Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hit back at Chelsea fans for labelling him ‘Judas’ during the side’s FA Cup clash by reminding the Blues he’s the club’s most successful manager.
Mourinho was roundly mocked by Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge during the 1-0 win and was seen sticking three fingers up – the amount of league titles he won at the club – at fans who were chanting at him.
The 54-year-old’s second stint at the club ended horribly with the club lingering just outside the relegation zone after winning the title the season before.
A section of Chelsea fans were heard shouting ‘Judas’ at Mourinho during the win and the Special One reminded the club’s supporters that he’s their most successful ever manager after the game.
‘They can call me what they want,’ insisted Mourinho.
‘I’m a professional, I defend my club and until the moment they [Chelsea] have a manager that wins four Premier League tittles [then] I am number one.
‘When they have somebody that wins four I will become number two but until this moment ‘Judas’ is number one.’
Greeting their two-time former manager with chants such as “It’s always your fault,” and “You’re not special anymore,” it was a far cry from the hero’s welcome the Portuguese once enjoyed at Stamford Bridge.
However, Mourinho had some choice words of his own for the fans in his post-match press conference.
When asked about the abuse after the match, Mourinho said: “Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I am the number one… Judas is number one.”
The sending off of Ander Herrera after his second yellow card for a tackle on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard left United struggling with 10 men after 35 minutes.
It was an event that caused friction between Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who ended up in a tussle on the sidelines, but regardless Mourinho added: “I managed to control my emotions and that’s good.”
On the red card itself, Mourinho did not want to be drawn. He told the BBC: “I don’t speak [about the red card].”
“Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red card. So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.
“I don’t want to go in that direction. Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential but in four matches he has given three penalties and a red card. I cannot change that.
“I shook his hand and said many congratulations.”
He added: “I’m really proud of the guys and Mr Oliver goes home and he can do his own analysis.”