Phil Jones: 'Jose Mourinho's actions down to passion'

Phil Jones of Manchester United on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on September 26, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Manchester United player Phil Jones defends the actions of Jose Mourinho after the United boss was sent to the stands against West Ham United on Sunday.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has claimed that Jose Mourinho's actions on the touchline against West Ham United were a show of "passion".

Mourinho faces another touchline suspension after being sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle after seeing midfielder Paul Pogba booked for simulation during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

However, Jones has defended his manager and feels that the Portuguese does not deserve to be criticised for showing his "willingness to win".

The 24-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: "No, I think that's just passion. I like to see that from anyone - players, staff - it's passion for the game and a willingness to win.

"We all want to win just as much as each other. We just need to stick together, keep training well, keep creating chances and we will get the goals."

Mourinho has already served a touchline ban this season after disputing a decision made in the Premier League fixture with Burnley.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during his side's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016
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