Surprising Stats Illustrate Spurs and José Mourinho’s Struggles Against Manchester United


​Tottenham slumped to a tepid 2-1 defeat against a razor-sharp Manchester United side at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday night as José Mourinho’s Spurs juggernaut came to a sudden halt.

Spurs have always struggled against United. There just seems to be a mental block there. Remember Sir Alex Ferguson’s quotes a number of year ago about them? “Lads, it’s Tottenham.”

Jose Mourinho,Giovani Lo Celso

Opta has revealed that the Lilywhites have lost more Premier League games against ​United than another side, with a total of 35 defeats. Definitely a bogey side.

Mourinho himself has also struggled when taking on his former club. The Portuguese manager has won none of his last five away games against the Red Devils, drawing two and losing three.  In those games, he faced four different managers: Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Despite United’s woes this season, they have discovered some sort of form when playing at Old Trafford. They are currently unbeaten in their last nine home games in all competitions, which dates back to a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace in August. 

As well as that, the Red Devils have lost none of their 138 games at Old Trafford in which they have scored the first goal of the game. Home comforts.

​Marcus Rashford and ​Dele Alli are two men in fine form right now and Gareth Southgate will be especially pleased to see that. The United attacker’s two goals on Wednesday night meant that he has now been involved in 11 goals in his last ten appearances for the club – scoring nine and assisting two.

Alli’s return to form can be attributed to Mourinho’s decision to play him closer to goal. The England international’s wonderful strike made it the third game in a row that he has scored in for Spurs. It’s the first time that he has done this since March 2017, when he scored in four consecutive games. 

Marcus Rashford

United will be hoping that they can bring this momentum into a massive Manchester derby on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, while ​Spurs will be hoping to bounce back at home to Burnley. The fight for the top four is well and truly on.

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