Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s Champions League were dealt a severe blow after Manchester United defeated them 3-1 at home. Spurs were yet again guilty of throwing away the game from a winning position after Son’s opener in the 40th minute.
The defeat resulted in Spurs dropping 18 points from a winning position this season, two less than Brighton, and the most ever by a Jose Mourinho managed side. Spurs remain 7th in the table, six points adrift fourth-placed West Ham. Speaking to reporters after the defeat Mourinho praised Man United for their performance, and complimented his players despite losing the game.
The Spurs manager added “They have a fantastic record away because they are a very good team but it is the kind of defeat where I’m not going home upset with my players. They gave what they can and they gave it in two difficult situations.”
“They came after the first goal and after the second goal. Our best chances came in those moments. I don’t want to go to much in our analysis just compliment our opponents and full compliments to my players who gave everything with professionalism.“
The Tottenham manager insisted Pogba should have been sent off for his challenge on Serge Aurier. “I think we were unlucky because maybe Pogba should get a red card for the elbow on Serge Aurier. If you are going to speak about VAR, maybe we have to go deeper than the disallowed goal. I don’t know anything any more. In football, you don’t know anything any more. I watched Fulham-Wolves, I don’t understand anything any more. Sometimes you get [decisions], sometimes you don’t get, but it’s very difficult to analyse, even as a coach. I don’t know how to comment.”
Mourinho acknowledged dropping points from a winning position has been a concern for him, and added “I know some of the reasons, but it’s very hard for me to be [honest] with you, with the media, because when I go deeper on analysing the game I don’t feel very comfortable, so I prefer to praise my players for the effort. I believe they gave everything. I believe they deserved more, but I praise United for their victory and I prefer to stay like this.”