‘I was insulted for 90 minutes’ – Mourinho justifies Juve gesture after comeback



Jose Mourinho confessed he “shouldn’t have” taunted Juventus fans after Manchester United’s victory. “I was insulted for 90 minutes.”

The former Inter boss had already traded gestures and chants with the crowd at Old Trafford, but at the final whistle in Turin he sparked controversy when holding his hand to his ear and winking at the Juve fans.

Mourinho has justified his decision to taunt the Juventus support following a fine 2-1 comeback victory for the Red Devils in Turin.

Unbeaten in all competitions so far in 2018-19, Juve looked set for yet another win when Cristiano Ronaldo sent them ahead in the second half against struggling United.

But Mourinho’s men had other ideas, drawing level through Juan Mata before Alex Sandro’s last-minute own goal gave them a priceless win.

“I was insulted for 90 minutes. I came here to do my job, nothing more,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.

“We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we cannot be any better than this. We came here to play like a team that was against a side with different potential on every level.

“We managed to win because we played a very, very positive match and we looked for the victory to the very end. We looked for it.

“Fellaini changes the game, most often at home. We didn’t have him in the first leg, Juventus introduced Barzagli to control us, but we immediately went direct and got the goals.

“We introduced Juan Mata not for the free kicks, but to put the crosses in for Fellaini, who always dominates in the air.

“A point or three would’ve changed little for Juventus, but three points makes a big difference to us. I suppose a draw would’ve been the right result.”