"I said that it would be a disappointment if we lost the match.
Reds fans have been quick to goad Mourinho and United for their failure to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League - a feat Jurgen Klopp's men managed with a 5-0 aggregate score against Portugal giants Porto. "Well, you know, some tears were flowing with some players, some players were hiding", he said.
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Asked what has to change now to get United into the top-eight teams in Europe, Mourinho retorted: "Everything".
It felt there was anxiety in the air from the start of the 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which began - somewhat fittingly - with a long ball lumped up toward Marouane Fellaini. He said United looked like a team full of "strangers".
Manchester United, however, keep investing in their squad and - without a shadow of a doubt - have players who can play good attacking football. "We didn't deserve it because we weren't good enough". But a fantastic team like Tottenham has exactly the same target as us to do that.
United need to bounce back quickly as they play Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday - and that's even more important now it's the only competition they have a realistic chance of winning in.