Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham. By Simon Williams at Old Trafford
JOSE MOURINHO has told doubters to “relax” following his side’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The Portuguese had faced criticism in recent weeks after a 0-0 draw against Liverpool and shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Huddersfield Town, which was a real low point of the season.
But the Red Devils got back to winning ways at the weekend by beating Spurs at Old Trafford thanks to a late strike from substitute Anthony Martial.
At the final whistle Mourinho looked at a television camera and put his finger to his lips.
“Enjoy football. People speak all the time trying to anticipate scenarios. Just relax — enjoy football,” said the United manager.
There was also criticism directed towards the United manager from the Old Trafford faithful during Saturday’s game when he opted to replace Marcus Rashford with Martial on 70 minutes.
But it was a decision that eventually proved to be the game-changer after the Frenchman netted the winner with nine minutes remaining, latching onto a flicked header from Romelu Lukaku before slotting the ball past Hugo Lloris.
The fans “pay for the ticket so they can do what they want,” said Mourinho.
“They can boo a player that doesn’t deserved to be booed because the game isn’t going well for him — they can boo.
“They can boo the manager. They can do what they want, that is no problem for me.”
United now switch their attentions to Champions League football, with them hosting Benfica at Old Trafford tomorrow night.
But Mourinho doesn’t expect to have Paul Pogba available for the game as the midfielder continues to recover from injury.
The club’s record signing has been out of action since mid-September after suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League win over Basel.
“Honestly, I have no idea [when he will be back],” said Mourinho. “I’m not in control of his recovery process because he is not training with me, he’s is doing individual work and not in my group. But we have won every match expect two [without Pogba] — not bad.”