Spurs boss Mourinho: 'We lost against a very good team.'


FT: Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United.

Mourinho embraces Solskjaer [GETTY]
Mourinho embraces Solskjaer [GETTY]

Man United came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.


Jose Mourinho credited his Tottenham players despite losing 3-1 to Manchester United on Sunday.


The Portuguese also heaped praise to United, saying the Red Devils have an 'incredible physicality in midfield.'


Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani thought he had broken the deadlock just after the half-hour mark, but the goal was cancelled following a VAR check as it showed midfielder Scott McTominay’s hand accidentally hitting Heung-Min Son’s face during the build-up.


And moments later, Son handed Mourinho’s Lilywhites the lead as he calmly slotted in Lucas Moura’s pass.


In the second half, United turned their fortunes around, with Fred finishing off from close-range to level the score after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris parried Cavani's strike.


A diving header from Cavani in the 80th minute made it 2-1 before a late Mason Greenwood finish handed United all three points to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.


The result means Spurs are now six points adrift in the race to seal a Champions League spot.


Speaking to BBC Sport, Tottenham boss Mourinho said: "Credit to the opponent. They have good players and lots of quality. They have incredible physicality in midfield.


"In the second half, the things went against us too. They score but our reaction deserves a second goal. Then they score a second but our reaction deserves a second goal too.


"We lost but I praise my players. We have no complaints. For me, it’s very difficult to analyse games with the media. I am always criticized when I try to analyse so I prefer to be general.


"To be general, I think we lost against a very good team. I praise my players and my compliments to United."


[On VAR] "It’s difficult for everybody. For us, for the players, for the referees. Lots of contradictions and decisions you don’t understand very well. That’s not my problem, I cannot fix this.


"It’s a compliment to me in the way we start matches, the way we are organised. Then what happens during matches to lose points from winning positions is one of the situations I am not comfortable with talking to the media anymore.


"You look to the table and you see the distance to the top four. You know it’s difficult but it’s mathematically possible."




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