Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - August 27, 2018 Tottenham's Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their second goal. Three-nil. Three-nil. Do you know what this means?
Nemanja Matic was one of six United alterations, with the defensive midfielder forming part of a back three.
It felt in some ways like a tender moment between one man and his disciples, but in others it was exactly what we have come to expect from Mourinho.
At Porto he lasted three seasons, Inter Milan two, Real Madrid three and his second spell at Chelsea ended during the third campaign.
The loss leaves United with three points from their opening three matches, while Tottenham have moved up into second place on the Premier League table.
Jose Mourinho's side was under pressure to get a win following last Sunday's 3-2 loss to Brighton and Fred almost gave them a dream start when he chested down a loose ball in Spurs' penalty area and fired a low volley into the side netting.
"People are now looking at him and people are talking about how much longer he has got at United, which personally I think is stupid". We know the end of the season is too far away, we need to keep pushing, trying to be consistent.
Mourinho had made clear throughout the close-season that he wanted a new central defender and his team have shown in the past nine days exactly why.
Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side lost 3-0 to Tottenham at home, which doesn't portend good things.
The follow-up question was whether his decision not to select Lindelof displayed a lack of trust in the Sweden worldwide, but Mourinho responded by attempting to deflect the story away from his selection. It can provide us very good confidence and trust with how we are working.
"I accept these are different times and I accept the difficulties and challenges, but my honest view as I stand here now is that Ed Woodward gave him a contract last season. I already knew then that they are great players, but since then they have made great progress and now are in the top 5 in the world", said Van Der Vaart. A team playing with confidence, Manchester United isn't.
Winners don't want hard luck stories, but that is increasingly what Mourinho is trotting out.