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Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham: Jose Mourinhoandapos;s honeymoon period is over after painful Old Trafford return

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Mourinho’s honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt with a 2-1 defeat to United on his much-anticipated return to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho often managed to prompt this kind of insipid, error-strewn performance from Tottenham during his spells at Chelsea and Manchester United – but Spurs were not supposed to play like this with the Portuguese in their dugout.



But it was hard not to feel like Spurs and their coach were the architects of their own downfall, as Mourinho’s team selection backfired (more on that below) and far too many of his players had nights to forget.



They conceded another early goal, Rashford's near-post screamer, and then a second again seconds after half-time, rending Mourinho’s team talks largely worthless.

It is still early days for the Spurs manager of course but this significant and painful set-back underlines the scale of his task ahead.

Aurier, meanwhile, was positionally poor and erratic in the final third, even if saw a lot of the ball and set-up Alli's goal.

It is very early yet – just 13 days and limited time on the training ground for the new coaching team – but Mourinho must already be wondering if he has the personnel to fix Spurs’ leaky defence
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