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Jose Mourinho Pulled Away From Melee Following Late Chelsea Equaliser

Jake Massey

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Jose Mourinho Pulled Away From Melee Following Late Chelsea Equaliser

Manchester United's clash with Chelsea ended with dramatic scenes as Jose Mourinho had to be pulled away from a member of Chelsea's staff.

The Red Devils came from 1-0 down at half time to lead 2-1, following two goals from Anthony Martial. However, Chelsea secured a point in the dying seconds of the game through substitute Ross Barkley.

In the celebrations, Maurizio Sarri's second assistant, Marco Ianni, sprinted in front of the United bench, punching the air. Mourinho remained seated, however, it appears as the staff member passed back in front of the United bench towards the home technical area, still celebrating wildly, Mourinho was antagonised.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The United manager jumped from his seat and hurled himself towards the member of staff, clearly enraged, and a huge melee ensued by the tunnel, with staff, players and security all getting involved.

Mourinho eventually returned to his seat and a second fracas kicked off between the players on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

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Following the full-time whistle, 'the special one' also pointed three fingers at the Chelsea fans, presumably as a reminder of the three titles he won with the club.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

When Sky Sports asked Mourinho about what happened, he said had told Ianni to 'forget it'.

He said: "Oh come on, I can tell you that 97 minutes of the game was so good that you have to focus on that.

"I did not get respect back from Chelsea [fans] but that is not my responsibility. What I did here today I will do in Madrid, in Milan, in Porto, the reaction from the fans is not up to me.

"I am not annoyed with anything. What happened with Sarri's assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it. The assistant has already come to me and apologised, I told him to forget it. I have made a lot of mistakes in my career."

Chelsea took the lead through Rudiger in the 21st minute in a relatively uneventful first half. The game exploded into life in the second half though, with winger Martial providing two clinical finishes to put United ahead.

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Credit: PA

But just as it seemed United had claimed a huge three points, Chelsea hung up a high ball in the box, which Alonso headed against the post. As the ball rebounded, De Gea pulled off an excellent save from a close range Rudiger header, but as the ball spilled out once again Barkley drilled it home, securing his side a point.

The draw leaves Chelsea top and United 8th in the Premier League.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: SPORT, Chelsea, Manchester United

Jake Massey
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