Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in November 2016 when he kicked a water bottle in frustration on the touchline. He was then charged by the FA with “improper conduct” and given a one match ban, as well as a £16,000 fine.

In September 2017, Mourinho was again sent off, this time for stepping an inch on to the field of play in United’s win over Southampton.

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In November 2017, after City scored a goal, Pep Guardiola charged on to the field and celebrated wildly. No action was taken.


At the full-time whistle, Guardiola again went on to the pitch, this time to angrily confront Nathan Redmond. No action was taken.

In February 2018, after the half-time whistle blew during Manchester City’s shock defeat in the FA Cup against League One Wigan, Guardiola was seen charging down the tunnel to confront Wigan manager Paul Cook. You can only presume that the FA will choose to take no action here either.


“I am close to winning the best-behaved manager award this season,” Mourinho said last week. “Nothing can make me lose that this season.”