Worrying signs for Man United as Mourinho loses cool

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Mourinho has overseen back-to-back losses to Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur and United are already six points off the pace at the top of the Premier League.

Perhaps the performance for the media was meant to show his defiance in the face of two defeats from the opening three games of the season.

And yet, despite all of that, United lost 3-0.

"Jose Mourinho has been the most successful manager along with Pep Guardiola in the last 20 years in football and he is going through a hard moment now over the last couple of seasons with Manchester United".

Mourinho then left his seat repeating "respect, respect, respect" as he walked out.

Manchester United's players and staff believe Jose Mourinho could be sacked if he loses again at Burnley on Sunday. "Yes, it means 3-0, but it also means three Premier Leagues - and I won more Premier Leagues alone than the other 19 managers put together". We'll be better next week.

"We have a really good group and yeah of course we'll reflect on our day off (on Tuesday) and we'll come back in on Wednesday".

Mourinho chose to focus on the first-half display afterwards, bizarrely claiming that from "a tactical point of view, we didn't lose".

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In such strained times, Mourinho might also be missing Rui Faria, who left United at the end of last season after spending 17 years as Mourinho's No. 2. "Three for me and two for them", he said. "What I want is one thing but what will happen is another thing completely".

Mourinho has denied there is a rift with United chief executive Ed Woodward about the lack of transfer activity but there is no straight answer from either party about why the club failed to bring in a new central defender.

Following that defeat to Sevilla, Mourinho went on his now infamous 12-minute "football heritage" rant and his bad mood from last season has seemingly carried over into the new campaign.

Sanchez, who didn't even start against Tottenham, played with freedom at Arsenal but seems to be restricted at United, where he is tasked with more defensive duties.

Here are five key takeaways we learned from the defeat.

United legend Wayne Rooney, who played under Mourinho when he won the Europa League and League Cup in 2017, recently came to his former manager's defense.

Mourinho has not lost the dressing room but morale has suffered in recent months and it was noted that only eight players were on the team coach from Carrington to the Lowry Hotel for the Spurs game.