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Man United boss charged over bottle kick

Jose Mourinho is once again in the bad books with the FA. Credit: PA

The Football Association has charged Jose Mourinho with improper conduct after the Manchester United manager's dismissal in Sunday's draw with West Ham.

Mourinho has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge, which comes after he was sent off for the second time this season.

Referee Jon Moss disciplined the Portuguese when he reacted by angrily kicking a bottle of water on the touchline after Paul Pogba's booking for diving in the first half of the 1-1 draw.

Man United defender backs 'passionate' Mourinho

Phil Jones likes a passionate manager. Credit: PA

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.

I think that's just passion. 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.

– Phil Jones


Herrera: Man United must improve in front of goal

Ander Herrera has stressed the importance of Manchester United making their attacking work count by showing more ruthlessness in front of goal.

Herrera believes United are doing the hardest part right. Credit: PA

United head into Sunday's clash with West Ham at Old Trafford having won only one of their previous six Premier League fixtures, a 3-1 triumph at Swansea.

In the other matches, they have been held at home 1-1 by Stoke, 0-0 by Burnley and 1-1 by Arsenal, drawn 0-0 at Liverpool and been thrashed 4-0 at Chelsea.

After the Red Devils on Thursday saw off Feyenoord 4-0 in the Europa League, United boss Jose Mourinho emphasised the need for his side - who he had recently described as "the unlucky team in the Premier League" - to convert their chances in domestic action.

Midfielder Herrera feels United are doing a good job in terms of fashioning scoring opportunities, but also has no doubt they need to be more clinical with them.

Herrera told United Review: "In football I think the most difficult thing is to create chances. To be in the third part of the pitch and getting good shots away and we are doing that.

"So the most difficult thing is what we are doing, but now we have to score the chances, that's what football is about. So of course we have to finish better."


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