Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has demanded more respect for the Premier League titles he has won in his managerial career.
The Portuguese endured a spiky press conference after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham, his heaviest home loss in management, and the worst start for United since 1992.
However, Mourinho – who won three titles in two spells with Chelsea – was in combative mood when challenged about the criticism coming his way both in the media and from fans.
“We lost a game because we conceded a goal from the first corner of the match against us,” he said.
“In the first half zero corners, zero free-kicks, on minute 50-something they had one corner and scored a goal, and you want, with that goal, you want to transform the story of the game. But don’t lose your time. Today I had the proof the best judge in football are the supporters.”
The Portuguese then went on the offensive, suggesting those in the media questioning him were orchestrating a campaign.
“Keep trying. Keep trying. Keep trying. We lost last season here against Sevilla and were booed because we deserved it because we were not good,” he said.
“Today the players left the pitch after losing at home, and they were applauded because they deserved it.
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“So keep trying. Do you know what the result was? Three-nil. Do you know what this means (holding up three fingers)?
“Three-nil but it also means three Premier Leagues, and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them.”
Mourinho then left his seat repeating “respect, respect, respect” as he walked out of the press conference.