Jose Mourinho said he would not be crying about the mistakes his Tottenham side made after Manchester United earned a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Less than a year after being sacked as background backbiting compounded poor performances, Mourinho returned to the Old Trafford touchline at a time when pressure was increasing on his successor following the club’s worst start to a season since 1988.
The Portuguese coach received a warm reception at his old stomping ground and he said: “It was nice, polite, educated and what I was expecting,” but Solskjaer’s name filled the air on Wednesday night, when Marcus Rashford goals either side of a fine Dele Alli equaliser sealed United a much-needed victory against Spurs.
Mourinho speaking to BBC Sport, said: “We started the second half with a goal that it is impossible to concede.
“We were not alert, sleeping at the throw-in and we let [Marcus] Rashford attack. Once he is inside the box it’s more difficult to defend and he was clever and waited for the touch.
“In the first half they started more aggressive and more intense and deserved to be in front, maybe even 2-0, then we took control of the game.
“The goal at the start of the second half gave United the chance to play the way they did.”
On Alli, Mourinho added: “Dele is fine, he gave a good performance and tried everything, even in the second half when it’s more difficult and they are more compact.”
On Rashford, he added: “When he plays from the left he is really dangerous and I knew that and gave the players the best information about it. His first goal is a typical Rashford goal coming on the inside. Our boys knew that clearly.
“It’s a step back against a team that is playing with same objective as us. Trying to get up the table and reach the top six. We need to keep going. We made mistakes but it’s not good to be crying about them now, we have a difficult match on Saturday [Burnley at home].”