"He was always, for me, going to be hard to replace, no matter how they tried to restructure it".
"To the fans who came out, we're sorry". Their defence is failing after three Premier League games, following a season in which the Red Devils conceded 28 goals in 38 games, behind only Manchester City on 27.
Ex-United captain Michael Carrick has moved onto the coaching team and is now sat next to Mourinho on the United bench.
The match was also Spurs's biggest top-flight win at Old Trafford since a 4-1 victory in 1972.
Or was Mourinho just deflecting from the fact that he lacks any answer to the most obvious question facing him - how to sort out a defence that has leaked six goals in two games and was opened up easily by Spurs after the break?
Mourinho, 55, has come under fire in recent weeks, not only for his team's mediocre start to the season - including a 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on August 19 - but also for a number of reported fallouts with the club hierarchy and key players. "We need to come out fighting". "Today the players left the pitch after losing at home and they were applauded because they deserved it, so we keep trying, trying, trying", Mourinho said.More news: Shooting at Jacksonville video game tournament, 3 dead including
Before last night's match there was speculation as to whether Pochettino would select Hugo Lloris after the goalkeeper's arrest for drink driving in the early hours of Friday morning.
And Coyle, who was speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, says the absence of Faria could have made a big negative impact. He is punishing himself.
"From a strategic point of view, we didn't lose", Mourinho said of the performance. If Jose can get the best out of Paul this season, that will be a huge plus for United and a step in the right direction of winning the title.
"Just to finish, do you know that-what was the result?" So it was alarming when he said after the loss to Tottenham: "I don't know my best back four".
"Everyone in the dressing room is really sad, especially after the first half we had and especially a big thank you to the fans for the way they supported us, even when we were down 3-0, was unbelievable". There appears to be confusion surrounding United's approach and it might not be helping two of its star players.