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UK media: Mourinho the target man

Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jose Mourinho is a target man and being the manager of Manchester United, the bullseye seemingly becomes huge.

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Starting the Premier League season with two defeats from three games does not make life any easier for the Portuguese-born mentor.

Tottenham Hotspur's 3-0 victory at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams, only deepens the wound that Brighton cut open at the Amex Stadium last weekend with their convincing 3-2 win.

The difference between the two encounters is that the Red Devils played much better on Monday night in front of their home fans.

But a loss is a loss and the media, especially the UK press, can turn things from bad to worse with a single headline.

Talking to reporters, Mourinho accused the press of trying to twist their facts about the game and turn a good performance into a bad one.

"When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy that I won matches and you say the most important thing is the way of playing," said the manager.

"I need to know from you (reporter) what is the most important thing if it is is to play well or win matches? If it is to play offensively or for a certain result."

After going back and forth with the journalists, Mourinho was clearly losing his patience and proceeded to go on an angry rant about his management record as he got up and left the room.

Holding up three fingers he asked: "Do you know what was the result? 3-0. Do you know what this means? 3-0 but also means three Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them two. So respect man, respect, respect, respect."

The 55-year-old certainly does not make life any easier on himself with his reactions to probing questions from journalists.

"It is beyond argument that Mourinho is in a tough place right now. He knows the pressure is on. What has eaten away at him, and continues to do so, is that his record fails to insulate him from the kind of criticism he thinks others - who have not achieved anything like as much as him - seem to escape," BBC reporter, Simon Stone wrote, following Mourinho's rant.

'Raging Manchester United fans DEMAND club sack Jose Mourinho' is the headline of the UK Express as the publication goes into detail about United fans from around the world wanting the club to get rid of Mourinho. 

ESPN's Mark Ogden digs deep into how the manager is stuck in the past and will eventually be his downfall if he does not change his way of playing football, dealing with the media and the fans.

"Winners don't want hard luck stories, but that is increasingly what Mourinho is trotting out. He needs to find a way to get himself and his team out of their downward spiral, but talking about the past isn't the way do it."

So should Mourinho change his way of dealing with the media or should United cut ties with their fourth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013?

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