Jose Mourinho insisted that arrogance was not to blame as his perfect start as Tottenham head coach coming to an end at the hands of old side Manchester United.
Spurs travelled to Old Trafford on the back of a three-game winning streak masterminded by Mourinho since his surprise succession of Mauricio Pochettino.
But that winning run came to an abrupt halt as Marcus Rashford’s double either side of Dele Alli’s sublime equaliser secured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a much-needed victory.
“For 30 minutes United were not just better than us, they were much better than us,” Mourinho told his post-match press conference. “They were much better in the intensity, in the aggression, they were winning first balls, second balls, 50-50 duels.
“United have good results against the best teams this season. At home against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester, they always had this kind of attitude. It’s easier for them because of the way they play, they are not afraid to have a defensive approach at home, take their time and handle the emotion of the game.
“They have lots of young players with lots of energy and a good mentality, and when they are winning matches, they are comfortable in the low block. It’s easier for them to play against better teams that want more of the ball and have the initiative. They did well.”
Pushed on whether Spurs arrived at Old Trafford arrogant after winning their first three matches under their new manager, Mourinho added: “I’ve tried to fight that state of mind.
“I told the players about the way United approached their home matches with strong starts and people running and pressing and trying to lift the crowd. We only have to blame ourselves.
“We didn’t lose because of an attacking set up, we lost because we approached the game in an emotional way.”
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