JOSE MOURINHO suffered his first loss as Spurs manager on his return to Old Trafford.
The Tottenham defence has so far been miles off the Special One's high standards, and it's now rumoured he wants to sell every one of the backline - except Toby Alderweireld.
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JOSE MOURINHO is unconvinced by all of Tottenham's defenders, except Toby Alderweireld.
The Independent goes as far as to write that the Belgian is the only defender on the club's books that the Special One wants to keep.
That could put him on a collision course with Daniel Levy, but equally it is clear that some upgrades are needed with Jan Vertonghen out of contract this summer and Danny Rose following next year.
Most notably though, Mourinho has never been convinced by £42m buy Davinson Sanchez, to the point that he specifically targeted the Colombian in Man Utd's Europa League final against Ajax in 2017.
The Spurs boss has happily discussed the topic in coaching lectures in Portugal and interviews since, describing how he noticed Sanchez's weakness on the ball and forced him to play in areas where he was uncomfortable.
MANCHESTER UNITED are plotting a January swoop for Christian Eriksen despite him rejecting them over the summer, according to reports.
The Real Madrid target, 27, opted to play out his final season at Champions League Tottenham amid interest from Old Trafford.
But The Mirror claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will try to secure a cut-price deal in January to beat rival offers.
He will have to work fast as Eriksen can speak to foreign clubs about a free transfer from the start of the year as he enters the last six months of his deal.
THE only wonder is that this new film ever needed to be made… that a modern audience had to be reminded of the man’s greatness.
England’s finest goalscorer, an A-list TV celebrity, an incomparable raconteur, and a man who spoke fearlessly about the horrors of alcoholism decades before such subjects were widely discussed.
And yet Jimmy Greaves — whose extraordinary life is the subject of “Greavsie”, the latest in the acclaimed BT Sport Films series — remains somewhat under-appreciated.
He has never been recognised in any Honours list, is often remembered as the man who missed out on England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, rather than one of his nation’s all-time greats and is sometimes regarded as merely a knockabout figure of light- entertainment fun.
So Greaves needs and deserves such comprehensive documentary treatment, to shine light on his brilliance as a footballer and as a man.
Greaves turns 80 next year, his quality of life severely affected by a major stroke in 2015 which has left him struggling to walk or talk.
Tottenham — the club with whom he enjoyed his greatest success, but with whom he had endured a frosty relationship for years — have been unstinting in their help and support for their all-time leading scorer during his years of ill health.
But his landmark birthday is a good opportunity to be reminded of his true worth, with accounts from team-mates and football greats.
The pity is that Greaves was unable to give a contemporary interview for this film, because — while in good health — he was a wonderfully vivid storyteller and the warmest of men.
During countless hours of conversations as Jim’s ghostwriter for this and other newspapers, it was my privilege to hear many of football’s legends brought to life.
JOSE MOURINHO tore into former club Manchester United after suffering defeat on his return to Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford's double earned under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a huge victory over the man he replaced at the helm.
And as he tries to steady the ship at Spurs, Mourinho accused the Red Devils of milking injuries to see out the game.
The gutted Portuguese, 56, told beIN Sports: “We started bad, they started well.
“They scored the first goal, could have scored the second and for the first 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. For the last 15 minutes, the story was different.
“I thought the second half we'd be back to normality and normality was to have control of the game but when you concede a goal like we did it's difficult.
“They took a few steps back, started to block low and they were clever in the way they were getting fouls and pretending injuries and controlling and then still dangerous on the counterattack.
“We were punished by our mistake for the second goal. The reason I want to say clearly they deserved to win the game was because in the first 30 minutes of the game they were much better than us.
“It was not just today, if you look to our previous matches it was the same. Against Olympiacos we didn't start well, against Bournemouth it took time, rather than being proactive we are a little bit more reactive.”