‘I tried to tell them exactly the way United approach these matches at home’: Jose Mourinho says his Tottenham players were complacent at OId Trafford as Dele Alli accuses them of ‘arrogance’
- Jose Mourinho said Tottenham only had themselves to blame for the loss
- Dele Alli also accused his teammates of showing arrogance at Old Trafford
- Mourinho believes Manchester United should not have been given a penalty
- Ole Gunnar Solskajer meanwhile was full of praise for striker Marcus Rashford
Jose Mourinho admitted that Tottenham were guilty of complacency as he suffered defeat on his return to Manchester United after Dele Alli accused his teammates of ‘arrogance’.
But after scoring in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, Alli admitted they failed to heed their manager’s warning.
Jose Mourinho believes Tottenham were complacent in their defeat at Manchester United
‘We know what we had to do,’ said Alli. ‘We had to match their energy. We lost the game not by them outplaying us – just attitude.
‘We weren’t hungry enough and we were slow to every second ball, losing 50-50s.
‘Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and overconfidence. You have to have confidence and arrogance in games like this, but have to use it in the right way.
‘You want to win for the new manager at his old place. We have to learn from this.’
Told about the England midfielder’s comments Mourinho confirmed that he had warned his players what to expect, drawing on his experience of United playing better against the bigger teams because they can counter-attack.
Dele Alli, who scored Spurs’ goal in the 2-1 defeat, criticised his side for showing arrogance
‘I tried to fight exactly that state of mind,’ he said.
‘I tried to tell them exactly the way United approach these matches at home – against Liverpool, against Chelsea, always the strong start with people running, pressing, trying to lift the morale of the supporters.
‘Normally they come from bad results against smaller teams so when they face the big teams people think it’s going to be more difficult for them. It’s not more difficult for them because the responsibilities change and they feel comfortable in this style of play.
Mourinho agreed with his midfielder and said Spurs only had themselves to blame
‘We have to blame ourselves. I think United must obviously be happy with the points, and overall they deserved it.’
However, Mourinho claimed that Spurs should have been awarded a throw-in before Rashford won the decisive penalty early in the second half.
‘The second goal is not an easy one to process because probably everybody says it was a penalty, but I prefer to say it was a throw-in because the penalty is later – for me that is really hard,’ he added.
The former United boss went into the home dressing-room after the game and congratulated his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mourinho believes the penalty which Marcus Rashford scored should not have been awarded
‘No problem, what’s the problem?’ said Mourinho. ‘I have nothing against him, I think he has nothing against me. Why should we have any kind of problem?’
Solskjaer paid tribute to Rashford who scored both goals and could have had several more.
‘It’s the best he’s had under me,’ said the United boss. ‘It’s like he was back in the playground or in the back garden. We want them to have fun. There’s nothing dangerous out there, just 75,00 people wanting to see the best (of them).
‘The three points are massive for us. When we turn the corner and win three or four games on the run, they will get that Man United feeling again.’
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his striker and the purple patch he finds himself in