Mourinho trouble digs deeper with Spurs loss

  • English Premier League
- REUTERS, MANCHESTER

Aug 29, 2018-

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stormed out of his news conference following Monday’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, ranting about the three titles he won with Chelsea and demanding “respect” from those reporters present.

Coming shortly after he had stood at length in front of a mainly empty Stretford End applauding United’s fans, it added to a somewhat bizarre epilogue on another miserable night for the 20-times English champions. “We lost against Sevilla (last season in the Champions League last 16) and we were booed because we deserved it. Today the players left the pitch after losing at home and they were applauded because they deserved it, so we keep trying, trying, trying,” Mourinho said. “What was the score? This (holding three fingers up). What is this also? Three Premierships I have won, more Premierships than the other 19 managers put together. Me three, them two,” he said. “Respect, respect, respect.”

Perhaps the performance for the media was intended to show his defiance in the face of two defeats from the opening three games of the season. Maybe he felt that a display of passion would go down well with the supporters, who, it should be noted, showed no sign of turning against him.

Mourinho had made it clear during the off-season that he wanted to sign at least one new centre-half and the performances of the five he has employed this season have amply demonstrated. Eric Bailly was not even on the bench against Spurs, Victor Lindelof came on for the injured Phil Jones and made a series of mistakes and Chris Smalling, who had made a key tackle in the first half to deny Dele Alli, was left standing by Lucas Moura for third goal.

Exactly why United did not bring in a new player in that department, whether it be Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld or Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng who were all linked with the club, remains unclear. Mourinho has denied there is a rift with United chief executive Ed Woodward about the lack of transfer activity but there is no straight answer about why the club failed to bring in new central defender.

Published: 29-08-2018 08:25

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