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Mourinho sent to the stands as United draw

Associated Press logo Associated Press 27/11/2016

Hired to revitalise Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is instead turning the clock back and losing his temper in public.

Mourinho was sent to the stands for a second time in a month during his side's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

The Portuguese, who had been sent off against Burnley last month for abuse towards referee Mark Clattenburg, this time received his marching orders from Jon Moss in the 27th minute after kicking a drinks bottle down the touchline.

The incident happened after Mourinho became enraged after Paul Pogba was booked for an apparent dive.

The result left United 11 points behind leader Chelsea and without a win in four league matches at Old Trafford for the first time since 1990.

That dry home spell came toward the end of a 26-year title drought which ended in 1993 with Alex Ferguson collecting the English Premier League trophy.

Ferguson retired in 2013 with 13 title triumphs to his name and Mourinho was appointed to recreate the Scot's winning mentality at the club after three lacklustre years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

The only current similarity between Ferguson and Mourinho, who was fired a year ago by Chelsea, is the fiery temper on the Old Trafford touchline.

At least with Ferguson it produced results.

United had just recovered after conceding inside 90 seconds from Diafra Sakho's header.

Pogba set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod in the equaliser in the 21st minute before the manager lost the plot.

"One day it will have to happen for us," said Mourinho's assistant, Rui Faria.

"We'll start winning."

If they don't, United face a second season out of the Champions League and a 30 per cent drop in sponsorship cash from Adidas of around STG20 million ($A33 million).

After a third of the season, United is eight points behind Arsenal in the fourth spot to qualify for Europe's elite competition.

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