Sam Allardyce has launched a passionate defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
The pressure on Mourinho was ramped up on Monday night as his side were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham at Old Trafford – the heaviest home defeat of the Portuguese’s career.
Before the Old Trafford clash, the ‘Special One’ had never lost two of his three opening games, but successive defeats to Brighton and Spurs have put his future under the spotlight.
United ended the first half against Spurs on top but could not turn their superiority into goals – mostly through their own wastefulness.
But, again, they were a shambles at the back and their opponents took full advantage after the break, with a Harry Kane header and a fine brace from the rampant Lucas Moura sealing a big win.
Mourinho was in no mood to speak to the press after the game, cutting his press conference short and calling for more ‘respect’ from the media, making reference to his three Premier League titles – more than the other 19 Premier League managers combined.
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But while many have pointed the finger at Mourinho following the dreadful result, Allardyce has backed the boss and insists his side were merely the victims of a ‘freak result’.
“I’ll tell you the stats and why Man United were so GOOD,” Allardyce said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“United had 57 per cent possession, 23 shots at goal and five on target.
“Tottenham had 43 per cent possession, nine shots on goals and five on target.
“It’s only about Tottenham’s finishing that got them the victory – normally that result would never happen.
“So is it a freak result? When you’ve had 23 shots at your own place and you have not scored, that is not the manager’s fault. But the manager always gets blamed at the end of the day.
“Mourinho has set his team up to attack, they’ve created enough chances and opportunities to win the game comfortably, they failed to take those chances and they ended up being sucker punched by some pretty poor defending.
“It’s alright saying it’s a disaster, yes it is, because it’s 3-0.
“But if you’re a manager, you’d be saying to your players: ‘Cut the silly mistakes out, keep getting this possession rate and shot rate, and we will win far more games than we’ll lose’.
“All the hysteria around the result because it’s 3-0 – nobody is looking at the real facts!
“The facts are, United did create more than Tottenham, they did outplay Tottenham, but unfortunately they missed their chances and their slack defending and some brilliant finishing from Tottenham was the difference.”