Best-behaved? Mourinho claims he should win award for pitchside manners

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The Red Devils boss insists that he has changed his ways after a series of touchline bans and feels he should be recognised for his behaviour

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he deserves an award for being the best-behaved boss.

Mourinho, whose team visit Newcastle United on Sunday, has been involved in numerous confrontations with officials during his career.

However, the Portuguese tactician feels he has changed his ways – and deserves to be rewarded for doing so.

"I'm fully committed to win the award this season of the best-behaved manager on the touchline," Mourinho said.

"I'm serious – I prepare myself, I'm really happy. I'm not free of losing my temper, my control, in one match. I'm not perfect.

"There are so many awards – performance of the week, manager of the month and this and that – they should give one to the guy that behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official to vote.

"I'm pretty sure that I would win."

Mourinho's men are second – 16 points behind Manchester City – ahead of their trip to Newcastle.

It shapes as another chance for January arrival Alexis Sanchez to shine for United after the Chilean was fouled seven times in a win over Huddersfield Town last time out.

But Mourinho was unwilling to criticise officials or call for greater protection of his star attacker.

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"Maybe his manager should cry a little more in situations like that but Alexis is a tough boy, he can cope with that sort of welcome," he said.

"I think to an extent he is bound to be targeted by defenders because he is a talented player and an obvious danger to opponents. Defenders are not going to let the most skilful players play with freedom, that's the nature of the game.

"But I don't like using the word protect because it sounds like I am only concerned about the top players. On the pitch every player is the same and it is the referee's job to protect them equally."

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