Jose Mourinho’s worst nightmare became a reality on Sunday as his Manchester United side were put to the sword, 4-0, by former employers Chelsea.
An early goal nullified the Portuguese manager’s well-laid plans and the rout was completed when the impressive N’Golo Kante struck a fourth.
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Blues boss Antonio Conte was rightly ecstatic with his side’s performance and the result, remonstrating with the home faithful to celebrate with vigour after the French midfielder’s goal.
Mourinho claimed that the Italian was trying to embarrass him upon a return to Stamford Bridge and claimed the former Juventus coach was showing disrespect.
However, this complain seems slightly unfounded, as the former Real Madrid boss has on plenty of occasions shown little to no sympathy for other managers when he has celebrated on the touchline.
From his rapturous response to Porto’s winner against United in 2003-04 to Mourinho calling out the Kop after Chelsea all-but ended Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge in 2013-14, the Portuguese has been outlandish in his own celebrations.
Conte was clearly delighted that his team had beaten a fellow top-four rival so convincingly and the passionate Italian was well within his rights to share his delight with the home faithful.
Mourinho’s excuses cannot mask the fact that on the day his team were second best and that the United boss has a lot of work to do if the Old Trafford club are to put forward a realistic title challenge in 2016-17.