Manchester United chiefs back Jose Mourinho despite Tottenham's heavy defeat

Manchester United chiefs back Jose Mourinho despite Tottenham's heavy defeat

- The Red Devils suffered their second straight Premier League defeat on Monday, August 27

- Harry Kane and Lucas Moura inspired the Spurs to victory in the encounter at Old Trafford

- Meanwhile, Man United executive Ed Woodward is still confident of the manager's ability

- They will face Burnley in their next encounter at the Turf Moor on Sunday

Manchester United suffered their second straight defeat in the 2018-19 Premier League season following their 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

Second half goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura ensured the Lilywhites maintained their 100% win run in the league season.

However, despite suffering their heaviest home defeat in all competitions since 2004, Jose Mourinho seems safe for now at the club.

Dailymail reports that the Portuguese born tactician held a crucial meeting with the club's executive Ed Woodward and the positive was positive.

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The club's executive vice chairman was said to have visited the team in the dressing room after the loss.

Both Mourinho and Woodward then held a long chat which focused on what was an encouraging first-half performance from United before Spurs took over after the break.

The Red Devils are now 13th on the log after just three games and they will face Burnley at the Turf Moor on Sunday.

Dailymail quoting Sportsmail revealed that some quarters in United's board are not comfortable with the club's disappointing performances so far this season.

Mourinho is said to have the backing of the top executives of the club with the hope he can turn their fortunes around.

They were encouraged by their first half performance where they were able to create a number of chances, but failed to bury them.

While large sections of Old Trafford had emptied, many of those who remained in the Stretford End chanted Mourinho's name at the final whistle.

However, the team's results will determine the future of Mourinho stays at Old Trafford, but they must win away from home against Burnley.

After the match, Mourinho told the BBC that: "The best team, the offensive team, the team that pressed hard, that created chances and missed chances, but then from the first corner that Tottenham had they scored one goal and immediately that team was in the game.

"I'm frustrated but I'm happy with the players and the performance. I think we created more chances today than in the majority of our matches so of course I'm frustrated.

"I think the feeling is what I was trying to do was to keep their motivation and that's not easy – normally when you play well you win it and I think that's what I try not to let go away with the score. One goal comes and everything can change."

Mourinho said: "Do you know what was the result? 3-0. But what this [three fingers] also means?

"It also means three Premier Leagues and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Me three, them two. So respect, respect, respect."

What Mourinho's show of braggadocio will mean to United supporters fed up of sub-standard performances under his management is open to debate.

But the United manager also issued a call to arms to the Stretford End after making his way over to the home fans to applaud them at the end.

"Our fans don't read papers, all our fans don't watch television,' he said.

"All our fans are more intelligent than that. They answered in an absolutely amazing way.

"I don't think it's normal to lose a game at home and the supporters to react the way they did. My message was the same message that the supporters gave to the players.

"When you play the way you play, when you create what you create, when we miss the chances that we missed, when at half-time everybody was frustrated but totally convinced that was going to win the match, then it is okay.

"I'm really happy, humbled by the way the supporters reacted to the boys. I think was very much deserved but sometimes players don't get what they deserve.'

United were indeed the better team in the first half but fell apart once Harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead early in the second period.

Mourinho started the game with a back three that including midfielder Ander Herrera. And it was when he was asked if he knew what his best defence was that Mourinho's post-match mood turned sour.

"No,' he said. 'Because in the first game it Lindelof and Bailly, now Jones and Smalling but now Jones is injured and the next match will be Smalling with another one and when Rojo comes back he will be an option and I don't know my best back four.

"But you want to make the miracle of my team playing so well and strategically we were so, so good and you want to try and transform this press conference into 'let's blame the guy'.

"You have to tell me what is the most important thing.

"When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy and you say the most important is the way of playing.

"So I need to know what is the most important thing. If it is to play well or win matches?

"Today we were aggressive, we pressed high and Tottenham couldn't make two passes coming from the back.

"They have one corner and score a goal and with that goal you want to transform the story of your game.

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