Soccer pundit Gary Neville says Jose Mourinho faces "the biggest challenge he has had in football" after Manchester United were humbled 3-0 at home by Tottenham. "Do you know what this means? 3-0". 3-0, but also means three Premierships and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together.
Asked if he was asked if he was concerned by two defeats in the first three games, the Portuguese manager said he was not. "Respect, respect, respect, respect, respect".
There isn't much time for Mourinho to find the right solutions - United are already six points behind the Premier League's top four Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford who all have 100 per cent records.
Mourinho has won three league titles in two separate stints with Chelsea - his last coming in 2015. Two Champions Leagues; three Premier Leagues; FA Cups; League Cups; titles in Portugal, Italy and Spain; but it is all in the past.
"You want to make the miracle of my team played so well and strategically we were so, so, so, so, so, so good and you want to try and transform this press conference into let's blame the guy", he said. "We lost last season here against Sevilla [last season in the Champions League last-16] and we were booed, because we deserved, because we were not good, because we were not unsafe enough, because Sevilla deserved to win the match". Now they have more opportunities. It was hard to tell if he was applauding them in what could potentially be viewed as the lasting image of his career at the club or if it was a genuine "thank you" to those who stayed through the 90 minutes. "A lot of our players have only had three weeks training but we want to build something special".
"At half-time the result should be 2-0, 3-1, 3-0, but then something changed the game a bit and the result was 2-0 but the team was in the game".
United initially showed promise in an even first half with Brazilian Fred finding plenty of space they and should have taken the lead through Romelu Lukaku after he was presented with a gift of a back-pass from Danny Rose.