Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffered his heaviest home defeat of his managerial career as Tottenham Hotspur romped to a comfortable 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford on Monday night.
United had the better chances during the first period where Romelu Lukaku failed to score with an empty net but following the interval, Spurs dominated the proceedings with a Harry Kane strike and a brace from Lucas Moura ensuring a 3-0 rout of the home side.
Two things we learned:
Mauricio Pochettino secures his first Old Trafford triumph: Pochettino and Spurs were left disappointed in their previous four visits to Old Trafford where they succumbed to defeats without scoring. A repeat appeared a possibility based on Spurs’ ineffectiveness on the attack in the first half and they were clearly the dominant side following the break as they ended a four-match winless run at the Theatre of Dreams. Spurs have often dropped off the title race due to their lean away form against the top-six but they have started the current campaign in a bright fashion with a confident boosting triumph at United. Pochettino’s side are presently right in the title mix with only goal difference separating them from leaders Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho’s managerial position: The Portuguese only extended his contract with United earlier in January but things have since not been rosy for the 55-year-old. After a trophyless campaign last season, the club may not have got to a worse start this term with just three points accumulated from the opening three matches. During this period, the defensive organisation has been a concern with seven goals leaked and Mourinho needs to find a quick solution, if United are to avoid losing further ground on the Champions League positions, which they already trail by six points. United make the trip to Lancashire to face Burnley this weekend and anything less than a victory would surely put the manager’s position under threat with the international break coming up.
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