Jose Mourinho has slammed
Manchester United for their defensive approach in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Wednesday night’sPremier League game.
Mourinho returned to Old Trafford 11 months after being sacked but failed to get one over on his former employers.
Tottenham had secured three wins on the bounce since Mourinho took over on November 20, beating West Ham and Bournemouth in the Premier League while also earning a victory against Olympiacos in the Champions League.
They were however brought back to earth by United as a Marcus Rashford brace ensured that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men got back to winning ways. Dele Alli drew Spurs level with a superb strike.
“United results against the best teams this season have been good. Chelsea , Liverpool, Leicester,” Mourinho said after the game.
“For the way they play, it is easier for them. They are not afraid to have a defensive approach.
“It is easier for them against better teams, against teams who want more of the ball.”
Mourinho added on Rashford’s second goal marking the turning point in the match: “We started the second half with a goal that it is impossible to concede.
“We were not alert, sleeping at the throw-in and we let Rashford attack.
“Once he is inside the box it’s more difficult to defend and he was clever and waited for the touch.
“In the first half they started more aggressive and more intense and deserved to be in front, maybe even 2-0, then we took control of the game.
“The goal at the start of the second half gave United the chance to play the way they did.”
However Mourinho did, however, concede that United deserved to win for the intensity they showed during the opening half-hour.
“United were more aggressive in the first 30 minutes, more intense, so they deserve to win,” he said.
“I knew United at home would use the crowd, they’ve got a lot of young players and I knew they’d want to press and play with intensity, I told my players, but they couldn’t react.”
On where Spurs need to improve going forward Mourinho concluded: “I know that this team needs to be more aggressive.
“We need to win more duels, we need to start the game with more intensity. We need to make the opponent feel what United made us feel.
“You need to make opponents feel like they’re going to be in trouble. We were reactive rather than proactive.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.