Mourinho: “The second goal, mentally, kills us.”



Jose Mourinho reflected on a disappointing night after his Manchester United team were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen broke the deadlock at Wembley within 11 seconds and Phil Jones helped Spurs double the lead with his own-goal in the 28th minute as Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites sealed a vital three points on Wednesday night.


And following the match, Mourinho rued the “ridiculous” goals his Red Devils conceded. The Portuguese told MUTV: “It’s a performance that starts with a ridiculous goal. That goal after a few seconds has a big influence in the game because Tottenham can play the way they like to play. In the end, we played against a very good team. Both goals were ridiculous goals, also the second was unlucky. “The first goal is an accumulation of mistakes in spite of the fact that everything happened so fast. My players have watched the Tottenham kick-off many, many times. They know the way they do it and they also know [Harry] Kane normally starts in a position in front of the line to win some metres.


“We didn’t control it, lost the second ball on the ground and it was a really, really bad goal.” He added: “We reacted and had a good reaction for 10 or 15 minutes with a good approach to the box and crosses in the face of the goal. But I think the second goal, mentally, kills us and it gives Tottenham the possibility to play the way they like to play. We tried to not let them play that way but, at 2-0, it was in their hands. “A team to win matches needs to score goals and also defend well - on this occasion we were very bad. Lukaku could score and make it 2-1 to bring the team into the game but, also, Tottenham could have scored more goals on the counter-attack.”

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