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Mourinho given deadline to respond to FA questions

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Anthony Taylor praised for his performance in Liverpool v Man Utd
Anthony Taylor praised for his performance in Liverpool v Man Utd

Manchester United manager could face a touchline ban or more likely a a fine, after the Football Association asked him to asked to clarify his comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to Monday night's Premier League clash at Liverpool.

Managers are not allowed to comment on match officials prior to matches, yet Mourinho opted to make what may be perceived to be inflammatory comments following the appointment of Manchester-based Taylor to the game at Anfield.

"Somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him. I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance," stated Mourinho.

The United manager added to his comments following the game, after asking the club's press officer whether he was allowed to comment on the referee. 

"Can I speak about the referee without being punished?," he asked, before offering these views.

"He had a good game and I am happy for him because people with responsibilities put a lot of pressure on him. It would be difficult for him to have a good performance, which he had."

While a touchline ban seems unlikely for this incident, Mourinho's track record of falling foul of FA rules could be taken into account when they reach their decision on this matter.

Mourinho has reacted negatively to FA fines and bans during his time as Chelsea boss, as he refused to fulfil his media duties and used his punishments as evidence that the game's authorities were conspiring against him and his team.