Manchester United Football Club arguably suffered their worst loss under Jose Mourinho on Wednesday night, when Tottenham Hotspur toyed with the Red Devils for the best part of their 2-0 victory.
Jose Mourinho’s men just didn’t look up to the task from minute one, and a couple of poor defensive errors summed things up for United.
Putting the result to one side, it’s easy to forget that the Spurs game was Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United Premier League debut, and although he put a shift in, nothing really came off for him. That didn’t stop the manager praising the former Arsenal man, though.
“He worked hard,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Peoples Person, “but again the transformation the game had, the game was not for him.”
“In the second half, I tried to give him a position where he could be closer to [Romelu] Lukaku but then he felt the need to drop too much to organise.
“But he gave everything, good effort and this is a good feeling for me to know that the player is available with that spirit.”
The main thing is that the effort is there. Sanchez is a top player and the end product will come sooner rather than later. It may take him some time to adapt to Mourinho’s tactics, don’t forget, he’s been an unhappy player for the last six months and it may take him some time to rediscover that hunger in his belly.
No doubt we’ll see the 29-year-old start against Huddersfield this Saturday and that’ll be a great chance to give the Old Trafford faithful something to celebrate on his home debut.