Jose bites back – but odds keep falling

Jose Mourinho came out fighting after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.

United have now lost two of their opening three games for the first time since 1992, although that season they went on to win the title.

The defeat was Mourinho’s largest ever home loss as a manager, but the Portuguese was refusing to be defeatist and indeed came out fighting.

“I have won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together,” Mourinho said.

“Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect man.

“You want to make the miracle of my team played so well and strategically we were so, so, so, so, so, so good and you want to try and transform this press conference into let’s blame the guy.

“When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy that I win matches and you say the most important is the way of playing.”

Despite Mourinho’s clear resistance, Bookmakers have again cut his odds on being the first Premier League managerial causality of the season – and Betway now make him odds-on at 10/11.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “Last weekend’s defeat at Brighton saw the pressure heaped on Jose Mourinho, with the Manchester United manager backed into 3/1 to be the first to leave his post this season.

“As Tottenham’s third goal went in last night, he was backed into 6/4, but we’ve seen very solid support since and he’s now odds-on at 10/11.

“The Red Devils face a potentially tricky trip to Burnley next and any further dropped points will really pile the pressure on the Special One.”

They also believe that Mourinho is more likely to leave than his boss – chief executive Ed Woodward.

Alger added: “Some Manchester United fans aren’t happy with the manager while others are pointing the finger at the director’s box and the odds on who’ll leave their post first are actually quite tight.

“Mourinho is obviously in a more fragile position than Ed Woodward and is priced at 4/7 to leave first, though the club’s chief executive may decide to walk and leave The Special One to it at 5/4.”

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