Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson and United’s former England midfielder Ashley Young were restrained by team-mates as tempers flared.
“I do my journey relaxed, resting, reading or watching a game on an iPad, or working, responding to emails and when I get to London, I leave the train, wait for the people – half a dozen pictures and autographs and “bye, see you soon”. “That many bodies were there, it was hard to tell with all the pushing and showing”.
“What triggered it off I don’t know?” They started putting long balls in to the box.
In August, he took his standard dig at his rivals when insisting they were afraid to say they could win the title.
And when asked whether the victory was “justice for Karanka” following the game, Mourinho said: “Justice for Karanka is the work he did here”.
With both arms raised, the Portuguese turned and headed straight for the tunnel. We made a decision to defend with an extra defender, but I think with the mistakes of letting them push us too much into our box.
Karanka was sacked on Thursday after three and a half years at the club, with Boro in the relegation zone and without a win in 10 Premier League matches.
Agnew threw on Gestede to give Alvaro Negredo some support and the striker gave his side a lifeline when he capitalised on Chris Smalling’s error to slot past De Gea from close range.
Belief grew around the Riverside only for an embarrassing moment to settle the match as Boro keeper Victor Valdes’ slip allowed Antonio Valencia to wrap up the three points.
Goals from Marouane Fellaini – his first in the league this season – and Jesse Lingard either side of half-time put United in the driving seat until substitute Rudy Gestede pulled one back for Boro to spark a late flurry. Mourinho must keep winning important games to claim a spot in the top four.
Victory made United the first club to record 600 wins since the Premier League began in 1992.
He could, for example, have left him out of the squad for the FA Cup game at Blackburn and Europa League second leg against St Etienne with United already 3-0 up from the first leg.
The 35-year-old has the option of extending his stay at Manchester United into a second season.
“We have to do everything to fight them but we also have our own quality, and we can play football so who knows”.