Jose Mourinho: It's unfair to compare us with past Manchester United sides

Jose Mourinho: It's unfair to compare us with past Manchester United sides

Highlights from Manchester Utd's 2-2 draw with Southampton in the Premier League.

"Poor link-up play from [Romelu] Lukaku, [Paul] Pogba in his own third trying flicks and tricks - we've seen this too often, could have been punished, it's not acceptable".

Mourinho claims the balance of power has shifted in the Premier League - using the example of Tottenham, who spent no money on players during the last transfer window, but also managed to keep their key names, in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min.

"I thought we were a lot better in the second half and we restricted United to very few opportunities".

"I know that we have to do better than what we are doing, absolutely, we have to do better, but one thing is to do better and another is to compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past because it is impossible".

"Is Manchester United by its history, by its dimension, bigger than Tottenham?" Tottenham is an wonderful club but I think everybody would say yes. You don't respect players and supporters.

In June 2006, Sir Alex Ferguson went to Tottenham to buy a replacement for Roy Keane, paying £18m for Michael Carrick, a member of Sven Goran Eriksson's England World Cup squad. Dele Alli? Eriksen? Son? No. I need to sell'.

United now lie 16 points off Manchester City after just 14 games and it certainly looks like they'll face a real fight to even finish in the top four this year. So who is more powerful now?

He said: "You have no chance in the market unless you go to insane numbers".

United conceded their 22nd and 23rd goals of the season inside the first 20 minutes before levelling it up before half-time but Mourinho refused to blame the system or his makeshift defenders for another slow start.

That policy "takes time", according to Mourinho, who feels United are a long way off being able to implement it.

"Alright bad defending but you've still got to commit players and again a terrific ball across".

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