angeles and then in Macedonia, and they felt it.
“I saw some players not sharp. Great spirit and always trying, but not the same sharpness. So if your opponent is coming with everything against you, let’s do it for 10 or 15 minutes and stay solid.
“We are better this season than last. But this is nothing. It’s just a start. I really think that six teams are going to fight for the title.”
United took all three points, thanks to a first-half finish from Romelu Lukaku.
According to bleacherreport, match officials Jones cited how the 54-year-old received a ban and a fine worth £58,000 for disciplinary infractions during league matches against Burnley and Liverpool last season.
Mourinho is no stranger to getting into trouble with match officials