Jose Mourinho endured an unhappy return to Manchester United as Marcus Rashford struck twice in a 2-1 defeat for Tottenham (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho said he reacted to Tottenham's midweek defeat at Manchester United by sleeping at the club's training ground. Mourinho's 100 percent record since taking over at Spurs came to an end in a 2-1 loss against his former club at Old Trafford. However, he said he refused to wallow in pity and instead started planning for Saturday's home game against Burnley. "I slept in here (the training ground), I stayed here, I didn't go home, so the next morning at eight o'clock I was here doing what? Burnley," Mourinho explained on Friday. "Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works. That's the way you have to do it in football. Don't accept in a passive way."
Defeat to United followed successive league victories over West Ham and Bournemouth, in addition to progression to the last 16 of the Champions League. Now, Mourinho has ordered his squad to respond to the midweek setback. "After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad," said the 56-year-old. "Sad is grief. It's death. When you lose somebody, you have to be sad, you have to be grieving, you have to be crying. There is no solution against that, you lost that person. A football match, you lose one, tomorrow there is another one. Accept defeat as a learning process, next game, work the next day."
Mourinho endured an unhappy return to Manchester United as Marcus Rashford struck twice in a 2-1 defeat for Tottenham while Liverpool maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, putting five goals past Everton. Second-placed Leicester equalled their top-flight league record of seven consecutive wins with a 2-0 victory against bottom side Watford while Chelsea bounced back from two consecutive league defeats to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Mourinho's first loss since taking charge of Spurs eases the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United moved above Tottenham, up to sixth in the table.
Rashford smashed United into an early lead with the help of some poor goalkeeping by Paulo Gazzaniga, the England international's powerful shot creeping in at the near post and he had chances to extend the lead. Yet for all United's dominance in the first 45 minutes, one moment of brilliance from Dele Alli pulled Mourinho's men level before the break. Alli plucked the ball out of the air and skipped beyond two United defenders with one touch before slotting home his fourth goal in as many games since Mourinho took charge.