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Juventus stars reacted angrily to Mourinho’s gesture
Jose Mourinho claimed his family were insulted by Juventus fans during Manchester United’s stunning 2-1 win in Turin – but faced fresh criticism from Paul Scholes for his reaction after the final whistle.
Mourinho riled supporters and Juve players by cupping his ears to the crowd as United celebrated on the pitch.
It sparked more controversy on the day the FA confirmed it will appeal the decision to clear the United manager of using foul and abusive language following last month’s dramatic 3-2 win against Newcastle.
His latest actions didn’t impress United legend Scholes, who told BT Sport: “This is everywhere he goes.
“You need to win with a bit of class sometimes, shake the manager’s hand.
“I don’t think there’s any need for it but that’s the way he is.”
Mourinho admitted he was wrong to react after goals in the last five minutes completed a remarkable comeback against Juve.
But the former Inter Milan manager insisted he was pushed to it, due to the nature of the abuse he received at the hands of the home crowd.
“I didn’t offend anyone at the end,” he said. “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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo put Juve ahead with a brilliant volley after 65 minutes – but substitute Juan Mata levelled the score with free kick with four minutes to go.
Alex Sandro then turned in Ashley Young’s 89th-minute free-kick to hand United a famous win and put them on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages.
If United beat Young Boys in their next match in Group H and Valencia fail to win against against Juve, qualification will be assured.