Mauricio Pochettino believes Jose Mourinho has suffered from increased scrutiny at Manchester United as he behaves no differently to other Premier League managers.
The Portuguese boss has come in trouble with the FA this season, as he served a one-match ban in early November before being sent away from the touchline against West Ham.
His improper conduct charge saw him miss the 4-1 EFL Cup win over West Ham last week and Tottenham boss Pochettino has shared his sympathy for Mourinho ahead of the clash between both sides at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.
“It’s too difficult sometimes to control yourself on the touchline. His behaviour was normal,” he said.
“It’s difficult being on the touchline when you are frustrated. You can show disappointment during the game. He wasn’t doing anything differently to any of us.
“I like Mourinho, I have a good relationship with him. Because he is the Special One the media focus on him more than the rest.
“For me he is the Special One and will always be the Special One. When I started at Espanyol he was very kind to me, his door was always open.
“I always try to assess and be objective. For me, he was and is and always will be one of the best in the world.
“It’s true that for us last season it was tough to play Thursday then Sunday. It’s true we have one day more for this game.
“I don’t remember in two-and-a-half years us having an advantage of an extra rest day. They can rotate their squad, that will be Mourinho’s decision. United have great players so they will manage that situation.”
Man United qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League but need to focus on the Premier League as they currently sit sixth in the table.
The side will be looking to end their run of poor results by claiming all three points against Pochettino’s men and closing the gap on the top four.