First Spurs loss for Mourinho
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester United handed former manager Jose Mourinho his first loss in charge of Tottenham Hotspur as Marcus Rashford scored twice in a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the English Premier League (EPL) yesterday.
Fired by United 12 months ago, Mourinho was given a generous reception by the club’s fans as he walked along the touchline to the dugout before kick-off even though he was plotting to defeat his former team and collect a fourth win in two weeks at Tottenham.
Rashford ensured that did not happen, opening the scoring in the sixth minute when he picked up a loose ball on the left, cut inside, and drilled a low shot inside the near post to beat goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Dele Alli maintained his strong scoring form since Mourinho’s arrival by equalising with a superb individual goal in the 39th, bringing down a dropping ball with a deft touch and poking a finish into the corner.
Rashford was the standout player all match and he grabbed the winner from the penalty spot after being fouled by Moussa Sissoko following a foraging run down the left into the box.
The win lifted United above Tottenham into sixth place in the standings and should ease some of the pressure on Mourinho’s replacement, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after the team’s disappointing recent draws against Sheffield United and Aston Villa.
Mourinho had started his Spurs tenure with league wins over West Ham and Bournemouth, and a UEFA Champions League victory against Olympiakos.
Yesterday’s EPL results:
Chelsea 2-1 Villa
L’ster 2-0 Watford
Man United 2-1 Spurs
S’ton 2-1 Norwich
Wolves 2-0 West Ham
Liverpool 5-2 Everton
Sheff Utd vs Newcastle 2:30 p.m.
Arsenal vs Brighton 3:15 p.m.