Mourinho wants award for pitchside behaviour

first_imgManchester United Best-behaved? Mourinho claims he should win award for pitchside manners Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 12:25 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Newcastle United v Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils boss insists that he has changed his ways after a series of touchline bans and feels he should be recognised for his behaviour Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he deserves an award for being the best-behaved boss.Mourinho, whose team visit Newcastle United on Sunday, has been involved in numerous confrontations with officials during his career.However, the Portuguese tactician feels he has changed his ways – and deserves to be rewarded for doing so. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m fully committed to win the award this season of the best-behaved manager on the touchline,” Mourinho said.”I’m serious – I prepare myself, I’m really happy. I’m not free of losing my temper, my control, in one match. I’m not perfect.”There are so many awards – performance of the week, manager of the month and this and that – they should give one to the guy that behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official to vote.”I’m pretty sure that I would win.”Mourinho’s men are second – 16 points behind Manchester City – ahead of their trip to Newcastle.It shapes as another chance for January arrival Alexis Sanchez to shine for United after the Chilean was fouled seven times in a win over Huddersfield Town last time out.But Mourinho was unwilling to criticise officials or call for greater protection of his star attacker.”Maybe his manager should cry a little more in situations like that but Alexis is a tough boy, he can cope with that sort of welcome,” he said.”I think to an extent he is bound to be targeted by defenders because he is a talented player and an obvious danger to opponents. Defenders are not going to let the most skilful players play with freedom, that’s the nature of the game.”But I don’t like using the word protect because it sounds like I am only concerned about the top players. On the pitch every player is the same and it is the referee’s job to protect them equally.”last_img