Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United won’t impact this weekend’s return clash between the two sides.
Mourinho’s side produced one of the headline results of the season with a 6-1 win at Old Trafford earlier this season, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min each scoring twice as Spurs inflicted a joint-biggest Premier League defeat on the Red Devils.
The two teams have since gone in differing directions with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side bouncing back from a difficult start to sit second, whilst Spurs are now sixth after topping the Premier League in December.
Sunday’s meeting shapes as a huge clash for the north Londoners as they continue their pursuit of Champions League football, but Mourinho believes his side’s stunning success at Old Trafford will have no impact on this weekend’s showdown.
“I believe that 6-1 doesn’t reflect the reality. It can happen,” the former Man Utd boss said at his pre-match press conference. “Of course it can happen, between two great sides, the results they can happen in an isolated way. I go much more in the direction of the other two previous matches between us and United.
”We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford, with the penalty, and we draw 1-1 at home last season, also with a penalty. I think this is more the reality. We are not far from each other so I think it is going to be a difficult match for both.
”If Solskjaer is going to use that result I don’t know. If it was the opposite. If it was my team losing 6-1 to them I would just say to my guys that it happened once and it’s not going to happen twice.
“This doesn’t reflect the reality. The game is going to be tight and we can win, but I don’t know, maybe Solskjaer has different things.”
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