Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho admits defeat at Manchester United is a ‘step back’, after seeing his side beaten 2-1 on his return to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Mourinho’s strong start to life at Spurs was brought to an abrupt halt at his former side, Marcus Rashford scoring twice to inspire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to an impressive victory.
Rashford’s brace would be sandwiched by a brilliantly improvised equaliser from Dele Alli, though the midfielder’s fourth goal in four games would prove little consolation to Mourinho, who could not hide his disappointment after suffering his first defeat in charge of the North London side.
“It’s a step back against a team that is playing with same objective as us,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
”Trying to get up the table and reach the top six. We need to keep going. We made mistakes but it’s not good to be crying about them now, we have a difficult match on Saturday [Burnley at home].”
Mourinho would see his plans unravel courtesy of a fine display from former charge Rashford, the England international at his electric best operating from United’s left flank.
Since the start of last season, Marcus Rashford has scored more goals against Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford (2) than he has under him (1).
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The Spurs boss admitted he had pre-warned his side regarding the in-form 22-year-old’s capabilities, though his plans to stop the forward did not materialise after his match-winning display.
Speaking on Rashford, Mourinho added: “When he plays from the left he is really dangerous and I knew that and gave the players the best information about it. His first goal is a typical Rashford goal coming on the inside. Our boys knew that clearly.
The fixture also marked Mourinho’s first return to Old Trafford since his sacking at the club in December of last year, the 56-year-old thankful for the respectful reception he received from his former side’s fans.
“It was nice, polite, educated and what I was expecting,” the Spurs boss said.
Tottenham will now be looking to bounce back when they host Burnley this weekend, whilst Manchester United head to the Etihad to face rivals Manchester City on Saturday evening