Mourinho defends ear-cupping celebrations

Author: George Ernest Asare
Jose Mourinho's ear-cupping celebrations

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defended his ear-cupping celebrations after their dramatic 2-1 victory over Italian giants, Juventus in Turin on Wednesday.

According to Mourinho, the celebrations was meant to see the reactions of the Italian fans.

Manchester United who were considered by the bookmakers as the underdogs in their Champions League match against Juventus scored twice in the final 10 minutes to snatch a 2-1 victory in Turin and boost their chances of qualifying from Group H.

Mourinho celebrated the result by cupping his hand to his ears as he walked onto the pitch, with a grin on his face as he turned and nodded at supporters.

Moments afterwards, he was confronted by Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci before he was escorted down the tunnel.

"That sign that I made is actually not an offence. I just wanted to hear if they'd [the fans] make comments again or not.

"Obviously when I work for a club like Manchester United, I need to forget my past, especially in the 90 minutes. It's not that during the 90 minutes I keep thinking I was coach of Inter or Real Madrid or Chelsea. In those 90 minutes I represent Manchester United”.He explained.

"But they didn't forget, the others didn't forget that I was. Of course I do my job, and my job was to win against Juventus, and it is a great joy for me, because we have won against such a super squad, a super team. I've come here as a professional and I have a great respect for a fantastic team."

The win is United's best this season against a Juventus side that Mourinho has called favourites to win the Champions League.

"They want to win everything, they can win everything, and we are a team where many of the players didn't play big matches like this in the Champions League," said Mourinho, whose United side face Manchester City on Sunday