- As Spurs flog United 3-0 At Old Trafford
With just three matches into the new campaign, Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho is already facing a daunting task to challenge for the title or make the top four when the curtails fail on 2018/19 Premiership season.
Putting the Old Trafford side’s title dream back on track will certainly prove a no mean assignment for the bragging Mourinho following his two loses in three games that presents the worst ever start to a season by United.
Mourinho has however called for respect after suffering the heaviest home defeat of his career as Harry Kane and a Lucas Moura double moved Tottenham joint top of the Premier League with 3-0 win at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was goaded with chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” by the travelling Tottenham fans.
A second consecutive defeat piles even more pressure on the Portuguese coach as United, the 20-time champions of England United, now trail Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea by six points and stand four adrift of champions Manchester City
The odds on Mourinho losing his job have been slashed in recent weeks as on top of adverse results, he has clashed with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over a lack of new signings.
However, he rallied on his critics by citing his record of winning the Premier League three times over two spells at Chelsea.
“I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me; two for them; Respect!”, a fiery Mourinho raged at reporters on exiting his post-match press conference.
He stood in front of Old Trafford’s Stretford End at the end of the game to applaud the home fans, who didn’t boo his side at full-time despite the result.
“Today, I had the proof the best judge are the supporters,” added Mourinho.
The fans and Mourinho’s response came after a dominant first 45 minutes from the hosts before Spurs took control with two goals in two minutes just after the break.
United, though, were left to rue a series of missed chances by Romelu Lukaku, particularly when the Belgian fired wide with an open goal on 15 minutes.
Tottenham hadn’t even scored in losing on their four previous trips to Old Trafford under Mauricio Pochettino.
Yet, the Argentine’s half-time words of wisdom made a huge difference as Spurs came out a different side after the break.
David de Gea had already denied Kane and Dele Alli had seen a goalbound effort deflected wide by the time Kane rose highest from Kieran Tripper’s corner to loop a header into the net.
Hugo Lloris kept his place in the Spurs goal and retained the captain’s armband despite being arrested for drink driving in the early hours of Friday.
And Pochettino’s faith in his skipper was rewarded when Lloris denied Lukaku again with a brilliant save to keep Spurs in front.
A minute later, they doubled their advantage when Christian Eriksen’s cross was swept home by Lucas.
“It is a massive victory for us and I am very proud of the performance,” said Pochettino. “It is difficult to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. They were better in the first half but we dominated from then on.”
Mourinho encroached onto the pitch to bellow encouragement to his charges. But the damage had already been done and the final reckoning could have been even more embarrassing for the hosts.
Lindelof, on for the injured Jones, was handed a reprieve when De Gea denied Alli after a short back pass by the Swede before Kane headed wide when unmarked from another corner.
Lucas did rub salt into United wounds six minutes from time when he outpaced Lindelof before firing into the far corner.
In the present circumstance, United Chairman Woodward is not expected to bite the bullet quite so soon. – With agency reports