Man Utd defender Phil Jones is claiming that the recent behaviour of his manager Jose Mourinho is not having a negative impact on the team.
It comes as zero surprise that Mourinho has got himself in trouble with the footballing authorities once again, in fact, would have been a huge surprise if he had been clear of trouble at this point of the season, but as usual the United boss has not disappointed.
Mourinho got himself sent off in Sunday as his frustrations boiled over as his side put in yet another win-less performance, drawing 1-1 with West Ham Utd.
This time it was for kicking a water bottle in anger when ref Jon Moss booked Paul Pogba for diving.
That was the second sending off for the Portuguese maestro in a month and he now faces the real prospect of a touchline ban.
Mourinho is already on a warning over his behaviour and it would be no surprise to see a lengthy ban handed down to deter him from future histrionics.
But, for Phil Jones, this does not show that Mourinho is losing the plot, but that he is passionate.
Jones said: “I think that’s just passion. I like to see that from anyone – players and 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.
“It is part and parcel of the game. I don’t know what happened on the sideline but players still have to do the job on the pitch and unfortunately we couldn’t get the win.”
Jones can say what he likes, but we have all seen this before, Mourinho lashes out and blames everyone, and we mean everyone, accept himself when his teams are under performing, the cleaners had better watch out, they could be the next ones blamed for United failings.