Jose Mourinho Slams Manchester United's Defending as 'Ridiculous'

Jose Mourinho described Manchester United's defending as "ridiculous" after they conceded a goal within 10 seconds at Wembley on Wednesday (January 31) in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Spurs took all three points from the Premier League clash to move within two of the Champions League positions as Christian Eriksen's opener was added to with a Phil Jones own goal.

Mourinho lamented his side's sloppy start, insisting they had been prepared for how Tottenham started each game but failed to react.

"I don't think it's very normal to concede a goal like we did after 15 seconds," Mourinho said. "We did that last season at Stamford Bridge and this season we had one that was after one minute.

"After kick-off is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watch it before. We analyse opponents, we work on opponents. Dynamics and routines, the players they knew.

"They know the long ball, they know Harry Kane is already inside the opponents' half before the kick-off. We knew everything."

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Jose Mourinho at Wembley Stadium, London, January 31. Mourinho's team was beaten 2-0 by Tottenham. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty

The gap between Mourinho's team and Premier League leaders Manchester City was extended to 15 points after Pep Guardiola's outfit won 3-0 at home to West Brom.

But Mourinho suggested that United was now just competing for place in the top four, ensuring they stayed above of the other top four clubs.

"I always said that when the leader is with a certain distance—I've been there a few times—you are calm, you are relaxed, you don't feel the pressure," Mourinho said. "You know your opponent sooner or later will drop at least a couple of points and you are completely in control."

"We knew, you knew the distance to the leader was already considerable even before this match. Now, we have us, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal who will be there fighting for the positions."

Victory prevented Pochettino's team from slipping away from the top four as they prepare to face Liverpool on Sunday, plus Arsenal and Juventus in the next two weeks.

"The most important thing now is to keep going, be consistent," Pochettino said. "It will not be easy to keep this type of performance, we play every three, four days, and we're going to need the whole squad.

"Now we rest, assess the players and take best decisions for Liverpool. Liverpool are a very good team, for me, one of the best teams in England—we need all in a very good mental and physical condition.

"We're going to use the squad, maybe rotate, maybe not, but we're going to use the squad."

Pochettino didn't, however, want to comment on Tottenham's new signing Lucas Moura, who was unveiled to fans on the Wembley turf at half-time.

Twice the Argentine was asked where Moura would fit in to his attack, and twice he answered by praising his team. Perhaps because, with performances like this, he really doesn't know where.