Mourinho on loss at Old Trafford, Dele says Spurs ‘overconfident’

Nicholas Mendola

In-form Dele Alli was disappointing his Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t get a win for Jose Mourinho in the manager’s return to Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored twice in a 2-1 win for the Red Devils, who slowed the Spurs resurgence under the Portuguese tactician.

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“We want to win any game and you want to win for the new manager at his old place.”

Dele said maybe Spurs had gotten a bit too high on their headlines after an impressive start to life after Mauricio Pochettino.

“Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and overconfidence,” Dele said. “We’ve been playing well. You have to have confidence and arrogance in games like this but have to use it in the right way. We were a bit sloppy but you can’t do it in games like this or you’ll get punished. … We’ve spent a lot of years together. We have to learn from this. Games like this bring your feet back down.

When asked about it, Mourinho admitted, “That’s exactly what I was trying to stop in them.”

Mourinho was not pleased with the overall effort, especially at the start of both halves. He said the first goal was “impossible to concede,” saying his side was “sleeping.”

United looked irrepressible in the first half hour or so, and Mourinho did not deny it (via Football.London).

“I think for 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. They were better than us in aggression and intensity, winning 50-50 duels. We were lucky. Then at the end of the first half we were us, and United were worried. In the second half we made some adjustments and we thought we were going to win it. The second goal is hard to process.”

The United fans were kind to Mourinho in his return.

It was nice, polite, educated and what I was expecting,” he said.

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