Jose Mourinho is never one to be afraid of a bit of aggro, nor he is the most timid when it comes to post-match confrontations.
But it sounds as though he was particularly targeted as players and staff members from both teams reportedly clashed in the tunnel after Manchester City’s 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford.
According to the BBC, Mourinho “had water and milk thrown at him”.
“After the players headed down the tunnel, it is understood Mourinho made his feelings known in the corridor from which both dressing rooms are accessed as he made his way back out to do post-match interviews.
“The City camp reacted, with Brazil goalkeeper Ederson and Mourinho exchanging words angrily in Portuguese – but Mourinho carried out his post-match media engagements as normal and made no mention of it.”
The Daily Mail’s report of the events was, inevitably, a lot more graphic with a few hefty dashes of hyperbole…
“Mourinho had water squirted at him, was hit on the head by an empty plastic bottle and was also doused with milk from a flying carton as a melee ensued involving some 20 players and staff
“Mourinho demanded City players show ‘more respect’ as music blared out of their dressing room following their 2-1 victory. He walked into the away dressing room and was confronted by City keeper Ederson. The two were involved in a heated exchange, squaring up and shouting at each other in Portuguese.
“United players followed Mourinho into the corridor between dressing rooms, sparking the skirmishes. Witnesses said some players tried to swing punches while police looked on in disbelief. City coach Mikel Arteta, one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants, received a cut to the head which left him bleeding.”
Quite remarkable if true.
So Mourinho thought City ‘lacked respect’ with their celebrations and the victorious visitors thought the United boss ‘overstepped the boundaries’ by entering their dressing room to voice his displeasure.
Not far off from the famous ‘Pizzagate’ in 2004 when Cesc Fabregas hit Sir Alex Ferguson on the head with a slice of the good stuff.
In fairness to City boss Pep Guardiola at least, he reportedly refused to join in with his players’ wild celebrations, despite apparent attempts to persuade him to.
Regardless, City will be the happy ones after the win which took them a staggering 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.