London - Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones has
defended Jose Mourinho following the manager's latest dismissal, saying it was
just an indication of his "passion".
Mourinho left himself exposed to the risk of sanctions from
the Football Association after being sent to the stands for kicking a water
bottle during United's 1-1 draw at home to West Ham United on Sunday.
Having picked up 20 points from their first 13 games, United
have made their worst start to a league campaign since 1989-90, but Jones said
Mourinho's latest outburst was not a sign of frustration.
"No, I think that's just passion," said the
England international. "I like to see that from anyone -- players, staff.
It's passion for the game and a willingness to win.
"We all want to win just as much as each other. We just
need to stick together, keep training well, keep creating chances and we will
get the goals."
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Mourinho, 53, was angry after referee Jonathan Moss booked
United midfielder Paul Pogba for diving mid-way through the first half.
It was the second time Mourinho has been dismissed this
season after he was sent to the stands at half-time of United's recent 0-0 draw
with Burnley, which landed him a one-match touchline ban.
Mourinho also received a fine earlier this month after
discussing Anthony Taylor's suitability to referee United's league game at
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