This is the reality that Mourinho must accept. The United manager taking the moral high ground over this episode will, in all likelihood, only add to the irritation felt at Stamford Bridge that this was an avoidable incident.
Ianni's official title is that of second assistant to Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, but he will now be remembered as the guy who poked a stick at Mourinho and led the Portuguese to chase him down the tunnel at the end of this game. Who can forget Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova in the eye, sliding on his knees in celebration at Camp Nou or even the time he sprinted down the Old Trafford touchline to celebrate Porto's last-minute equaliser at Manchester United?
But moments after their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had pulled off his first save of the match from former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata in the 55th minute, United's Anthony Martial smashed in an equaliser and, according to Sarri, Chelsea's tactics went to pieces. But the Chelsea manager did not know the precise nature of Ianni's actions until he spoke to Mourinho after the game.
Sarri said: "I spoke with Jose afterwards and realised we were wrong".
"I have spoken to a member of my staff and have dealt with this immediately". Now I think it's finished. We made a mistake.
David Luiz says Chelsea were the only team attempting to play during the first half of their Premier League draw with Manchester United. So of course, I have to speak [to him].
"To be honest I'm not sure why he isn't in the France squad". What happened was with Sarri's assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it. "He was very impolite but Sarri took care of the situation".
A decision will be made this week as to whether Ianni will be part of the staff on the bench for the foreseeable future.
"The manager told me to help the team win the game".
"We have stopped our football, and played another football, with the long ball. So I think we deserve much more than this result but this is what it is". He said: "We are not organised like this". I don't want the long ball, I don't want the second ball. "I want to play with short passes". We could have done better by scoring the second goal to kill the game, but it is never easy to win in the Premier League, especially against a big opponent. However, ultimately, I am disappointed.