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Mourinho to curb touchline antics after two dismissals as Manchester United manager

Date Posted,December 25, 2016

Jose Mourinho has admitted he has been forced to curb his touchline antics following two dismissals since becoming Manchester United boss.

Mourinho, whose United side host Sunderland at Old Trafford today, has twice been sent to the stands and serve two touchline bans for letting his emotions get the better of him.

And the self-appointed Special One admitted he has made a conscious decision to change the way he operates during certain matches – for fear of being sent off again.

“Against Everton I sat for 90 minutes, when I love to be on the touchline,” said Mourinho. “Do you know why? Because I’m afraid to be sent off.

Mourinho shouts from the stands against Burnley (Photo: Getty)

“I don’t change my nature or my passion, but I feel I have to act like this. I like to be closer to the game, like to communicate with the players and be closer to the touchline.

“But in some matches away I prefer to be in the position where I don’t have that feeling.”

Mourinho, speaking to United We Stand fanzine in a wide-ranging interview, also insisted he was happy living in Manchester, despite describing attention from photographers as a “disaster”.

And the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss said he was so content with life at United the only way he will leave is if the club decide to sack him.

Jose Mourinho before the match
Mourinho admitted he tried to keep a lid on things against Everton (Photo: Reuters)

“I’d like to stay for a long time,” said Mourinho. “Man United will get rid of me when they want, not when I want, because I don’t want to leave.

“For me as a football manager, London, Milan, Madrid, Manchester, Beijing or Shanghai is the same.

“I don’t go to cities to enjoy cities, I go to cities to work, to be a football manager. I go to make people happy.

“I’m here to do what I’m doing. I’m here to arrive at the training ground every day at 8am and leave the training ground on a normal day at six o’clock.

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