Jose Mourinho has claimed he warned his Tottenham players about Marcus Rashford’s threat from the wing.
Rashford ruined Mourinho’s Old Trafford return by scoring both goals in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Spurs.
He grabbed his first by cutting in from the wing and beating Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post.
Dele Alli struck a sublime equaliser before the break but Rashford won and scored a penalty early in the second half to secure all three points.
Speaking after the loss, Mourinho said: “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.
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“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].”
Plenty was made of what sort of reception Mourinho would be given by the home faithful – but it was generally good natured from the Old Trafford crowd.
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“It was nice, polite, educated and what I was expecting,” the former Red Devils boss admitted.
Alli’s return to form has been a key feature in the first two weeks of Mourinho’s reign at Tottenham.
He continued his goalscoring spree by netting a sublime equaliser on the stroke of half time.
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The England international’s revival under Mourinho will give Spurs fans hope of a top-four challenge.
Mourinho said: “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.”
Tottenham find themselves eighth in the Premier League table.
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