Jose Mourinho reminded Chelsea supporters of his Stamford Bridge successes and had to be separated from successor Antonio Conte during Manchester United’s feisty FA Cup loss on Monday night.
The Portuguese, Chelsea’s most successful manager, pointed to himself, then the pitch and signalled with three fingers – for the number of Premier League titles he won in two spells – after being subjected to abuse from a section of fans behind the visiting dugout in United’s 1-0 quarter-final loss.
One section of supporters chanted “F*** off Mourinho”, “It’s all your fault” – a reference to Chelsea’s implosion last season – “You’re not special any more” and “Judas”.
Mourinho told the post-match media conference: “They can call me what they want.
“Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one.
“When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two.
“Until this moment Judas is number one.”
Fourth official Mike Jones was required to intervene as Mourinho protested and Conte took exception.
It was reminiscent of when, as Chelsea manager, Mourinho was pushed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, although it did not become physical on this occasion.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for a second time in December 2015, seven months after winning the Premier League title. He was boss when Chelsea won their first championship in 50 years in 2005.
The self-proclaimed Special One was appointed United boss in May 2016 and suffered his biggest defeat in English football as United lost 4-0 to Conte’s Chelsea in the Premier League last October.
Chelsea supporters turned on some of the Blues players days later, but now Mourinho, who won the EFL Cup with United last month, is out of favour.
Chants of “Antonio” drowned out those of “Jose Mourinho” from the visiting United fans as Chelsea won courtesy of N’Golo Kante’s goal.
United play Europa League last-16 legs with FC Rostov either side of the Stamford Bridge clash.
And Mourinho has repeatedly bemoaned Chelsea’s light schedule and their absence from European football this season, describing it as favourable in their Premier League title bid.
He again refused to acknowledge his role in Chelsea’s continental exile, saying he left the Blues in a position to win the Champions League last season.
He added: “When I left the club last season, I left the club in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group, qualifying to the Champions League knockout stage, playing the second leg at home.
“If they won the Champions League last year they could be playing in Europe this season.
“So, it’s not my fault. It’s the fault of the ones that stayed here and didn’t win the Champions League.
“What I share with them is the fact that we didn’t have a good Premier League and because of that I feel also responsibilities on the bad Premier League of last season.”