Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho ended his press conference early by demanding to be shown more respect following Monday’s painful home defeat to Tottenham.
The Portuguese endured a particularly spiky press conference after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham, his heaviest home loss in management, which left the side 13th in the table with just one win from their opening three matches.
His closing gambit was to inform the media he needs more “respect”, because he has won more Premier League titles than the other 19 top-flight bosses combined.
However, Mourinho – who won three titles in two spells with Chelsea – was in combative mood when challenged about the criticism coming his way both in the media and from fans, with many of those left inside Old Trafford at the final whistle booing.
“We lost a game because we conceded a goal from the first corner of the match against us,” he said.
“In the first half zero corners, zero free-kicks, on minute 50-something they had one corner and scored a goal, and you want, with that goal, you want to transform the story of the game.
“But don’t lose your time. Today I had the proof the best judge in football are the supporters.”
When it was suggested to Mourinho many had walked out before the end, he added: “I would do the same, losing 3-0 and taking two hours from here to the centre of Manchester.”
The Portuguese then went on the offensive, suggesting those in the media questioning him were orchestrating a campaign.
“Keep trying. Keep trying. Keep trying. We lost last season here against Sevilla and were booed because we deserved it, because we were not good,” he said.
“Today the players left the pitch after losing at home and they were applauded because they deserved it.
“So keep trying. Do you know what was the result? Three-nil. Do you know what this means (holding up three fingers)?
“Three-nil but it also means three Premier Leagues and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them.”
Mourinho then left his seat repeating “respect, respect, respect” as he walked out of the press conference.
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