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Jose Mourinho braced for more FA disciplinary action

Mourinho could be facing heavy FA fines or even a touchline ban
Mourinho could be facing heavy FA fines or even a touchline ban

Jose Mourinho could be set for a second Football Association charge in a matter of days on Monday after he was sent to the stands for the second half of Manchester United's goalless draw with Burnley on Saturday.

The Portuguese, who has until 6pm on Monday to respond to a misconduct charge related to comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor prior to United's match against Liverpool earlier this month, must await news from the FA after this latest incident.

The former Chelsea boss was banished to the stands by referee Mark Clattenburg, who had rejected a penalty claim from United towards the end of the first half. The FA will now look at the official's report of the match before deciding whether to charge Mourinho.

If he is to face more FA disciplinary action, his past indiscretions in English football could be taken into account, with his stadium ban in his turbulent final few months at Chelsea last year a notable entry on his record.

The draw extended United's winless run in the Premier League to four games, with forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic having failed to net in his last six league matches - his worst scoring run since he was at Inter Milan in late 2007.

However, midfielder Ander Herrera, who was sent off against the Clarets, is convinced Ibrahimovic will soon light up Old Trafford after scoring just once in his last 10 matches.

The Swede did not score from any of his 12 attempts against Burnley, but clearly retains the confidence of his team-mates.

"I think if one player can get back and pass this moment it's him because of his attitude, his character, the way he works," Herrera said.

"I have no doubt he is going to score a lot of goals for us.

"But it is not only him - we have missed a lot of chances, not only him.

"He is giving us a lot of things for the team. Some of the chances we created came because of him, so we cannot tell him anything.

"We have to say that we have one of the best strikers in the world and his attitude, his character, is top."

However, there is no doubt that Ibrahimovic's profligacy in front of goal, allied with that of his team-mates, is costing United.

Mourinho's men had 37 attempts against Burnley but could not find a way past the inspired Tom Heaton, ending a month that started with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke in a similarly frustrating manner.