Jose Mourinho (image courtesy Twitter)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defended his post-match celebrations after the Red Devils fought back to stun hosts Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The three-time European champions netted twice in the last 10 minutes to snatch a 2-1 win in Turin to boost their chances of advancing from Group H.

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The Portuguese celebrated the result by cupping his hand to his ears as he walked onto the pitch, with a grin on his face as he turned and nodded at supporters.

The United boss, who had managed Juventus’ rivals Inter Milan, was confronted by Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci before he was escorted down the tunnel.

“That sign that I made is actually not an offence. I just wanted to hear if the fans make comments again or not,” he said afterwards.

“Obviously when I work for a club like Manchester United, I need to forget my past, especially in the 90 minutes. It’s not that during the 90 minutes I keep thinking I was coach of Inter or Real Madrid or Chelsea. In those 90 minutes I represent Manchester United.

“But they didn’t forget, the others didn’t forget that I was. Of course I do my job, and my job was to win against Juventus, and it is a great joy for me, because we have won against such a super squad, a super team. I’ve come here as a professional and I have a great respect for a fantastic team.”