Embattled Jose Mourinho had to be restrained on the bench after angrily reacting to Chelsea celebrations as Manchester United drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho found himself caught up in a touchline tussle on his return to Stamford Bridge as Marco Ianni, who is a second assistant to Maurizio Sarri, took great delight in seeing Ross Barkley 96th-minute equaliser rescued Chelsea’s unbeaten Premier League start.
He jumped off his seat upon seeing the ball hit the net and made a point of expressing his delight in front of Mourinho, who remained rooted to his bench.
Ianni swung a clenched fist in front of the Portuguese, who did not take kindly to being provoked at such an emotional moment.
Mourinho took off after his rival and had to be held back as a mass brawl broke out at the entrance to the Chelsea tunnel.
Backroom teams from both sides, along with security officials, were caught up in the tussle before players also got involved.
United’s manager was incensed and made his feelings clear to those in the opposing dugout.
United had taken a 2-1 lead thanks to two goals from Anthony Martial after trailing at the break. But, deep into six minutes of added time, David Luiz headed against the post and Barkley was free to bundle in an equaliser for Chelsea.
Mourinho stayed in his seat but, after Ianni ran past him, reacted to something the Italian said and had to be restrained.
“Oh come on, I can tell you that the 97 minutes of the game was so good that you have to focus on that,” Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about the incident after the game.
“I am not annoyed with anything. What happened was with Sarri’s assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it.
Chelsea, meanwhile, remain unbeaten and seven points in front of the Red Devils.