Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League match against Burnley at Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League match against Burnley at Old Trafford. PETER POWELL

Mourinho's antics just aren't funny any more

HE'S not the special one ... he's just a very naughty boy.

Jose Mourinho, it seems, just does not know when enough is enough.

When he first arrived on the scene in British football in the early 2000s the Portuguese was then considered to be a breath of fresh air.

He was someone who gave English Premier League fans a point of difference and at the same time was giving the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger a run for their money as the best in the coaching business.

There is no doubting that Mourinho is still one of the best coaches going around but it's everything else that goes with it that is difficult to take now.

He has been going through a rough patch with Manchester United but that still does not give Mourinho the right to behave the way he does.

First he said referee Anthony Taylor might struggle to referee the recent game between United and Liverpool because he is based in Manchester, before admonishing fellow coach Antonio Conte for having the gall to get his Chelsea fans to cheer when their team was 4-0 up against Mourinho's men.

Then, to cap it all off, this weekend he was sent to the stands at half-time for what United is saying was a "verbal altercation” with referee Mark Clattenburg after Mourinho said the official should have given a penalty when Matteo Darmian was brought down in the 0-0 draw with Burnley.

Clattenburg might have got it wrong but the disdain Mourinho continues to show for officials and coaching colleagues is reprehensible.

Mourinho already faces a charge of misconduct from the Football Association for the Taylor comments and now looks set for more action after his dismissal in this latest fixture.

Yes, it is frustrating when decisions or results go against you, but Pep Guardiola, for example, did not take his ball and go home (metaphorically speaking) when Manchester City was in the midst of a run of six games without a win.

He dealt with all questions thrown at him by the press with a grace and composure that should come with the job of coaching one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world.

Mourinho could not even face up to journalists after the game against Burnley, instead throwing his assistant Rui Faria under the bus by forcing him to deal with those eager to find out why his boss had once more behaved like a spoilt child.

If Mourinho wants to continue behaving badly, though, he deserves more than to be just put on the naughty chair or have his pocket money taken away from him.

A touchline or even stadium ban should be forthcoming after his latest misdemeanour.

Incredibly, this latest incident was the 13th time Mourinho has been punished during his time as manager of Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now United.

He has become a caricature of himself and it's not funny any more.

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