Jose Mourinho has had some passionate reactions to goals and wins over the years.
Though his antics tonight in Turin were at the lower end of the scale, they were still enough to frustrate Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.
United won 2-1 against the Serie A giants to go second in Group H of the Champions League, and the two late goals after a Cristiano Ronaldo strike delighted the under-fire Portuguese.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the relieving win, Mourinho explained that insults from the home support, coupled with the history he has with Juve rivals, Inter Milan.
“I was insulted for 90 minutes. I came here to do my job, nothing more,” he told the Italian outlet.
“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.”
Mourinho was happy with the performance, and while United were impressively resilient in the face of what looked like another defeat, they were under the cosh for much of the tie as Juventus missed a litany of chances and hit the post twice.
He reserved particular importance for Marouane Fellani’s contribution, to no-one’s surprise.
“We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we cannot be any better than this. We came here to play like a team that was against a side with different potential on every level.
We managed to win because we played a very, very positive match and we looked for the victory to the very end. We looked for it. Fellaini changes the game, most often at home. We didn’t have him in the first leg, Juventus introduced Barzagli to control us, but we immediately went direct and got the goals.
“We introduced Juan Mata not for the free kicks, but to put the crosses in for Fellaini, who always dominates in the air. A point or three would’ve changed little for Juventus, but three points makes a big difference to us.”
They are now two points ahead of Valencia in the group, with the two set to face off in the final group fixture on December 12.