Jose Mourinho has made a shocking claim that his family was insulted by overzealous fans at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Wednesday night as his side mustered a breathtaking 2-1 comeback win over Juventus.

Mourinho did cause a lot of uproar after the nervy win by Manchester United and while he admitted that he could have acted differently for the benefit of hindsight, he was quick to state that he was pushed to the wall by the actions of the Juve fans.

“I was insulted for 90 minutes. I came here to do my job, nothing more,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this."

The Special One has been a longtime enemy as it were in Turin, due to his exploits with the club's bitter rivals Inter that included a treble win in 2008-9.

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But after holding his hand up to his ear at the final whistle with a grin on his face, Mourinho believes he had every right to enjoy the triumph.

Speaking on what could pass as one of the biggest results managed so far during his United tenure against an elite European side, Mourinho was full of praises for his players who dug deep for the crucial win.

“We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we cannot be any better than this. We came here to play like a team that was against a side with different potential on every level," he added.

“We managed to win because we played a very, very positive match and we looked for the victory to the very end. We looked for it."

He also praised Mata and much-maligned midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who came off the bench to change the course of the game.

United now sit in second place in Group H, two points clear of nearest rivals Valencia who downed Young Boys 3-1 earlier on Wednesday to keep their own bid for the last 16 alive.

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