Manchester United Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho set for touchline ban, but can delay it for Chelsea vs Man United

The Premier League returns on Saturday!

The international break is over, the Premier League returns on Saturday.

And, the first game to welcome us back is Chelsea vs Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Now, that fixture has Jose Mourinho’s name all over it as the Manchester United boss returns to the club where he was so successful over two spells.

Adding to the intrigue regarding Mourinho is the fact that “The Special One” is facing a touchline ban.

The FA announced on Tuesday that Mourinho has been charged:

What did Jose Mourinho say after Man United’s win over Newcastle?

In their last Premier League match, Manchester United came from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford.

The encounter had been preceded by rumours that Mourinho would be sacked regardless of the score in the Premier League game.

Paul Hirst in The Times reports that “the FA alleges that Mourinho said “fodas filhos de puta”, which translates as “F**k off, sons of a bitch”.

Hirst adds: “Mourinho is understood to be upset with the FA and considers the charge for swearing unfair. He has until 6pm on Friday to accept or deny it. The punishment is likely to be a fine or a touchline ban of at least one match.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United walk off the pitch at half time of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on October 6, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

How Jose Mourinho can delay his touchline ban

Hirst also reveals in The Times that Jose Mourinho can delay the touchline ban, which now seems so likely in order to be in his dugout for the match at Chelsea.

The Times writer reveals: “Mourinho can delay the ruling and be pitchside at Stamford Bridge. A three-man commission will hear evidence from those involved regardless of whether he accepts or denies the charge. It is understood that if he delays his response until the last possible moment on Friday evening, there will not be enough time for the commission to hear the case and pass judgment before Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off away to Chelsea. This would leave Mourinho free to stand on the touchline for the crucial match against his former club.”

The Chelsea match precedes a very busy period for Manchester United before the next international break.

It includes matches against Juventus and Manchester City. It would not be a huge surprise if Mourinho is under pressure again soon.

Perhaps as early as this Saturday lunchtime…

Related: Michael Carrick: Jose Mourinho managing Man United the ‘traditional way’.

Jose Mourinho facing ban after FA charge for swearing at camera.

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