Mourinho slams Manchester United players after Spurs defeat

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his side's start and subsequent game management in their 2-0 defeat of Manchester United at Wembley on Wednesday.

The visitors barely created any chances and only registered three shots on target, and new signing Alexis Sanchez was far off the pace playing his new side, as the former Arsenal winger was constantly hounded and booed by the Spurs home fans.

Mourinho cut a glum figure as he watched on from the touchline, with Manchester City's win against West Brom leaving United 15 points adrift of their rivals. It's a backhanded compliment, but as the game went on, the boos diminished as much as the Chilean's role in the match.

Tottenham's win puts them just two points behind fourth placed Chelsea and third placed Liverpool, with a crucial trip to Anfield looming on Sunday. "If we believe they are watching the match I think it's one more reason for a happy day and for a good performance and a manifestation of United colours". We knew everything. Then we don't press the ball, one mistake. "We didn't control it, lost the second ball on the ground and it was a really, really bad goal". We have to avoid fouls, control the second balls and long balls to [Ashley] Barnes and [Sam] Vokes.

Had United won, the gap would have been five points, and things would have been looking slightly rosier for Jurgen Klopp's men who play Tottenham at Anfield this Sunday.

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Asked how he felt to accept the championship race is over in early February, Mourinho said: "It makes me feel that they [CITY] are doing so well that they are not letting the others come close".

Manchester United have been in good form this season and they are looking to tighten their hold on the Champions League places. The defence was great - Jan [Vertonghen] and Davinson [Sanchez] - and the whole team just played well. It was certainly a disappointment but the outcome was a result of poor collective performance, to say the least.

"Christian is such an important player for us".

Huddersfield have slumped to just a point above the drop zone on the back of four straight defeats, but the highlight of their return to the top flight for the first time in 45 years came in beating United 2-1 back in October.

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