Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has explained the reason for his reaction after United’s victory over Juventus on Wednesday.
United became the first team to defeat Juventus in all competitions this season after their 2-1 win at the Allianz stadium.
The Red Devils manager was seen gesturing at the crowd to “speak louder” after United had stunned the home fans.
The Portuguese tactician who’s well known for his controversial nature said he reacted because he had been insulted.
“In a beautiful Italian way, they [the crowd] insulted me for 90 minutes, I just made a little thing. I know the millions of Inter fans, they are really, really happy with that,” he told BT Sports.
“But I respect Juventus, I respect their players, their manager, I respect everything, the quality they have.
A Juan Mata free kick and an Alex Sandro own goal in the last five minutes gave United a 2-1 comeback win in Turin.
Mourinho was pleased with the efforts his players put out on the field against the Italian champions.
“And I’m really, really proud of my boys because their performance was really good.”
“A couple of our boys, they told in the interview after the game at home that they were a little bit [inferior] and I got this.
“I worked around that because we had to come and not feel inferior. Of course, they have a different potential than us, everybody knows their ambitions are different to ours.
“They were in a very comfortable situation. We were in a situation where we thought we needed to go to the last second of the last match and the situation was different.
“But the boys, they started the game really, really well with good control of the game. They had one opportunity in the first half but everything was under control.”
The victory closed the gap between United and Juventus to just two points and two points ahead of Valencia.
A win in their next home game in the competition could secure a place in the round of 16 and Mourinho is already charging his wards to get the job done.
“It’s a big victory for us,” he added. “Not just because we need the points but because it’s against a fantastic team with an amazing record at home like Juventus.
“We have a final now to play at home. We thought we were going to have two finals to play and now we have one final. And if we win that final against Young Boys, if my mathematics at the moment is right, then we qualify with a victory against Young Boys.
“So I think now I leave it to Old Trafford people. I hope that we arrive for the match on time. I hope we don’t arrive late. We had an amazing escort here, amazing escort”
United’s next game before the international break is a crucial Premier League Derby against Manchester City on Sunday.