Mourinho defends players, record after Spurs loss

Tonya Becker
August 28, 2018

But with United already facing an uphill battle just to make the top four nevermind challenge for the title, time is running out for Mourinho to get the 20-time champions of England back on track.

The result marked Mourinho's heaviest home defeat in his entire managerial career, while United were also condemned to their worst Premier League start since the competition began in 1992. After the goal we had the high press, we were playing it quicker, moving in behind and punished them when we needed to.

"I think for every single manager that is younger than him, he was the inspirational manager", Pochettino said. After the match, Mourinho did his post-match interview and had some strong words to the media.

Mourinho, 55, has come under fire in recent weeks, not only for his team's mediocre start to the season - including a 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on August 19 - but also for a number of reported fallouts with the club hierarchy and key players. It can provide us very good confidence and trust with how we are working.

"Our fans don't read papers".

"With [the first] goal you want to transform the story of the game", he told the press. In the big games, the first goal is so important. "Three for me, two for them". That his team performed well in the first half against Tottenham and created better chances will not be any consolation for Mourinho considering that he is a manager who has always been only about winning. Mourinho´s aura and tactical discipline also inspired a title win in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, a treble at Inter Milan and broke Barcelona´s La Liga hegemony under Pep Guardiola for Real Madrid.

Mourinho has won three league titles in two separate stints with Chelsea - his last coming in 2015. And, it appears as if Mourinho knows this team needs some better players, but who knows if that will even fix this.

It looks like come January, Mourinho will be looking for new players.

The Red Devils signed Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant in the summer transfer window to improve Mourinho's squad.

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