How the tables have turned! Spurs looked to the title when they hit United for six in October, but as they prepare to meet again, Mourinho is clinging to his job with Solskjaer who will sign a new deal.
- Tottenham embarrassed Man United by beating them 6-1 in October
- How things have changed as they prepare to compete again on Sunday
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was then at risk of being fired, but may now be getting a new deal
- It’s Jose Mourinho whose job is at stake after a very disappointing form
- Since that United victory, Spurs has lost nearly as many league games as Brighton
When Tottenham hit Manchester United on its own patch in October, Jose Mourinho claimed it was ‘history’ for the club.
Little did he know that six months later he would be in danger of becoming the same.
Had Spurs fans had it their way, Mourinho would have walked the shelf long ago. Meanwhile, he still clings to the helm and sends the ship a little further away from Europe every week, making his sea mates increasingly dissatisfied, almost to the point of mutiny.
Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure at Tottenham when it was all a smile for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Tottenham’s season has been mostly downhill since they beat United 6-1 in October
Even Daniel Levy, who has so much admiration for Mourinho and his achievements, has put such a strain on and tested his confidence in him that he is now considering living after The Special One, with Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers as possible replacements.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described that 6-1 battering against Tottenham as his ‘worst day ever’, and his job remained at stake for a month or so after that result, but he has since seen such a drastic turnaround that now is. talk about getting a new contract – £ 10 million a year to boot.
United appears to be comfortably qualifying for next season’s Champions League and is well positioned to win the Europa League this season.
Spurs made good use of their advantage when they rebelled after Anthony Martial’s red card
Solskjaer described it as his ‘worst day ever’, with defeat nearly costing him his job
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS OF SPURS ‘6-1 WINS
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 4; Wan-Bissaka 4, Bailly 2, Maguire 3, Shaw 2; Matic 5 (Fred 46.5), Pogba 2; Greenwood 5 (Van De Beek 68, 5), Fernandes 4 (McTominay 46, 5), Rashford 5; Martial 1
Subs not used: Henderson, Lindelof, Lingard, Mata
Booked: Bailly, Shaw
Goals: Fernandes (2)
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 4
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-3): Lloris 6; Reguilon 7, Animal 6, Sanchez 5, Aurier 8; Ndombele 7 (Dele 69, 5), Hojbjerg 7, Sissoko 7; Son 9 (Davies 73, 7), Lamela 6 (Luke 46, 7), Kane 9
Subs not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Doherty, Winks
Booked: The Apple
Goals: Ndombele (4), Son (8, 37), Kane (30, 79), Aurier (51)
Manager: Jose Mourinho 9
Tottenham would have been one of United’s more formidable rivals for that particular trophy had they not capsized themselves and embarrassedly lost a two goal lead against Dinamo Zagreb last month.
That humiliation in Croatia was the low point of Tottenham’s season so far, which had already seen quite a few depressing moments; such as the 1-1 draw with Fulham, the defeat at Brighton, the hammer blows of Liverpool and Man City and the throwaway lead with three goals against West Ham.
There has no doubt been a monumental shift in the outlook and fate of United and Tottenham since that afternoon at Old Trafford all those months ago.
In the 26 Premier League games that followed, Tottenham have claimed just 12 wins and 42 points. To further put their record in perspective, United have gained 15 extra points from their 27 games, while Brighton have lost just once more than Mourinho’s Spurs in the past six months.
It serves as damning evidence of a gruesome campaign for Tottenham, which had started much more promisingly than they looked.
Mourinho spoke amusingly about a title attack in October, so fast that they jumped out of the blocks. Now the Spurs seem to be almost as far from that as the HS2 has yet to be completed.
So when these two parties get back together this weekend, they will do so under very different circumstances.
United sees their chances, but a draw wouldn’t be a disaster, while Mourinho might only need three points to save his skin and Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the top six.
Morale in the Spurs’ locker room can barely sink to lower depths, but lose it and there may be no turning back for Mourinho.
It has been rumored that he has lost the dressing room, with some members of the squad feeling that the manager has thrown the players under the bus to protect himself from criticism.
Solskjaer has turned United’s season around and is on the verge of getting a new contract
Spurs’ season has gone from bad to worse and now threatens to miss Europe
This is what the Premier League table has been like since Spurs won at Old Trafford six months ago
Tottenham Hotspur have now lost 11 points from goals scored in the last 10 minutes this season – more than any other Premier League side – after a draw against Newcastle last week.
When asked why his side was so vulnerable late in games, when Mourinho was traditionally a coach whose teams have seen such small benefits, he replied, “The same coach, different players.”
Spurs players were also baffled by Mourinho’s claims defender Toby Alderweireld, who missed two days of training after being left out of the squad for the game in Newcastle – despite the club releasing footage showing him during sessions.
Things are now getting a little toxic at Tottenham and only seems to end one way, while Solskjaer is rosy in Manchester making plans for the future.
In the absence of the best plot twist since The Usual Suspects, it feels likely that the next time these two sides meet after Sunday’s game, Solskjaer will still be in charge of United, but it won’t be Mourinho in the opposite. dug-out sat.
Mourinho is in a battle to save his job and will likely be banned if they finish outside the top six