It certainly hasn’t been the start that Jose Mourinho had hoped for at Manchester United and things could get worse before they get better. Because the new boss of the Red Devils could find himself in more hot water with the FA after an apparent fracas with referee Mark Clattenburg at half-time in the Burnley game on Saturday.
British media outlet The Daily Mirror states:
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho set to be hit with FA clampdown after Mark Clattenburg bust-up
The suggestion is that Mourinho may have to sit out the next two games, against Swansea and Arsenal, having perhaps expressed his feelings to Clattenburg in an over exuberant fashion.
Mourinho spent the second half of the game in the stands having seemingly taken exception to Clattenburg not awarding a penalty for a trip on Matteo Darmian in the dying embers of the first half at the weekend.
TFF has seen those given but it certainly wasn’t a nailed on pen and Mourinho was clearly frustrated about Manchester United’s inability to turn possession and chances into goals against Burnley.
Despite the hugely frustrating result, TFF thinks that Manchester United did play with more intensity than at any time since the Fergie years. In the second half the ball was moved from back to front quickly and United simply didn’t get the rub of the green in a match that could just as easily ended up with a scoreline of 6-0.
Most importantly the performances are improving and Manchester United are starting to look like a coherent team rather than a group of talented but disparate individuals.