Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho made gesture to squad after Brighton defeat as pressure builds


Manchester United face Tottenham tomorrow aiming to bounce back after a humiliating setback against Brighton on the south coast.

The Red Devils, who beat Leicester 2-1 in their Premier League opener, were sent hurtling back to earth as the Seagulls sprung a major shock at the Amex.

Since then, scrutiny at Manchester United has risen to unprecedented levels with many fans fearing the worst.

Mourinho’s own position has come under threat with reports suggesting former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to take over at Old Trafford.

Yet the Manchester Evening News say Mourinho has stepped in to stop the crisis from growing.

It is claimed that, after the Brighton battering, United players were given two days off.

Mourinho supposedly decided to make the decision so his squad could spend more time with their families and boost morale around the club as a result.

It is something that Chris Smalling feels will pay off against Tottenham on Monday.

He said: “We have to regroup and we’ve had a good amount of days on the training pitch.

“It’s about putting that hard work in, then standing up and showing some character come Monday night. We need to come out fighting.

“To be honest, I’d rather have had the game on Saturday because you just want to bounce back after a defeat.

“It’s a long weekend but, at the same time, we’ve had a long time to prepare for the game and we’ve tried to take advantage of those days.

“This is a good game for us to have. When you lose a game, the next one is more important than ever.

“The fact that it’s a big game at Old Trafford, that’s when the big players rise to the occasion. We’re determined to be ready.”

United go up against a Tottenham side aiming for a repeat of last season.

The two teams met last November when Mourinho was under pressure.

And Anthony Martial secured them a crucial three points on a rainy afternoon at Old Trafford.

Tottenham did, though, win the reverse fixture at Wembley 2-0 on a night that saw Mourinho and Paul Pogba clash.


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