Mourinho Should Have Used Milkgate Row To Motivate His Players – Ian Wright

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has expressed his disappointment with the reaction of Manchester United manager José Mourinho to Sunday’s post Manchester Derby ‘Milkgate Row’, saying the Portuguese should have used it to motivate his side back into the title race.

Manchester United’s league title ambitions took a massive hit on Sunday evening after a 2-1 loss at home to rivals Manchester City put them 11 points adrift of their neighbours.

The victorious City players celebrated the huge win in their dressing room after the whistle and Mourinho took offence with the manner of celebration and made his feelings known on his way to his post-match press conference.

A row ensued afterwards and the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager had milk and water thrown at him while Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was hit by a plastic drinks bottle from an unknown source.

Speaking about the incident on Monday night with the BBC, Wright said: “It’s just hilarious on so many levels, I don’t think you can blame City.”

“People are accusing them of not having class, they are saying you don’t know how to act when you win, but you’ve got to take into consideration they have just broken a record, the 14 wins, against their biggest rivals.”

Wright further added: “There’s a long way to go in the season.

“Maybe Jose should have said can you hear that next door? Can you see what they’re doing? We’ve got to make sure that we ram this back down their throats instead of turning it into ‘Milkgate’. I find it hilarious.” he concluded.

The English Football Association (FA) had earlier announced on Monday that it will seek observations from the two Manchester clubs on the incident with both clubs having until December 13 to respond.

Centre Referee Michael Oliver didn’t include the incident in his match report as he did not see the incident.