Manchester United's Jose Mourinho 'inspirational' to other managers - Mauricio Pochettino

Jose Mourinho

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He stormed out of his postgame news conference after saying he had won more Premier League titles than all the other active managers combined, and repeating the word "respect" over and over as he left the room.

The result means United have started a Premier League season with two defeats in their first three games for the first since 1992. That gives basis to the crisis that engulfs United after a hard summer in terms of the transfer market.

United had beaten Spurs 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 and 3-0 in their last four league meetings at Old Trafford. But has the criticism United received for its sometimes-defensive approach under Mourinho got to him?

"We got it and then we punished them". If anything, United's display was quite the opposite: unified, energetic, pressing together, looking to break into space up the pitch, creating chances (they had 23 shots). Three for me, two for them. Unless swift action is taken they risk missing out on the top four and the Champions League next season, while a title challenge already looks unlikely.

"I need to know what's the most important thing", Mourinho asked reporters on Monday, "if it is to play well or win matches?"

"Today I had the proof the best judge are the supporters", Mourinho said.




His relationship with Ed Woodward appears to be at breaking point and the executive vice-chairman is far from blameless in relation to United's struggles.

The Red Devils signed Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant in the summer transfer window to improve Mourinho's squad. After beating Leicester in its opener, United lost to Brighton 3-2 and now has three points after three rounds. Players come in and out of a side which is lacking in identity and assuredness.

One win and two defeats.

"We've got a really good group, a good group of hard workers and incredible talents everywhere you look on the field".

"Manchester United are not just about winning. But we lost the game".

So should United bite the bullet and fire the Portuguese coach or give Mourinho time to try and turn things around? However, during recent weeks there have been several quotes that hint at a broken relationship with some of his players.

He tried to talk up the effort of the squad, who were given Tuesday off, and support of the fans on Monday as evidence of a united club.

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