Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has urged his players to be more aggressive following a narrow defeat to Manchester United
The ‘Special One’ suffered his first failure as the Spurs manager against his former employers, as the Red Devils pulled off a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Dele Alli’s magic in the 39th minute was not enough to annul Marcus Rashford’s heroic display for the home team, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men leapfrog Tottenham in the table.
Atypically for Mourinho, his new side has conceded precisely two goals per match in all four competitive games with him in charge, and he is desperate to see his players show more aggressiveness and determination.
Tottenham concede 2+ goals in 4 successive games for first time since February-Mar 2015 under Mauricio Pochettino— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 4, 2019
Tottenham have kept the fewest clean sheets in @premierleague this season (1) pic.twitter.com/qrOWcwuYDx
“I cannot say that I learned anything special. I know that this team needs to be more aggressive,” he said after the match, according to TalkSPORT.
“We need to win more duels. We need to start the game with more intensity. We need to make the opponent feel what United made us feel.
“You need to make opponents feel that they are going to be in trouble and that we’re ready to go for it. And we didn’t.
“We were reactive and not proactive.
“In the second half, I was full of confidence that we were going to do a better performance like we were doing between minutes 30 and 45.
“But then that goal is not a nice goal to concede.”