Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to face a Football Association probe into comments he made regarding the appointment of referee Anthony Taylor for Monday night’s showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.
The selection of Taylor, who lives six miles from Old Trafford, was criticised by former referee’s chief Keith Hackett, who suggested the choice of official could lead to questions of partiality.
When asked about Taylor, Mourinho said: “I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance.”
The FA is set to consider the context in which Mourinho’s comments were made before deciding whether any further action is to be taken.
Mourinho, meanwhile, insists embattled skipper Wayne Rooney will receive the respect he deserves now he has returned to United following a turbulent international break.
Rooney was booed by a section of England supporters during the Three Lions' World Cup qualifier against Malta at Wembley last week, before being dropped to the bench against Slovenia on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old, who has been a substitute for United’s past three matches, is unlikely to be spared a hostile reception when the Reds take on Liverpool at Anfield tonight, although Mourinho is adamant his club side will provide sanctuary.
“He was not booed by Man United fans,” said Mourinho, who has won on his past two visits to Anfield while in charge of Chelsea.
“I think at Man United he feels at home, at Man United he feels the respect he deserves. Not at Anfield, obviously, but he knows that here he is respected.”