Manchester United’s board are prepared to offer Jose Mourinho a vote of confidence despite a poor start to the new campaign, according to the Guardian.
Tottenham subjected Mourinho to his heaviest ever defeat in a home game in all competitions as two goals from Lucas Moura and a header from Harry Kane helped Tottenham continue their perfect start to the new campaign.
By contrast, United are already six points behind the early pacesetters and face a tough trip to Burnley this weekend, hoping to turn things around.
Mourinho attempted to to counter Tottenham’s threat on Monday by using a three-man defence, including Ander Herrera, and pushing full-backs Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia higher up the field.
But for Romelu Lukaku missing an open goal, United would have scored the first goal of the game, before the match unraveled in the second half after Kane was left unmarked to head home Kieran Trippier’s corner.
‘We work all week, and by the strategic point of view we didn’t lose, by the tactical point of view we didn’t lose, but we lost the game,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
‘We work very, very well during the week, we prepared the game very well, we played very well, the players had a fantastic attitude.
‘At half-time the result should be two goals different minimum – 2-0, 3-1, 3-0. And then something changed the game a little bit.
‘Then the result was 2-0 but the team was in the game, and I think everyone could feel one goal could change the direction of the game.’
And, according to the Guardian, United chiefs saw enough positive in the first half performance to believe Jose Mourinho is worth persisting with.
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