An action-packed nail-biter encounter between Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United was overshadowed by a touchline brawl after Ross Barkley scored the equalizer right at the death. It was a typical Mourinho performance, to say the least, and just as the United faithful had espied the comeback against Newcastle United, a similar story was on the chart on Saturday.
A dull first-half for United saw them conceding through Antonio Rudiger after the German centre-half skipped past his marker during a corner. United responded in the second period and a brace from Anthony Martial within 20 minutes gave them an unlikely advantage. The encounter took an ugly turn after Ross Barkley scored the equalizer which saw Marco Ianni – a member of Sarri’s coaching staff – rushing with all adrenaline towards the United dugout, and in the process, provoking Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese responded fiercely as he chased Ianni towards the dugout, but was held by the officials and other members of the staff. Tempers flared, but the situation was handled and during the post-match interview, Mourinho explained that he is not annoyed with the situation and that Sarri would take care of the matter internally.
“It is not my reaction, it is Sarri’s assistant. He was very impolite but Sarri took care of the situation. They have both apologised to me. I accept. For me, the story is over.
“Don’t do what everyone does and say: ‘It’s Mourinho who does things.’ I don’t know his name, I don’t need to know. Everything is fine.”
Sarri, on the other hand, gave his reaction and said, “I didn’t see what happened but I have spoken to Jose Mourinho. I understood that we were on the wrong side of the situation. I have spoken to a member of my staff and have dealt with this immediately.”