We've been wondering whether Jose Mourinho could ever truly live up to Alex Ferguson's legacy, and finally we have positive proof: he's accepted two different FA charges relating to bothering referees, and has been fined and given a touchline ban.
The first charge dates back to the build-up to the first Manchester derby, and relates to comments regarding Anthony Taylor. Though the comments themselves were pretty banal — "I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but because such pressure is being put on him I think it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance at Anfield" — they fell foul of the FA's rule that managers shouldn't comment on referees prior to games, and so he's been instructed to fork over £50,000.
The second and more recent incident came at half-time against Burnley, and involved Mourinho informing Mark Clattenburg that he disagreed with his decision not to award United a penalty. Mourinho was sent to the stands for his "abusive and/or insulting words", and will now be absent from the dugout for United's trip to Swansea this Sunday. He also has to pay another £8,000. We welcome our new Rui Faria overlord.
Of course, had Mourinho disputed the latter charge, he might have missed United's game against Arsenal instead. So we suspect this admission of guilt was motivated less by remorse or any acknowledgement of error, and more by scheduling.