Phil Jones views Jose Mourinho’s latest outburst as a show of passion rather than an indicator of general frustration at Manchester United.
United manager Mourinho was sent off for a second time this season as his side were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw by West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Portuguese kicked a water bottle in anger after midfielder Paul Pogba was booked for diving.
The result left United with their lowest points return from 13 league games – 20 – since the 1989-90 term. It was also United’s fourth straight home league draw, but defender Jones insists the frustration is not getting to the manager.
“No, I think that’s just passion,” the 24-year-old said. “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.”
Mourinho’s behaviour has been under scrutiny during United’s difficult start to the campaign. He was handed a touchline ban after disputing a decision against Burnley last month and has also been fined for other comments about a referee. Additionally, he was involved in an odd exchange with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in October.
His latest controversy will be reviewed after the Football Association receives referee Jon Moss’ report, and further disciplinary action could follow.