Chelsea and Manchester United played out a dramatic 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, as both teams had to settle for a point following a late Ross Barkley effort.
With United leading 2-1, the referee added six minutes of stoppage time, and Chelsea substitute Ross Barkley was at the right place at the right time to score the leveller in just the last minute of the game.
A melee erupted after Barkley’s late equaliser as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Marco Ianni incensed Mourinho when he celebrated in his face following the equaliser.
Players, coaches and stewards got involved in the melee that happened, and Gary Neville has admitted that he loved the emotions that erupted at the end of the game, adding that it wasn’t bad to be joyous in victory while also reminding Jose that he has done the same in the past.
Neville said: “For me, over-enthusiastic celebrations are a part of the game, but I also think that if you’re on the end of it, you should be able to react.
“We can sit here and say it’s ridiculous that these managers react, but what you saw at the end was raw emotion.
“I could sit here with a halo above my head and say ‘it’s terrible for the people to see at home, it’s not what we want to see representing the game’ or I could actually say ‘I’ve been there, I’ve done it, I’ve been on the receiving end of it.’
“You cannot control your emotions and that’s why we love this game because we want to see moments like that.
“For me, Jose Mourinho’s reaction was something I would expect and also something I would expect from the Chelsea bench.
“It was a big moment for the Chelsea team, fans and staff so they’re entitled to over celebrate, you always do with a last minute goal.
“Jose Mourinho actually came onto the scene at Old Trafford sliding down the touchline. My view is I would like to see it more if it was my team celebrating, but I love to see that emotion in football where you see people just lose it – not in a violent way – but in an emotional way.”