Jose Mourinho insisted the players and fans are united behind him after Manchester United’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham. Harry Kane’s goal and two from Lucas Moura condemned United to a chastening Old Trafford loss which will do little to quash rumours of unrest at the club.
But Mourinho pointedly stayed on the pitch to applaud the supporters who had sung his name towards the end of the match. And afterwards he claimed the performance of his players proved the solidarity in the dressing room as well as in the stands.
“We worked very well during the week, we prepared well, we played well, the players had a fantastic attitude,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“At half-time the result should be 2-0, 3-1, 3-0, but then something changed the game a bit and the result was 2-0 but the team was in the game.
“I think everyone felt one goal could change the direction of game, Tottenham felt it, we did too, but then the third goal changed the game.
“If anyone watched this game one thing they will know for sure, the team is united. A team doesn’t fight like they fought if they are not united. I think it’s time to stop with the untruths.
“A team that fights the way they did with the solidarity between the players, the dignity to play together for Manchester United and lose at home, of course it’s a very difficult thing for anyone.
“I think one thing is clear, the team are united. There is no union without the manager.”