Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Jose Mourinho’s altercation with Chelsea coach Marco Ianni is a good thing for the club.
The incident took place after Ross Barkley scored a last-gasp equaliser at Stamford Bridge to snatch two points away from Manchester United. Ianni goaded Mourinho twice before the Portuguese got angry and tried to chase the Italian, only to be stopped by the stewards.
Wright’s column was featured on the Sun (h/t Mirror) as he wrote:
“Thanking Chelsea coach Marco Ianni for celebrating in front of him will have been the last thing on Jose’s mind on Saturday.
“But Ianni could actually have unwittingly done him a massive favour. Just as he could find himself responsible for helping transform United’s fortunes.
“Fans want to see their heroes showing as much passion as they do. Jose did exactly that. And I’m delighted to see fortune and feelings starting to change in The Special One’s favour a little.”
The report adds that the FA has charged Ianni while Mourinho is cleared of any punishments.
United manager has seen a bit of a revival in recent weeks. His team came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle and came back from a goal down to lead at Chelsea until Barkley’s last-second goal.
It was great to see some fire in the manager after a tough start to the season. Wright is correct at suggesting this altercation can help us and hopefully, we will have more battling performances till the end of the season.