Gareth Bale's introduction from the bench was not a distraction for Tottenham in their shock collapse at home to West Ham, insists boss Jose Mourinho.

Spurs were cruising to three points in Sunday's Premier League encounter, with Son Heung-min's strike and Harry Kane's double opening up a 3-0 lead after 16 minutes.

But Fabian Balbuena struck and Davinson Sanchez's put through his own net before Manuel Lanzini's injury-time thunderbolt sealed a memorable turnaround from the Hammers.

Bale rejoined Spurs on loan from Real Madrid last month and was brought on as a 72nd-minute substitute, missing a golden opportunity when Spurs led 3-2.

However, Mourinho did not believe Bale entering the fray had any negative effect on his side.

"I don't think so, I honestly don't think so. The decision not to start him was I think a good decision," Mourinho said. 

"A decision to show that he doesn't have a beautiful chair waiting for him in the team and he sits there the first time he can. It was a message to the team that in this team everybody has to fight for positions.

"He's very well accepted in the group. Everyone likes him, and I believe he also likes what he found here. So everything is positive and the focus was not on him. The focus was on the game and he was on the bench for 65 minutes or so and I don't think so, I don't think at all.

"It's a pity that he couldn't score that fourth goal which was a beauty and would have killed the game. But that's football." 

Back in July, Mourinho said Spurs lacked mental strength following a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

The Portuguese did not want to blame similar reasons on this occasion, citing the fact Spurs have made several additions to their team since then.

"I don't want to go there. We have new players. We played much better than last season. I can say the same about West Ham," he added.

"West Ham is a much better team than it was when [David] Moyes arrived. The team is in evolution, we play much better, we know how we want to play. 

"Defensively the team is much better than before, that's why I was saying before to look to our goals, the goals that we concede. It was only Danny Ings. After that, penalty Newcastle, penalty Man United, another penalty with Southampton.

"Today two free-kicks and an own goal. Defensively we're much stronger but in the last part of the game this happened and it's difficult to explain."

David Moyes joked he was not going to "slide down the touchline" in the manner of rival boss Jose Mourinho after his West Ham team came back to draw 3-3 with Tottenham.

An ecstatic Moyes ran onto the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday after Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike four minutes into stoppage time capped a comeback for the ages.

West Ham trailed 3-0 in the 81st minute, yet Fabian Balbuena's header and an own goal from Davinson Sanchez set the stage for Lanzini to rescue a point.

It made West Ham the first team in Premier League history to have avoided defeat when 3-0 down with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Mourinho has famously sprinted along the touchline to celebrate key moments in his managerial career, while he also performed a knee slide when his Real Madrid team beat Manchester City in the Champions League group stages thanks to a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner.

While Moyes' celebrations will no doubt prove slightly less memorable, the Scot joked he did not wish to repeat what had already been done.

"I wasn't going to slide down the touchline on my knees," Moyes said, chuckling, in an interview with Sky Sports. "Because that's been done before."

West Ham were 3-0 down by the 16th minute on Sunday, with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane putting Spurs in complete control.

Yet Moyes insisted there was no need for West Ham to change their tactics, as he believed they had put in a strong performance which was not reflected by the scoreline.

"The half-time team talk was actually difficult, because we were 3-0 down but I thought we'd played really well, except for the opening five or 10 minutes," he said.

"The toughest decision was not to make any decision, because it's always quite easy for a manager to feel like that you have to make choices and change things.

"I didn't think we had to. I thought we were playing well enough. We'd given away three goals, which I couldn't believe actually. These things happen, that's the way football has been a little bit at the moment.

"As a manager, it's very difficult to use the word "proud" very often, but I've got to say tonight is a proud moment to be manager of the team, because of how well we played, how well they kept at it. They never gave in.

"From 3-0 down against Tottenham, it's a big result. A local derby as well, so hopefully the supporters will enjoy it."

Jose Mourinho struggled to explain the loss of a three-goal lead that saw Tottenham held to a draw by West Ham on Sunday as he simply declared: "Football happened". 

Spurs raced into their earliest three-goal lead since Derby County were put to the sword inside 14 minutes in August 2007, Son Heung-min opening the scoring and Harry Kane netting twice with just 16 minutes gone in north London. 

And the hosts held onto that advantage up until the 82nd minute, when Fabian Balbuena headed in a set-piece to kickstart the most unlikely of comebacks from David Moyes' men. 

It was quickly followed by a Davinson Sanchez own goal before Manuel Lanzini netted in stunning fashion in the fourth and final minute of injury time to level things up. 

Lanzini's goal ensured West Ham became the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by three or more goals as late as the 81st minute. 

Asked in his post-match interview with Sky Sports to explain what had transpired, Mourinho replied: "Football  

"Of course, I have to analyse the second half and I have to do it internally, but for you I prefer just to say that football happened, and I prefer to praise West Ham's belief.  

"It is not easy to be losing 3-0 and to be dominated, let's say, because we had the game under control. It's not easy to keep the belief.  

"I knew they were completely different team this season than they were last season, so I give them credit.  

"But, of course, to concede three goals – and to lose an advantage of three goals – is a big punishment and, eventually, deserved." 

Tottenham had exercised complete control over their London rivals in the first half but Mourinho revealed that he warned his players that the game was far from over at the break.

The Portuguese highlighted Tomas Soucek, who he termed the "new Fellaini" in tribute to his former Manchester United charge Marouane, as a particular threat for the Hammers.

He added: "I told them to keep the same and be aware of a lot of set-pieces that we had against us, corners and lateral free-kicks where we knew they were very strong. They are a team with huge guys and very powerful in the air.

"David found in Soucek his new Fellaini, he has lots of aerial power. In the end they were lucky, but they fought very hard to be lucky. In the end, I praise them.

"This was a game that was in the pocket and we lost two points."

Gareth Bale made his first appearance for Spurs in seven years and 152 days when he came off the bench late on.

But the Welshman's failure to take a golden opportunity for a fourth, decisive goal and a further near miss from Kane were cited as key moments by Mourinho.

"We had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, we had Gareth to kill the game with his action also," Mourinho said. 

"The game was more with the space they were giving us, more to the fourth goal than anything. But that is football and we were punished.

"With [substitute Harry] Winks, the team found balance again, they were in control of the game again having lost it a little bit early in the second half. It was exactly when we were in control that we conceded the first goal, then after that, their belief went up and probably my guys were not strong enough to cope with it psychologically.

"The clock was ticking – we knew that – and in the last few seconds we lost two points."

Gareth Bale could make his first appearance since rejoining Tottenham after he was named on the bench for the Premier League fixture with West Ham.

The Welshman returned to his former club on loan from Real Madrid in late September but was unable to play immediately due to a knee injury.

Spurs always said the target was for Bale to feature after the international games in October, and that is set to be the case as they resume domestic duties following the break.

Jose Mourinho has included Bale among the substitutes for Sunday's game, along with another new recruit in Carlos Vinicius.

Bale scored 55 goals in 203 matches for Spurs during his first stint. He was twice named PFA Player of the Year, the second time coming after a 2012-13 campaign that saw him register 26 goals in 44 matches in all competitions.

The 31-year-old moved to Madrid and managed over a century of goals during his spell in Spain, helping the LaLiga club win the Champions League on four occasions.

However, he became a peripheral figure under Zinedine Zidane during their title-winning campaign in 2019-20, making just 20 appearances in all competitions.

Tottenham have lost just three of their last 27 home London derbies in the Premier League, while Mourinho has never suffered defeat in 12 previous meetings with Hammers boss David Moyes.

Tottenham have completed the signing of Joe Rodon from Swansea City for a reported fee that could total £15million. 

The Wales international defender has signed a five-year contract with Jose Mourinho's side. 

Swansea have brought in Ryan Bennett from Wolves on a three-year deal as Rodon's replacement. 

Rodon, who had previously been linked with West Ham, has played 52 Championship games for Swansea since breaking into the first team during the 2018-19 season. 

He is Mourinho's eighth signing of a busy transfer window for Spurs, who face West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

As well as making Giovani Lo Celso's move from Real Betis permanent, Spurs have also signed Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Carlos Vinicius, Joe Hart and Gareth Bale. 

Rodon's signing takes their reported transfer spend to a little under £100m, less than seven months on from their initial decision to impose a 20 per cent pay cut on 550 staff members due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Following criticism, Spurs announced in April that all staff, including those placed on furlough, would receive 100 per cent of their pay for April and May and that the board would instead take salary reductions. 

Meanwhile, Spurs defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has moved to Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the 2020-21 season.

England manager Gareth Southgate was left confused by stories claiming he was on a collision course with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho regarding the fitness of Harry Kane.

Before the international break, Mourinho urged Southgate to use Kane sparingly across England's triple-header.

Spurs had endured a particularly gruelling schedule prior to Kane joining up with England, and the striker missed the friendly win over Wales due to a thigh issue.

But he featured for the final 24 minutes of Sunday's win over Belgium and Southgate indicated on Monday that the Tottenham talisman will start against Denmark this Wednesday.

A host of British media outlets subsequently suggested Southgate would incur the wrath of Mourinho with such a decision.

But Southgate is baffled by such thoughts, adamant that at no point has Kane been suffering from an injury, rather he was struggling with muscle fatigue.

"I don't really understand the story," Southgate told reporters. "He's been fully fit since the end of last week.

"He would've started the last game but didn't have enough training time. He's fit, available. I didn't really understand the stories that have been run.

"That's certainly not the conversation we've been having with Spurs medically, and not the conversation we've been having in camp.

"He hasn't had an injury. He was feeling muscle soreness, which often can happen, but no injury at any point.

"We don't risk players, we've never risked a player. Injuries during matches are unavoidable. We pride ourselves on looking after the players. We want them fit, as sharp as possible."

Kane is expected to be in Premier League action again with Spurs on Sunday as West Ham visit.

With three goals and six assists, Kane has more goal involvements than anyone else in the Premier League this term, two ahead of team-mate Son Heung-min.

Similarly, only Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah (both 14), Son (13) and James Rodriguez (12) have created more chances than Kane (11) in 2020-21, with the England striker beginning the campaign in electrifying form.

Gareth Southgate is hopeful star forward Harry Kane will be fit to start for England when they meet Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho called on Southgate not to use Kane in all three of England's fixtures during the international break, with Tottenham having had a congested start to the 2020-21 campaign.

Kane scored twice as Spurs dismantled Manchester United 6-1 in the Premier League on October 4, before reporting for England duty later that day.

However, the 27-year-old had a scan on a thigh issue and was not involved in a friendly match against Wales on Thursday, and started on the bench against Belgium on Sunday before replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 66th minute.

Despite Mourinho's concerns, though, England boss Southgate is confident his captain will be able to start against the Danes on Wednesday.

"Well, medically, there's been conversations, because that would always be the case," Southgate told reporters when asked if England had been in contact with Spurs.

"He reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days' recovery.

"He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.

"He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn't suitable to start the game.

"I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday."

It is not difficult to understand Mourinho's concerns, given Spurs' reliance on their star forward.

Kane made 29 league appearances last season, missing nine matches in the top flight.

Of the games he missed, Tottenham won just three, scoring 12 goals in total, compared to 49 goals and 13 victories with Kane in the side, while he already has three top-flight goals and six assists to his name this term.

Spurs' next Premier League outing comes on Sunday, with Mourinho's men hosting London rivals West Ham.

Moussa Sissoko has hailed Serge Aurier's response to facing competition from new Tottenham signing Matt Doherty.

The midfielder believes Spurs' strength in depth will motivate players to be at their best, pointing to Aurier as a prime example.

With Doherty having been signed from Wolves for a reported £14.7million, Aurier will have to fight for his spot at right-back.

Aurier produced an excellent display in the 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United last time out, with the Ivory Coast international marking his first start of the season with a goal and an assist.

"That's Serge's character and if you want to have the best of someone, you need to put a bit of pressure on him, and that's what we have now, a strong squad," Sissoko told the club's official website.

"You can see in every position, two, three or four players. You have to give 100 per cent in every training session, in every game and that's also good because if someone is tired, someone else can play and it won't affect the team.

"This will help everyone as a player, as a team, as a squad. It will be good for everyone.

"Let's keep going, let's try to improve, we know we can, and hopefully we'll be happy at the end of the season."

Jose Mourinho's side are unbeaten in all competitions since suffering an opening-day loss to Everton, with West Ham up next on home soil.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD: AURIER v DOHERTY (2019-20 Premier league season)

Appearances: Aurier 33-36 Doherty

Goals: Aurier 1-4 Doherty

Assists: Aurier 5-3 Doherty

Pass accuracy percentage: Aurier 79-75 Doherty

Dribble success percentage: Aurier 55-51 Doherty

Tackle success percentage: Aurier 74-54 Doherty

Blocks: Aurier 6-4 Doherty

Interceptions: Aurier 47-40 Doherty

Clean sheets: Aurier 6-12 Doherty

Errors leading to goals: Aurier 1-0 Doherty

Jose Mourinho does not believe Tottenham's 6-1 demolition of Manchester United will "destroy" Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his squad.

The 10-man Red Devils were utterly humiliated by Spurs in Sunday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Despite going behind to a second-minute Bruno Fernandes penalty, Spurs quickly turned the match on its head through Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-min before Anthony Martial was sent off for raising a hand to the throat of Eric Lamela.

A further goal from Son, two from Harry Kane and one from Serge Aurier completed the rout as United suffered their joint-heaviest Premier League defeat at home, having lost 6-1 to Manchester City back in 2011.

United's abject defending in the first three games of this Premier League season has seen them concede 11 goals. The only other time they let in at least 10 over the same period at the start of a season was in 1930-31, when they were relegated.

The humbling nature of the defeat will doubtless cast further doubt over Solskjaer's credentials as the manager to restore United to the summit of English football, but Mourinho, the man he replaced in the dugout in 2018, insists he deserves credit for an obvious overall improvement in the team's fortunes.

"I have sympathy for Ole because of the result," he told reporters. "I don't remember that I lost by six but I lost by five, I lost by four. I know how we hurt.

"I know it's very, very important that the winning manager behaves in a way where he shows sympathy. Of course, I want to win, and of course, I want to win by seven, not by six. Don't get me wrong.

"But it's sympathy in our behaviour. Today was him, tomorrow is me. Of course, I feel sympathy for him. I can imagine that tonight he's not going to sleep very, very well. But this is the hard life of us.

"But when I look to his team, there was an evolution. It's not like he arrives here and the team doesn't improve. The team is improving, they have good players, he bought lots of young players. Very good players. If it's true that [Edinson] Cavani is coming, Cavani is one of the top strikers in the world. Manchester United is Manchester United. It's not a defeat that is going to destroy them. I can imagine they will react like Manchester United always react.

"So, I feel sympathy for the result, but apart from that no sympathy because he has an incredible job and it feels like the players like him, they are with him. They are going to react for sure."

Solskjaer was incensed by Lamela's behaviour, the Spurs winger having flung an arm at Martial and then dropped to the ground under minimal contact as the Frenchman retaliated.

Mourinho, though, suggested United were fortunate not to see further red cards, with Paul Pogba having put in one or two heavy challenges and Luke Shaw having scythed down Lucas Moura as he ran towards David de Gea's penalty area.

"I didn't watch [Lamela's reaction]," he said. "For sure, for sure, for sure, Manchester United could have ended the match with eight players. I can say because some of the reactions were not far from me and easy to see. But I agree with [referee] Anthony Taylor for not showing more red cards to them because it would be a disastrous situation for them.

"So, for example, that Luke Shaw red card... okay, that's a bit... the situation between Lamela, Pogba and Martial, I don't know. I don't know. What I know is that before that we were winning, we were dominating, we were ultra-confident. And that's the only thing that made the game easier. But the game was in our hands."

Jose Mourinho took pride in Tottenham's "historical victory" at Manchester United and said the Red Devils had no "solutions to control us" in a 6-1 rout at Old Trafford.

United shambled their way to their joint-worst home Premier League defeat despite taking a 1-0 lead with a second-minute Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min each scored twice, while Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier were also on target against United, who had Anthony Martial sent off at 2-1.

It meant a very happy return for former United boss Mourinho and the Portuguese was effusive in his praise of his rampant side.

"Manchester United doesn't lose many matches, to lose by six is of course not every day," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"[It's a] historical victory but in the end [it's] three points and three very important points because we lost five points at home.

"We prepared ourselves very well tactically and also psychologically, the team was ready. So ready that a penalty in the first minute and going 1-0 down did not affect the team at all.

"Some people can say you play against 10 men for a long time which is true but for me it is also true that 11 v 11 we were playing extremely well, we were creating huge problems, we were winning 2-1 and they could not find solutions to control us."

Martial's sending off was not without controversy, with the Frenchman dismissed for raising a hand to Erik Lamela in an apparent retaliation to receiving an elbow from the Spurs winger.

But Mourinho suggested United are not in a position to complain about the outcome.

"I didn't watch it. Maybe later I will. If someone can cry about the VAR decisions it is Tottenham and if someone cannot cry about VAR it is Manchester United for sure," he added. 

"I don't know, the only thing I know is we played extremely well. I told my players that a good result here would be to win and we did that."

Dele Alli made his first Premier League appearance since the opening-day defeat to Everton, coming off the bench in the second half having only played a couple of Europa League qualifiers since the loss to the Toffees.

The England midfielder had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain but Mourinho insists Alli has always been part of his plans.

"He has never stopped showing, I always said that I never had a problem with him. Very polite, very educated, always behaving well. He is training well, sometimes I want different things from him on the pitch," Mourinho said. 

"That is more about his qualities as a player than other things. He is a fantastic player as everyone knows."

Jose Mourinho insisted he won everything he possibly could at Manchester United as the Tottenham head coach prepares to face his former club.

Mourinho and Tottenham will travel to Old Trafford to meet United in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Portuguese boss spent two and a half seasons in charge of United before he was sacked in December 2018 and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Mourinho, who was appointed by Spurs in November last year, did not deliver Premier League glory following a runners-up finish in 2017-18 but won the Europa League (2016-17), EFL Cup (2016-17) and Community Shield (2016) during his time in Manchester.

"The fans, they know that I gave everything that I could," Mourinho told reporters as he previewed his upcoming reunion with United.

"I won what was possible to win, I didn't win what was not possible to win. I gave everything, I gave my life to the club and my professionalism, like I always do.

"Internally, lots of friends for life, lots of amazing people that I met in the club.

"I only have good feelings, feelings that I will have to forget in 90 minutes because for 90 minutes, they want to win, I want to win, that's football."

Mourinho has already come up against United twice as Tottenham coach, beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford in December, while Spurs and the Red Devils drew 1-1 in London in June.

Tottenham – who qualified for the Europa League group stage on Thursday – are eighth in the Premier League with four points from three games, while United are a point behind in 14th position.

Spurs have been drawn with Ludogorets, LASK and Royal Antwerp in Europa League Group J.

Frank Lampard has vowed there will no repeat of his touchline row with Jose Mourinho when he comes up against his former England boss Roy Hodgson.

Chelsea manager Lampard will pitch his side against Hodgson's Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.

That follows four days on from Chelsea's EFL Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at Tottenham, where Lampard and Mourinho appeared to briefly fall out.

To see the pair rowing was a surprise, given Lampard enjoyed great success under Mourinho as a player with Chelsea, and both men later played down their dispute, insisting their long-standing friendship remained unaffected.

Lampard is certain he and Hodgson will keep it civil at Stamford Bridge, describing his 73-year-old rival as "a straight-down-the-line manager, person and coach".

"His career is beyond exceptional. I have so much respect for him and the way he carries himself. There won't be any touchline spat between me and Roy," Lampard said.

Mourinho claimed after the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium game that he was offering Lampard advice when the situation appeared to become heated, describing his comments as "just an opinion of an old coach to a young talented coach".

But the suggestion Mourinho was merely offering words of wisdom came as a surprise to his former midfield star.

Lampard said on Friday: "I don't think remarks on the touchline during a game can be called advice. I think he can say that after. I would always be happy to take advice from fellow managers, outside football. I think it moulds you. But I don't think the Jose incident was ever advice."

Lampard needs to keep all his focus for events on the pitch, given Chelsea's rocky start to the season.

An opening win at Brighton and Hove Albion was followed by a defeat to champions Liverpool and a 3-3 draw at West Brom last weekend, when Chelsea had to battle back from 3-0 behind.

The midweek cup exit extinguished Chelsea's trophy hopes in that competition and Lampard hopes to see his players find some consistency, starting with a win over Palace and building from there.

He said: "We want to find that feeling of winning and winning, which we're capable of. We've got new signings getting more fit and settled. I'm not concerned. We'll attack with confidence and a real desire to win."

Hakim Ziyech, recruited from Ajax, remains on the sidelines due to a knee injury, but Christian Pulisic is set to be on the bench against Palace after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Lampard is looking forward to the prospect of being able to field Pulisic with new signings Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

"I think they all will bring out the best in each other," said the Chelsea manager.

Jose Mourinho has scoffed at the idea of football's controversial handball rule being changed to allow referees to take a subjective view of incidents.

Tottenham boss Mourinho was furious when Newcastle United were awarded a stoppage-time penalty against his team last Sunday, with Eric Dier having his back turned when Andy Carroll's header struck him on the arm.

Referee Peter Bankes gave the spot-kick following a VAR check and after consulting a pitchside monitor, with Dier the latest player to suffer under the handball rule amendments introduced to the Premier League this season. Newcastle capitalised to snatch a 1-1 draw.

The rules now dictate that players will be penalised when defending if the ball strikes them on a hand or arm that is away from the body or raised. If the ball hits a player below the bottom of the armpit in such circumstances, then the updated rules say that is a handball offence, regardless of intent.

Premier League clubs are said to have banded together to ask the organisation that supplies referees - Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) - to look again at how it interprets handball decisions, reportedly suggesting they are encouraged to take a more subjective view.

But Mourinho has frowned at that and would seemingly rather have a cast-iron rule, saying: "I don't like subjectivity in football because subjectivity normally goes to a certain side.

"To be honest, the emails that were sent making comments about the previous penalties and the possible subjectivity coming, I didn't read them and I'm not interested in reading about them. I prefer not to."

Mourinho, whose Spurs team visit his former club Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, dismissed the idea he would be heading back to Old Trafford looking for revenge for his December 2018 sacking.

"What's that - revenge in football?" he said. "I won so many times at Old Trafford as a Man United coach and as an opponent coach.

"Revenge for what? Nobody treated me badly there. Everybody was so nice to me during my time there. I don't have enemies there. I don't have bad feelings."

Having suggested striker Son Heung-min faced a lengthy absence with a hamstring strain sustained against Newcastle, Mourinho changed his tune slightly

"I don't want to lie to you and to say he doesn't play and then on Sunday he's there," Mourinho said. "At the same time I don't want to say he's going to play because maybe he doesn't. Let's wait a little bit. At this moment I honestly don't know."

Tottenham have had a heady week, with the Newcastle game followed on Tuesday by an EFL Cup victory on penalties against Chelsea. On Thursday, they won 7-2 against Maccabi Haifa in their Europa League play-off, helped by a Harry Kane hat-trick.

"I don't want to moan," Mourinho said. "I'm on with real things in my hands and I don't think anybody disagreed with me when I was moaning, even complaining, about the situation.

"But now there's only one more match [before the international break] - there's only the United match and no excuses.

"They had only one match for the week. Probably the majority of the players that played [for United on Wednesday at Brighton] are not going to play on Sunday, but I won't forget that. We go there and we go there to discuss the game."

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed not to get drawn into mind games with Jose Mourinho and expressed how entertaining he finds the man he replaced at Old Trafford.

United host Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday and Solskjaer expressed his respect for the Spurs boss, whose job he filled in December 2018.

Solskjaer had begun the back and forth after last week's narrow 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in which Graham Potter's side hit the woodwork five times.

In reference to Mourinho discovering the goalposts were too small and requesting a change prior to a Europa League tie with Shkendija, the United boss joked he was fortunate the Portuguese had not been involved at Brighton.

Mourinho replied with a jibe of his own, insisting Solskjaer was not concerned with goalposts, but the size of the penalty box, saying United played with one that was "22 yards" after the club were awarded 15 Premier League penalties since the start of last season.

Ahead of a key meeting at Old Trafford, Solskjaer discussed how he has enjoyed Mourinho's news conferences for years.

"We are in strange times and sometimes you've got to have a bit of fun as well," he said about the exchange with Mourinho.

"It's just a couple of innocent comments, for me. Jose's a very charismatic coach and manager. You've enjoyed in the media talking to him, I've enjoyed watching him. He's a winner. 

"I'm not one of these that really goes into these mind games. I've got ultimate respect for him as a coach and, of course, his results and everything he has given football.

"The rules are as they are in football, aren't they? I didn't really think more about that one. It's more for you and the media. 

"It's important that we have a bit of entertainment, and Jose's always throughout the years given us all some fantastic moments in football - both in his press conferences and on the pitch. 

"But as a striker, I didn't mind how big the box was. When I got in there, it was just a strike on goal."

Solskjaer is hoping captain Harry Maguire can shake off an ankle knock to face Spurs and insisted he respected Gareth Southgate's decision to drop teenage striker Mason Greenwood.

Greenwood was left out of the latest England squad having been sent home with Phil Foden due to a coronavirus protocol breach after making his international debut against Iceland last month.

"Mason is one of the top strikers of the future for England," added Solskjaer. "I'm sure he's going to play many games for England.

"This now has obviously been a learning curve for him. Mason needs to reflect where he's at, what he needs to do, how to get where he wants to get.

"I had a very nice chat with Gareth about our players, the England possibles. 

"Games at this point are important for players to get minutes but we'll get loads of training into Mason. I respect Gareth's decision, definitely."

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho responded to Gareth Southgate in their public jousting over Harry Kane, joking that he will not use the England captain in "one minute of any friendly match" this season. 

England manager Southgate recently hit back at Mourinho after the Spurs head coach urged his counterpart not to overuse Kane in the upcoming international games.

The Three Lions have three fixtures coming up in October, with a friendly against Wales taking place on October 8 before Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark.

Spurs have had a congested start to the 2020-21 season, with their 7-2 Europa League win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday their seventh game of the campaign already. 

Kane plundered a hat-trick against the Israeli side to book Spurs' place in the Europa League group stages and Mourinho was not in the mood to back down on his stance of how his talismanic forward should be used on international duty.

"His match was a fundamental match for us," he told a media conference. "A match that means a few million pounds and means that we are in a group phase of a competition that we have ambitions for. 

"What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland [England assistant manager] and Gareth is not to be jealous. I can promise that until the end of the season I won't play Harry Kane in one minute of any friendly match."

Spurs were electric in attack at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a Giovani Lo Celso brace and goals from Lucas Moura and Dele Alli securing a memorable win.

It was Netherlands international Steven Bergwijn, however, that caught Mourinho's eye with a display full of direct running and incisive passing. 

"The team needs that, playing against a team that was pressing so high and giving space in behind," Mourinho said.

"He was very, very important. He didn't lose the ball. He dropped, he got the ball, he beat people. He was really good. I am sorry for him that he did not score. A very good performance. 

"Physically he is getting better, he is getting sharper. We have incredible options in the attacking positions and we are very happy."

Mourinho faces a quick turnaround now to get his players ready for a Premier League clash with former side Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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