Jose Mourinho believes his Tottenham side only have themselves and their attitude to blame after their 2-1 defeat against Manchester United, the Portuguese’s first loss as Spurs boss.
The Red Devils eased the pressure on the under-fire Norwegian by beating Spurs on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford, and McTominay was dominant in midfield to help his side pick up a valuable win.
On the day of Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Tottenham manager he immediately lauded the strength of the squad at his disposal. It seemed to be a sideways glance at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho was named Spurs boss a fortnight ago and signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season, following the abrupt exit of Mauricio Pochettino.
The Danish star is out of contract and eligible to leave Spurs for nothing next summer and has already indicated he will not sign a new contract under manager Jose Mourinho.
A United source said: ‘Ole was a little bit emotional and told them that if they don’t get two results this week, he could be gone. ‘It is the worst time to be facing Spurs with Jose coming back.’
Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss last month, and the club have since gone on to win his first three matches in charge – ahead of a trip to Man United this week.
Lo Celso’s presence has mostly been felt from the bench, with six substitute appearances and just one start – in a 1-1 home draw against Sheffield United, where he played the full 90 but failed to dazzle.
When Jose Mourinho bounced into Tottenham’s plush training headquarters 12 days ago he vowed to propel the squad back towards the top four.
Harry Kane has been linked with a move away Spurs but Crouch believes his former protege, who he saw while he was at the club from 2009 until 2011, has been galvanised by the returning Portuguese.