Glum Jose Mourinho leads United stars arriving back in Manchester after sucker-punch equaliser and late touchline melee against Chelsea
- Jose Mourinho led the United party arriving back in Manchester on Saturday
- United were dealt a blow when they conceded a last-gasp equaliser at Chelsea
- The Portuguese manager became embroiled in a touchline melee after the goal
- He was livid after Chelsea coach Marco Ianni goaded him following the late goal
- REPORT: Ross Barkley scores with seconds left to rescue a point for Chelsea
Jose Mourinho wore a look of frustration as Manchester United’s squad arrived back home on Saturday evening reflecting on their late slip-up at Chelsea.
The Portuguese manager looked to have pulled off a statement win at his old haunt, only for Ross Barkley to score six minutes into stoppage time, sparking an ugly touchline melee.
Chelsea coach Marco Ianni was seen goading Mourinho, who shot out of his dugout to take issue with the Italian before both benches engaged in a scuffle which overwhelmed nearby stewards.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wore a look of frustration as he arrived back home
Paul Pogba was criticised for Chelsea’s first goal before Anthony Martial (R) scored a brace
Juan Mata impressed at Stamford Bridge while Nemanja Matic (R) also returned to Chelsea
Mourinho arrived back with a handful of his players to Stockport train station late on Saturday night while other members of the squad, including Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw, alighted at Wilmslow, the scenes post-match undoubtedly on the manager’s mind.
Immediately after Barkley scored, Ianni got up and did a vigorous first pump in front of the United dugout, which Mourinho ignored.
However, Ianni continued to celebrate and ran past the United dugout, with the visitors’ coaching staff and players stunned by his actions.
Mourinho was stunned as Chelsea’s second assistant Marco Ianni celebrated in front of him
Ianni heads back to the dugout after his celebration as Mourinho prepares to confront him
It sparked an ugly melee on the touchline as stewards stepped in to separate the benches
On this occasion Mourinho was livid and reacted angrily, attempting to chase Ianni down the tunnel before being held back, with members of the coaching staff from both teams involved.
His players did well to come from behind after it looked to be heading towards a long afternoon when Chelsea went ahead following an error from Paul Pogba.
The French midfielder was heavily criticised by pundits after his lack of discipline from a corner allowed Antonio Rudiger to open the scoring for the Blues.
Former United right back, now Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville urged Pogba to wake up in a game of this magnitude.
He said in commentary: ‘Just watching Paul Pogba, he’s sleeping. What’s interesting is his reaction, who’s he blaming?
Pogba reacted furiously after his mistake allowed Antonio Rudiger to score for Chelsea
Pogba (circled) picks up Rudiger in the box but as seen (in right picture) quickly loses him
(Left) Pogba desperately tries to get close to Rudiger but can’t get back to stop him scoring
‘He’s having a go at Lindelof saying “You blocked me”. Sorry Paul, he didn’t. he’s marking David Luiz.’
The game provided entertainment on and off the pitch. Both sides showed plenty of flair and ambition going forward with Martial the stand-out star.
He levelled the scores in contentious fashion early in the second half, converting past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa with Marcos Alonso clutching his head on the floor.
His second came on the counter-attack when Juan Mata skipped down the right, played in Marcos Rashford who in turn found Martial. The French winger cut inside on to his right foot and found the bottom corner in front of the club’s travelling support.
But Barkley, on as a substitute, converted in the sixth minute of stoppage time to rescue an unlikely point and United’s players and staff boarded the train home bitterly disappointed at two points dropped.
Ross Barkley rescued a point for Chelsea late on to send Manchester United home unhappy
Source: Read Full Article