first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shown signs of ‘anxiety, stress and over-arousal’ with his recent behaviour on the touchline, according to leading sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom.Bloom – the presenter of talkSPORT’s On the Sporting Couch series – believes the coach is ‘losing the plot’ as he struggles to cope with the pressure of the Red Devils’ turbulent start to the season.United booked their place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night with a late victory over Young Boys at Old Trafford.But Mourinho stole the headlines with his over-the-top celebration of Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winning goal – kicking one bottle carrier full of energy drinks over and picking up another before smashing it to the ground. “The good thing is it [Mourinho’s celebration] happened so late in the game. If you’re going to display that level of passion and excitement it’s not something you want the players to see during the game as I think it might have put them off.“The collective psychology of the team is directly related to the behaviour of the coaching staff, not just the manager but the other first-team coaches as well.“Great football teams who are working really well together, the message from the coaches to the players has to be there is a measure of control in our emotional engagement in what’s going on.”Listen back to Gary Bloom’s verdict on Jose Mourinho’s behaviour IN FULL aboveOn the Sporting Coach with Gary Bloom is back on talkSPORT from 8pm this Sunday evening Mourinho celebrated by hurling a water bottle carrier to the floor Bloom studied the manager’s behaviour throughout the game.And asked what he saw in Mourinho’s body language, he told talkSPORT 2: “Anxiety, stress and something we call in sports psychology ‘over-arousal’.“It means you’ve kind of lost the plot a little bit.“When we try to measure the ideal performance for a footballer, or any sports person, we often measure under-arousal and over-arousal at points where performances don’t go particularly well.“Essentially, you’ve lost the concept of what you’re trying to achieve and you’ve got carried away with the moment. “I think that was really evident in watching him last night.“What you’re looking at there is pure and utter stress, and relief at just getting the victory and relief of getting the anxiety over and done with.”MORE: Mourinho sends message to his ‘lovers’ as Man United progress in EuropeManchester United have suffered a severe drop in performance levels in recent weeks and Bloom says it’s likely Mourinho’s conduct is having a negative effect on the team on the pitch.“I’ve worked with football clubs and I often say to the coaching staff: ‘Your behaviour will influence the player. If you’re screaming and shouting, what happens to them?’ Mourinho kicked off when Fellaini scored an injury-time winner for United center_img United have put in a string of sub-par displays both domestically and in Europe 3 3 3last_img

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