"I did not get respect back from Chelsea [fans] but that is not my responsibility", he said. Then the young fellow came and apologised and I told him I accepted. Mourinho remained seated, however, it appears as the staff member passed back in front of the United bench towards the home technical area, still celebrating wildly, Mourinho was antagonised.
The United manager taking the moral high ground over this episode will, in all likelihood, only add to the irritation felt at Stamford Bridge that this was an avoidable incident.
"We were the best team on the pitch".
They rebounded with two second-half Anthony Martial goals and looked largely in control until Barkley saved the day.
Ianni's official title is that of second assistant to Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, but he will now be remembered as the guy who poked a stick at Mourinho and led the Portuguese to chase him down the tunnel at the end of this game.
In a match which epitomised the rich history of the Premier League's drama, Manchester United came away with just one point.
Two weeks after his United team overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford - a result which may have saved his job - his players nearly performed a similar trick at Chelsea and Mourinho was central to that with his tactics and motivation. "What I did here today I will do in Madrid, in Milan, in Porto, the reaction from the fans is not up to me", Mourinho told reporters. I understood that we were in the wrong side of the situation.
Mourinho conceded that he was upset at the way in which Ianni celebrated in front of him.
"But I also made mistakes in football matches and I will make more". "We lost a lot of players in their national teams including Marouane Fellaini". I prefer to play our football for 90 minutes.
Balotelli scored 30 goals in 80 appearances for City between 2010 and 2013 and memorably unveiled an undershirt reading "Why always me?" after scoring the first goal in City's 6-1 win over United at Old Trafford in October 2011.