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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 February, 2004, 23:40 GMT
Mourinho mocks Ferguson
Manchester United's Roy Keane and Porto goalkeeper Vitor Baia
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.

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"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 is not Roy's style to do anything like that
Sir Alex Ferguson
Man Utd manager

"It goes without saying that we would prefer Roy to be in our team," said Ferguson.

"There was no malice in the incident, it is not Roy's style to do anything like that.

"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 it."

Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson
"We have put ourselves in a very difficult position"

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