Manchester United board react to Jose Mourinho's meltdown after defeat

Tanya Cunningham
August 28, 2018

Allardyce maintained that Man United were "so good" on the night and that they outplayed Tottenham in the 90 minutes.

Spurs fans goaded Mourinho with cries of "You're not special anymore" and his rant at the media as he stormed out of his post-match press conference demanding respect for his record of winning three Premier League titles did little to quell the feeling he is living off past glories.

The England striker sent a looping header into the top corner five minutes into the second half at Old Trafford, following a tightly contested opening period.

Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino said Jose Mourinho, his counterpart at Manchester United, has been "inspirational" to a number of managers who are younger than he is.

"I don't think it's normal to lose a game at home and the supporters to react the way they did".

"Our fans don't read newspapers, they don't watch television, they're more intelligent than that", he intimated.

Seeking a response to their 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend, United came flying out of the blocks and had a chance within 20 seconds when Fred latched onto a Jesse Lingard flick-on only to shoot wide.

Mourinho opted for a three-man defence with the recalled English pair of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones surprisingly joined by Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.

Mourinho said his team was superior strategically and tactically.

Dele Alli blew Spurs' best chance up to that point soon after the caution, choosing to dribble around David De Gea instead of crossing to a wide-open Kane in front of United's goal.

"But, look, we have a really good spirit, a really good group of lads and a group that want to work, want to achieve big things here". We need to kill teams off, especially away from home.

"To the fans that came out tonight, we are sorry and we will be better next week, we will improve, we will keep working hard", Shaw told MUTV.

"We knew it was going to be tough and it was, especially in the first half, it was a battle out there. A lot of our players have only had three weeks training but we want to build something special".

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