EPL: Absolutely ridiculous, says Jose Mourinho after Manchester United loss

Updated: Feb 02, 2018, 12:31 IST | PA Sport

Manchester United manager Mourinho slams his team for poor defence which saw Tottenham score opening goal in 11 seconds during Red Devils' 0-2 defeat at Wembley

Man United players are dejected after conceding a goal v Spurs during an EPL tie on Wednesday. Pic/Getty Images
Man United players are dejected after conceding a goal v Spurs during an EPL tie on Wednesday. Pic/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho lambasted Manchester United's ridiculous start against Tottenham as they conceded within 11 seconds before going on to lose at Wembley. Spurs raced ahead as Christian Eriksen scored the third-fastest goal in Premier League history before United had even touched the ball. The shell-shocked visitors then gifted Tottenham their second when Phil Jones turned Kieran Trippier's cross into his own goal as Mauricio Pochettino's side ran out deserved 2-0 winners.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the fastest goal of the Premier League season
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the fastest goal of the Premier League season

Mourinho cut a glum figure as he watched on from the touchline, with Manchester City's win against West Brom leaving United 15 points adrift of their rivals. The Portuguese felt his players had forgotten everything from their planning ahead of the game and counted a number of errors which led to such a woeful start. "I don't think it is very normal to concede a goal like we did after 15 seconds," he said. "It is especially ridiculous because the players, they watch it before, we analyse opponents and work on opponents' dynamics and routines.

Man United boss Jose Mourinho
Man United boss Jose Mourinho

"The players they knew the long ball, they knew that Harry Kane — before the kick-off, is already inside the opponent's half. We knew everything. "Then we don't press the ball; one mistake. We don't pick the ball in the air; second mistake. We don't win the second ball on the ground; third mistake. We don't cover the inside when Eriksen comes; four mistakes. "Four mistakes after 15 seconds and you are losing 1-0 against a good team. Then I think (we had) a good reaction." Tottenham's win puts them just two points off the top four and six clear of neighbours Arsenal.

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