Date:28th April 2011 at 8:29pm
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Mourinho sent off

Is Jose too 'special' for United?

During my time on various social networks, forums and blogs I’ve witnessed many statements which have left me astounded and despairing in equal measure.

Just this season I’ve seen comments such as ‘Fergie’s got to go’ – following the 2-2 draw with WBA, ‘Carrick’s’ sh*t’- following any game United didn’t win and even some we did and ‘without buying’ -delete where appropriate- Ozil, Van Der Vaart, Sneijder United will win fook all.

There’s been many ridiculous suggestions during the last eight months, but it seems after the Real Madrid Barcelona game the internet was awash with numerous amateur pundits venting their anger at The Special One and how he was not only overrated as a coach but also found wanting as a person for his actions both during and after the game.

Mourinho seemed to go from the first choice of many United fans as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor to all of sudden no longer good or dignified enough to manage the world’s greatest football club.

For those who didn’t see the game, which despite having one of the best ever Champions League goals was actually a major disappointment full of diving rolling around and more than a touch of ‘handbags’ Mourinho was sent to the stands after Pepe received a rather soft red card.

The Real boss’s crime had been to applaud the referee’s decision a little too lengthily and with obvious sarcasm to the fourth official.

It was after the game that the Special One let fly with the sort of rant Rafa Benitez would’ve been proud of. Mourinho said:

“It’s clear that against Barcelona you have no chance, I don’t know if it’s the publicity of Unicef [the club’s shirt sponsor], I don’t know if it’s because they are very nice, but they’ve got this power.

“I don’t know if it’s the friendship of [Spanish football federation president Angel Maria] Villar at Uefa, where he is vice-president.”

“I hope that one day [Barca coach Pep Guardiola] will win a clean Champions League, with no incidents behind it,” -obviously a reference to the game at Stamford Bridge two years ago, where Chelsea were denied what seemed like two stonewall penalties.

UEFA have announced there will be a disciplinary case against Mourinho while Barcelona have also lodged an official complaint.

A Barcelona spokesman said:

“We are going to present a case to Uefa’s Control and Disciplinary committee against Mr Mourinho for breaking Uefa’s disciplinary code.

“It’s unacceptable that anyone can question our titles or our link with UNICEF.

“It isn’t our intention to fan the flames but to put them out, because we believe coaches should only talk about footballing matters and not things which could incite violence.”

While Mourinho’s outburst was a little over the top, I can’t help but feeling a little bit of sympathy for him.

Yes, his side were outclassed by one of the game’s greatest ever players and a bigger man should’ve been able to simply hold his hands up and admit the best team won.

However it’s not quite the disgraceful diatribe some have claimed, for starters as soon as Pepe was sent off Real Madrid’s chances were all but ended and in all honesty the red card was extremely harsh.

Secondly some of the Barcelona players were an embarrassment with the sort of theatrics Nani would have been ashamed of. Almost. Pedro and Daniel Alves were the worst two culprits who’s actions were not the sort you’d associate with a club like Barcelona.

Then there’s the fact Mourinho is faced with the task of not only trying to beat the best team in modern history but also placating the most expectant fans in the world as well.

I’m not claiming that just because you lose a game it’s okay to question the integrity of the footballing powers that be.

Let’s face facts though, only a few weeks ago Sir Alex Ferguson was questioning the ability of Martin Atkinson and claiming that he was worried when he realised he’d be refereeing the Chelsea game.

While it was hardly the United boss’s finest hour, it just goes to show that even the most experienced manager in the world can make statements he probably shouldn’t after a bitter defeat.

Jose Mourinho is still the second most successful manager working today and arguably the only man capable of continuing the success of the most successful manager working today.

The Special One may not have covered himself in glory yesterday, but for me he’s still the right man for the job of taking over from Sir Alex.