“You think you’re clever” – Jose Mourinho in outburst at opposition Premier League player during half time

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Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings has revealed what Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said to him prior to the second half of their Premier League tie last year after the had defender ‘accidentally’ stood on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head.

Photo couresty of Sky Sports via The Mirror
Photo couresty of Sky Sports via The Mirror


The Guardian reported that Mings did not think it was that big an incident because it was not done purposely and so was consequently surprised when Mourinho approached him just before the second period.

He recites the moment, stating:

“I realised [it was a big incident] when [Jose] Mourinho came over when we were coming out for the start of the second half and started giving me some abuse, saying: ‘You think you’re clever. You’re going to get an eight-match ban.’”


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The defender was banned for five games for the incident back in March, whilst Ibrahimovic served a three match ban for his deliberate elbow on Mings later in the match.

The former Ipswich Town man went on to explain how the referee had informed him the ‘stamp’ would most probably be reviewed after the game, which was the last thing he needed before heading out for another 45 minutes against Manchester United.

It seems pretty clear that Mings did not do it out of malice, but a boot to the head deserves punishment either way, intentional or not. Ask Sadio Mane.


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