Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he ought to be given an award for his composure on the touchline.
Mou made the claim in a press conference where he slammed opposition defenders for their ‘rough treatment’ of star forward Alexis Sanchez.
This comes after City boss Pep Guardiola called for more protection for his players following a slew of dangerous challenges, particularly the tackle from Cardiff’s Joe Bennett on Leroy Sane that has left the German sidelined for six weeks with ankle ligament damage.
“Maybe his manager needs to cry a little bit more,” said Mourinho on the punishment taken by Sanchez.
“Really you can see the way Alexis was ‘welcomed’ by the opponent! You are right he is a tough boy, a pure guy who can cope with that. He coped at Yeovil too with some bad tackles like against Huddersfield.”
Despite his frequent protests in press conferences, Mourinho has cut a much more placid figure on the touchline this season and believes his good behaviour should be rewarded with a new prize.
“I am not going from the bad one to the perfect one, no way. But I try and I make an effort and I’m happy with the way things are going,” said Mourinho.
“I am fully committed to win the award this season for the best behaved manager on the touchline,” said Mourinho.
“There are so many awards: performance of the week, manager of the month, they should give the guy that behaves better on the touchline, and they should give the vote to the fourth official, and I am pretty sure I would win! I am serious.”
The Red Devils travel to Newcastle United later today trailing City by 16 points after their neighbours thrashed Leicester City 5-1 Saturday night with, Sergio Aguero scoring four in the rout.