Porto coach Jose Mourinho taunted Sir Alex Ferguson after the pair clashed following Manchester United's Champions League defeat in Portugal.
Ferguson confronted Mourinho over Porto goalkeeper Vitor Baia's part in Roy Keane's late dismissal in the 2-1 loss.
But pouring scorn on Ferguson's reaction, Mourinho said: "I understand why he is a bit emotional.
"You would be sad if your team gets as clearly dominated by opponents who have been built on 10% of the budget."
Mourinho also demanded Ferguson apologise for his comments about Baia.
"Ferguson told me in the tunnel that he thought Vitor had made the most of
it," added Mourinho.
The Porto coach refused to confirm claims the United boss had refused to shake hands with him after the game.
KEANE'S RED CARDS
12/04/95 v Crystal Palace
28/09/95 v Blackburn
28/10/95 v Middlesbrough
26/10/96 v Southampton
14/04/99 v Arsenal
12/02/00 v Newcastle
13/08/00 v Chelsea
21/04/01 v Man City
15/09/01 v Newcastle
31/08/02 v Sunderland
25/02/04 v FC Porto
"I said I wanted to see it on television before I would make a comment but if he was
right, I would apologise.
"However, if he has no reason to make the claim he can apologise to me.
"Vitor told me he was diving for the ball, Keane left his foot in and he felt
a bit of pain with the contact.
"I understand why he is a bit emotional. He has some top players in the world
and they should be doing a lot better than that."
Meanwhile, Ferguson admitted his side would be weaker without Keane, who
will automatically be suspended from the second leg on 9 March.
"It goes without saying that we would prefer Roy to be in our team,"
"There was no malice in the incident, it is not Roy's style to do anything
"The goalkeeper made more of it than he should have done. Certainly he stood
on the lad but I don't know whether he could have got out of the way.
"I can understand why the linesman flagged but the keeper made a meal of