Man Utd news: Chris Smalling ignored Jose Mourinho tactical advice in Tottenham game | Football | Sport

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Manchester United slumped to a humiliating 2-0 defeat against Tottenham with Christian Eriksen and Phil Jones’ own-goal making it a horrific evening for the Red Devils.

Spurs were far superior across all departments, playing with more energy and panache than United who looked down and out the moment Eriksen struck after 11 seconds.


Many Manchester United fans took to Twitter to blast the performances of Jones, Smalling, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and debutant Alexis Sanchez.

And the Manchester Evening News say Smalling actually defied the instructions of Mourinho at Wembley last night.

The England international cut a lost figure throughout with Harry Kane regularly getting the better of him.

Smalling regularly attempted to play the ball out from the back, with Pogba and Matic consequently being outran in the middle of the park.

And the MEN say Mourinho had specifically told him not to do that.

As a result, United failed to get any momentum going and never looked like breaching Hugo Lloris’ goal.

Meanwhile, speaking after the game, Mourinho hit out at his side for their abject display.

“I don’t think it’s very normal to concede a goal [at the start] like we did,” Mourinho said. 

“After the kick-off, it’s ridiculous. It is especially ridiculous because the players – they watch it before, we analyse opponents and work on opponents’ dynamics and routines.

“We don’t press the ball. One mistake. We don’t win the ball in the air. Second mistake. 

“We don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake. We don’t cover inside, the full-back inside, when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes. 

“Four mistakes and you are losing 1-0 against a good team. 

“The second goal, I don’t say ridiculous, I just say unlucky.”



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