Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The More Jose Carries on like This, It's More Likely Officials Will Ignore Him

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The More Jose Carries on like This, It's More Likely Officials Will Ignore Him

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Byline: Paul Scholes

THERE were many games over my career for Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson would get out of his seat and come into the technical area to have his say if he believed an intervention was needed or a point expressed to a referee.

People like to think it happened all the time but, believe me, in 19 years playing for him you recognised that he knew how to pick his moment.

Watching Chelsea against Liverpool on Tuesday night, my feeling was not so much that Jose Mourinho was looking for the opportune moments to appeal against a decision or make his presence felt.

Rather for most of that 90 minutes, and the 30 minutes of extra-time that followed, Mourinho seemed to be under the impression that he was refereeing the game.

He appealed for cards yellow and red. He threw his arms about in frustration at everything that did not go his way. He kept up a constant stream of communication with the fourth official Phil Dowd, to the extent that he had his back to the action, and was busy telling Dowd what was what, when Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal of the game.

At times it seemed like everyone could save themselves a lot of trouble by fitting Mourinho with one of those headsets worn by the four officials, selecting the correct frequency on his radio and allowing him to join in the conversation.

When the two teams came back out for the second half, Mourinho seemed to have called a meeting of the referee Michael Oliver and his officials, such was his eagerness to give them his views on the events of the first half.

It is my view that Mourinho should stop doing it. His mithering of Dowd reached an extent when it would have been better all-round just to put the fourth official in the stand where he would get some peace to get on with his job of being the fourth pair of eyes among the officials. I have never seen the point of lambasting the fourth official as some kind of alternative to the referee out there on the pitch. After all, what can he do? Had that semi-final been against a United team managed by Ferguson, you can be sure that my old boss would have been across the technical area. …

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