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‘I want to win by seven, not by six’ – Mourinho reacts after Spurs 6-1 victory over Manchester United

The Portuguese felt that his old club really deserve to lose the game, and the referee’s decision to send off Anthony Martial wouldn’t have changed much about the outcome of the game. 

The former Red Devils manager saw his Spurs side crushing the home side, who suffered their joint-worst home Premier League defeat in history, Goal reports.  

United had gotten a two-minutes lead courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes penalty which became their only goal in the match before the visitors responded in quick succession to take the lead inside the first quarter-hour with goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Heung-min Son. 

Things rather got worse on the half-hour mark though when Anthony Martial was shown a red card for an apparent retaliation to receiving an elbow from Erik Lamela, in the wake of which Harry Kane piled on more misery with a third goal. The host could do nothing but watch till it became six.

During the post-match press conference, Mourinho, when asked whether he has any sympathy for the United boss with the position he’s in at the club, the Portuguese had plenty to say where he also stated he wanted to win with seven goals and not just six. 

“I have sympathy for Ole because of the result. I don’t remember that I lost by six but I lost by five, I lost by four. I know how we hurt. I know it’s very very important that the winning manager behaves in a way where he shows sympathy. Of course, I want to win, and of course, I want to win by seven, not by six. Don’t get me wrong.

“But it’s sympathy in our behaviour. Today was him, tomorrow is me. Of course, I feel sympathy for him. I can imagine that tonight he’s not going to sleep very very well. But this is the hard life of us.

“But when I look to his team, there was an evolution. It’s not like he arrives here and the team don’t improve. The team is improving, they have good players, he bought lots of young players. Very good players. If it’s true that Cavani is coming, Cavani is one of the top strikers in the world. Manchester United is Manchester United. It’s not a defeat that is going to destroy them. I can imagine they will react like Manchester United always react.

“So I feel sympathy for the result, but apart from that no sympathy because he has an incredible job and it feels like the players like him, they are with him. They are going to react for sure.”

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