Jose Mourinho's gameplan worked a treat on Sunday as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed his former club Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese was a smirking presence on the sidelines as his current employers thrashed his old side despite going a goal down to Bruno Fernandes' early penalty.
Spurs roared back and ultimately struck through braces from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min as well as strikes from Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier, leaving United – who had seen Anthony Martial sent off when they were 2-1 down – looking embarrassed on their own turf.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could offer no excuses as his side suffered their heaviest defeat under his stewardship, and the Manchester Evening News claim that one of the tactical instructions from his United predecessor Mourinho was key to the victory.
Mourinho is said to have instructed his full-backs Aurier and Sergio Reguilon – a former United target this summer – to press high as he was confident that neither Marcus Rashford nor Mason Greenwood would go back with them.
With defending not the strong suit of either player, Spurs' full-backs were then able to push onto both Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, neither of whom were getting any protection from the players in front of them.
Aurier and Reguilon could then combine with Tottenham's wide forwards Erik Lamela and Son to inflict damage on the United rearguard.
Mourinho was delighted with his side's performance after the match, saying: "To win 6-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford is an honour for all of us, considering the dimension of Manchester United and Old Trafford.
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"The pleasure is not the 6-1, the pleasure is the performance and three points which we really need after losing points at home against Newcastle.
"The target, objective is every match we go to win. I told the players in the last couple of days 1000 times a good result at Old Trafford is to win.
"Of course if you draw it's not a bad result but that's the kind of mentality we must get. It was a great performance, a great result. We have seven points, so our position in the table is so-so."
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