Jose Mourinho walks out of interview following Tottenham Hotspur defeat

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho walked out of his post-match interview following Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

The Portuguese once again made eight changes from the side that faced Celta Vigo in midweek and such dysfunction was immediately apparent as the home side raced into a deserved 2-0 lead.

Wayne Rooney, in spite of what was an awful showing, pulled a goal back with 20 minutes left and substitute Marcus Rashford came close late on, but Mourinho’s men couldn’t force an equaliser.

And Mourinho, when asked about where Man United need to improve over the summer, promptly walked out of the interview.

This is not the first time Mourinho has skirted such a question, but I can somewhat understand why. Asking somebody where they need to improve is one of the oldest loaded questions in the book: it essentially implies that there are problems with the squad whilst disguising itself as ‘glass half full’ kind of remark, and any reciprocation here ultimately leads to the manager pointing towards areas he may want to address over the summer.

Mourinho has been asked this numerous times and knows, full well, that it is a poisonous question. His refusal to answer this time around is probably predicated by a desire to keep attention firmly on the next few weeks – on an upcoming European final that will require the right mindset. For Mourinho, next season isn’t important until the final whistle blows against Ajax on May 24, and perhaps the reporter should have known that.

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