Jose Mourinho loves pointing fingers at the end of a match that hasn’t gone his way and has an almost compulsive tendency to do so whenever he is asked to respond for his actions.
Throughout his long and successful career as a manager, the self-styled ‘Special One’ has proved to have plenty of good qualities – from his visionary strategies to his ability to establish a personal connection with his players – but taking the blame isn’t really one of them.
As his Manchester United suffered one of the most painful defeats of the season, hosting Manchester City at the Old Trafford for the derby, a reasonable person would think he would show up at the post-match presser with the tail between his legs.
But he’s Mourinho, and we should bare in mind that the ‘Special One’ is never at fault. This weekend it was Michael Oliver who caught most of the blame, while the footballing Gods almost got a mention.
Here’s a throwback to some of Mourinho’s most unusual and hilarious scapegoats.
During his years at Real Madrid, Mourinho had two main things to complain about: Barcelona being favoured by the referees and Los Blancos’ own fans who, sometimes, did not show as much support as he would want.
Only 300 supporters followed the Spanish giants on the short away trip to Rayo Vallecano – an unforgivable decision by Mourinho’s standards.
“If, like me, you have been here for two and a half years, you are used to the cold atmosphere here,” he groaned.
The Portuguese boss had one of his more memorable rants in the aftermath of Chelsea’s tough win over QPR in 2014 – calling into question the way the lighting system was handled.
Mourinho, who, let’s make this clear, had won the game, still had something to complain about when asked for. comment.
“I think the man responsible for the lights was in the same mood as the crowd, because everybody was sleeping,” he grumbled. “He took 20 minutes to understand that it was dark.”
3. Doctor Eva Carneiro
A furious Mourinho had Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro and her first-team physio in his sights, for daring to go onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea back in 2015.
However, the fallout of the incident may have surprised even Jose. Carneiro left her job shortly after being castigated by Mourinho and received a large settlement from Chelsea in a tribunal.
Mourinho who appeared to argue with Gibraltarian Carneiro during the Swansea game, said after the match: “My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left.
“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired”.
To compound the scandal for Mourinho, the Portuguese boss was sacked half way during the season and Chelsea ended tenth.
2. Journalists, TV Pundits & Critics in General
The list is long. Mourinho has always loved to use the media as the scapegoat for his mistakes.
Last February, for example, he told a journalist: “Well if you don’t know football, you shouldn’t be with the microphone in your hand.”
Another time, he was interviewed on Sky Sport, and claimed that the broadcasting channel had no pundits supporting Chelsea and way too many on Liverpool’s side.
Just like on Sunday, Mourinho tends to often point his finger towards the match officials, in order to distract from his own team’s failings.
During his first months at Manchester United he was fined £58,000 for questioning a referee during a draw with Burnley and has still hasn’t moved on.
He told cameras after another game: “I don’t want to speak more about refereeing decisions because if I speak, I’m punished and I don’t want to be punished.
“You know clearly that I’m different. I’m different. The rules for me are different.”
In recent times, here’s what he said after losing to Real Madrid earlier this summer: “I think we did well. We lost 2-1 which, I think, shows the result was really short, and one of the goals was offside so with a good VAR it would be 1-1 and extra time.”