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Mourinho defends Juventus taunts after 'fantastic victory'

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho defended his taunting of Juventus supporters after his side's sensational late revival which saw them grab a 2-1 win over the Italians and boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Former United player Cristiano Ronaldo had given Juventus a deserved lead in the second half but despite being outplayed for almost the entirety of the game, United struck back with a free kick from Juan Mata in the 86th minute and a scrappy own goal in stoppage time which UEFA credited to Leonardo Bonucci.

“If you understand Italian you will know that I was insulted by them for 90 minutes. I didn’t offend anyone, I just made a gesture to tell them that I wanted to hear them louder," Mourinho told reporters after cupping his ear to the home fans at the final whistle, prompting a cascade of howling whistles.

"I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have. But with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this."

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