Double-whammy for Mourinho

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November 3, 2016
Double-whammy for Mourinho

WILL SIT OUT: José Mourinho

José to accept one-match ban after second charge in a week

José Mourinho will reportedly accept a one-match stadium ban rather than risk more severe punishment.

The Manchester United boss was charged with misconduct for the second time in a week by the FA.

Mourinho was checked for his comments about referee Anthony Taylor ahead of United’s clash with Liverpool, saying the Manchester-born official would be under pressure not to be biased.

And then the Portuguese had a bust-up with ref Mark Clattenburg at half time for not giving United a penalty in the goalless draw with Burnley on Saturday.

He has until Friday to respond. But Jose is expected to accept the ban and miss this weekend’s clash with Swansea instead of risking the chance of missing United’s clash with Arsenal on November 19.

The United boss is under pressure after picking up 15 points from his opening 10 games in charge – which is a worse record than predecessors Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.

And to change his team’s fortunes he has recalled £27m midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who hasn’t played since a nightmare outing in the 2-1 defeat to Man City on September 10.

Jose explains: “Some players find it very easy whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball and the competitiveness.

“The realities are often different, particularly in terms of the competitiveness.

“It doesn’t matter who you are against, you have to play at the highest level otherwise you will not be able to do it. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.”

The Armenia skipper could play a part in tonight’s Europa League visit to Fenerbahce (9.45pm) to spark the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

Zlatan hasn’t scored in the Premier League action since Mkhitaryan helped set up his goal against City.

Tonight’s Europa league fixtures

Astana v Olympiakos, Athletic Bilbao v Genk, Astra v Viktoria Plze, Zenit v Dundalk, Sassuolo v Rapid Vienna, Austria Vienna v Roma, Anderlecht v Mainz 05, Qabala v Saint-Étienne, Zorya v Feyenoord, Maccabi Tel Aviv v AZ, APOEL v Young Boys, Fenerbahce v Manchester United (8pm), Nice v Salzburg, Ajax v Celta Vigo, Panathinaikos v Standard Liege, Schalke 04 v Krasnodar, PAOK v Qaraba, Southampton v Inter Milan, Fiorentina v Slovan Liberec, Sporting Braga v Konyaspor, Sparta Prague v Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Gent v Shakhtar Donetsk, Villarreal v Osmanlspor, Zürich v Steaua Bucureti (10.05pm)

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