Jose Mourinho is set to face a two-match ban, following his sending off as Manchester United drew their fourth home game in a row and made their worst start to a league campaign for 27 years.
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in a month and could potentially face a further FA charge after he was dismissed for kicking a water bottle in anger due to Paul Pogba being booked for diving. Referee Jon Moss sent Mourinho marching from his technical area, making it the second time Moss has sent off Mourinho; the previous time was during Mourinho’s second stint at Chelsea.
It is the third time Mourinho has been in trouble with the FA this season, after being sent off by Mark Clattenburg during United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley, and being fined £50,000 for his comments on referee Anthony Taylor before United took on Liverpool at Anfield last month.
After the game, Mourinho refused to fulfil his media obligations, so he sent assistant Rui Faria. The Mirror reported his comments;
“I think everyone saw what happened, it’s part of the game. It was the referee’s decision, so nothing to say about the referee’s decision.
“I think everyone saw his frustration was shown in the situation where it should have been a free-kick for us and an issue with the yellow card to Paul, which means he’s out of the next match.
“So there are maybe reasons to express some frustration and, after that of course, the referee took the decision on the sending off but it comes, from our perspective, from a decision that should have been to the opposite side.”
Meanwhile, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic had sympathy for Jose;
“I don’t like any manager, especially him, to be sent off. It’s hard to judge from our angle if it was a dive or a foul, so I can understand it, but I don’t want him to be sent off.
“I saw him after the game. We didn’t talk about the mood, but he was good with me. He’s a gentleman. I like him.”
It looked as though from the moment Mourinho was sent off, United started to struggle, especially in that second half. It is obviously going to have an affect on the team, not having your manager on the touchline, barking orders, giving instructions and offering encouragement. If Mourinho does get a two match ban, then things could get real ugly for United. Assuming he gets the ban before Wednesday he will miss the EFL Cup tie with West Ham and would then miss a difficult tie away at Everton at the weekend. If he receives the ban after Wednesday, then Mourinho would miss the away match at Everton, and then miss a difficult away tie in the Europa League against Zorya Luhansk. Things just seem to be getting from bad to worse for United at the moment, let’s hope this rot stops soon.