​Tottenham Hotspur head coach José Mourinho has called for an immediate response from his side after their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in midweek.

Two goals from Marcus Rashford either side of Dele Alli's strike saw Mourinho fall to his first defeat as Spurs boss, coming off the back of three straight wins since returning to management.

Tottenham are looking to get back to winning ways against Burnley on Saturday, and Mourinho claims his side have to become "raging or angry" after defeats to help them bounce back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,Jose Mourino

"I saw a sad dressing room, a sad bus and a sad plane," Mourinho said, quoted by the Daily Mail. "And that’s not what I like after a defeat. You cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging or angry. Being sad will not resolve your problems.

"They need to say, 'I don’t accept that defeat, it is not something that belongs to my culture'. Sad is grief. When you lose somebody you have to be sad. You have to be crying. There is no solution. There is no way of changing that. 

"You lose a football match and there is always the next one. Let’s go. Keep learning and do not accept the defeat is something empty."

Jose Mourinho,Toby Alderweireld

Although Mourinho is working to hard to turn their fortunes around on the pitch, the Portuguese manager has admitted that he's helpless to stop certain first-team players from leaving the club as their contracts enter their final few months.

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen could leave on free transfers at the end of the season, but most of the attention is focused on Christian Eriksen, who has been tipped to join either ​Real Madrid or Manchester United next summer.

Mourinho's admitted that he's held talks with Eriksen over his future at the club, but when asked about him meeting with the Denmark international, the 56-year-old responded by saying that the club are more important than individuals.


"My feelings are until I have anything official, rather than hypothetical things and speculation, there is not much to comment," he added, quoted by the Mail. "Of course I have had a conversation with him, of course I have to defend the best interests of my club.

"My club is more important than my players and my players are more important than me. But the club is more important than any one of us, so that's the way I think. I'm not going to answer you. I think that's him that has to tell you."

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