Jose Mourinho backed by Manchester United Supporters' Trust but challenged to improve

Ross Houston
August 28, 2018

On Monday, Tottenham traveled to Old Trafford and humiliated the home team, 3-0, the first time in four Manchester meetings that Spurs had even registered a goal. On Friday, he turned up 30 minutes early to a news conference at United's training base and answered 13 questions in barely four minutes.

The match was also Spurs's biggest top-flight win at Old Trafford since a 4-1 victory in 1972.

Mourinho, who signed a new contract in January that could tie him to the club until 2021, has been frustrated that key transfer targets, including a centre-back and a right winger, did not arrive in the summer - although it is understood he has received assurances there will be money to spend in January if the right players become available. On another day, perhaps that Romelu Lukaku strike went in and changed the complexion of the game.

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof played like strangers in the 3-2 loss to Brighton, while Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Herrera lost their shape in the second-half collapse against Tottenham when the visitors scored all of their goals.

His expensively assembled squad is considered way behind the quality and effectiveness of rivals Manchester City, while his relationship with players such as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have appeared strained. It gives Spurs a maximum nine points from three games, placing them second to Liverpool on goal difference.

Nemanja Matic was one of six United alterations, with the defensive midfielder forming part of a back three. "They were better in the first half but we dominated from then on".

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

Kane all too easily got free at a corner and directed a super header into the top right-hand corner.

Moura, who has started his second season like a house on fire, bagged his second, and Spurs' third, five minutes from time when he raced through and slotted past David De Gea.

"Everyone in the dressing room is really sad, especially after the first half we had and especially a big thank you to the fans for the way they supported us, even when we were down 3-0, was incredible".

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Mourinho added: "I don't think it's normal for a team to lose at home and (the fans) react like that".

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