Jose Mourinho has hit out at his Manchester United side for a feeble defensive display against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
The visitors were behind after just 11 seconds following a long ball into the box that somehow sent the entire back four into disarray, allowing Christian Eriksen to score.
Speaking after the game, the 55-year-old pointed out that his side was nowhere near good enough at the back all evening.
Mourinho: "The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane is normally inside the half before kick-off. We knew everything. We don't press the ball, we don't win the ball in the air, we don't win it on the ground, we don't cover the ground inside… we are losing 1-0."
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Man United were out of the game within 15 seconds.
Of course, any side that goes behind early on has the chance to turn things around, but this was different given that it came against a Mauricio Pochettino side which thrives on pinning the opponent back and blowing them out of the water.
The precedent had been set moments after kick off: an ebullient, high-pressing Spurs outfit suffocating a rigid, uninspiring Mourinho set-up. One side seemed to fly forward at will, their momentum there for all to see, while the other coughed and spluttered its way through.
United’s bloody nose at Wembley once again sheds light on a notion we have became all too familiar with over the last 18 months: that if Mourinho wants to win the Premier League at Old Trafford, his approach in big games needs to change.