It was always going to be only a matter of time before Jose Mourinho received his first touchline ban as Manchester United manager.
Whatever issues the Portuguese has with Antonio Conte’s exuberant celebrations, he’s no stranger to making a spectacle of himself.
This time, however, he’s in hot water for comments made about referee Anthony Taylor before the Red Devils’ 0-0 draw with Liverpool last week, reports the Sun.
Taylor came under the spotlight prior to that game because he lives in Manchester, leading Mourinho to question whether he would be able to officiate properly.
The Special One tried to pre-empt any FA action by insisting he would get himself in trouble if he said too much on the matter, but it seems he’d already made his bed.
Managers are forbidden from speaking about referees before games, and Mourinho now has until 6pm on Monday to explain his comments.
It will be disappointing if he does receive a ban just at a time when he was developing such a rapport with United fans.
Despite the thrashing at Chelsea on Sunday, he received a huge round of applause for masterminding a 1-0 League Cup win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, the first indication perhaps that he’s finally being accepted at the Theatre of Dreams.