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Mourinho sent off as Man Utd draw again

LONDON -- Hired to revitalize Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is instead turning the clock back and losing his temper in public.

A 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday left United 11 points behind leader Chelsea and without a win in four league matches at Old Trafford for the first time since 1990.

That dry home spell came toward the end of a 26-year title drought which ended in 1993 with Alex Ferguson collecting the Premier League trophy. Ferguson retired in 2013 with 13 title triumphs to his name and Mourinho was appointed to recreate the Scot's winning mentality at the club after three lackluster years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

The only current similarity between Ferguson and Mourinho, who was fired a year ago by Chelsea, is the fiery temper on the Old Trafford touchline. At least with Ferguson it produced results.

Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in a month on Sunday after being enraged by Paul Pogba being booked for an apparent dive, and kicking a water bottle.

United had just recovered after conceding inside 90 seconds from Diafra Sakho's header. Pogba set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod in the equalizer in the 21st minute.

"One day it will have to happen for us," said Mourinho's assistant, Rui Faria. "We'll start winning."

If they don't, United faces a second season out of the Champions League and a 30 percent drop in sponsorship cash from Adidas of around 20 million pounds (US$25 million). After a third of the season, United is eight points behind Arsenal in the fourth spot to qualify for Europe's elite competition.

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