The two other times Jose’s Man Utd conceded 3+ goals & what happened next
Manchester United conceded three goals for only the third time in Jose Mourinho’s tenure on Sunday as they were beaten 3-2 at Brighton.
Goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross inflicted defeat on United, who scored through Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba but trailed from the 25th minute onwards.
It is almost a whole two years since United conceded three or more goals with Mourinho at the helm – and we’ve looked back at the previous two occasions to see what was said and how the team responded.
Watford 3-1 Man Utd, September 2016
What happened: Etienne Capoue gave Watford a half-time lead before Marcus Rashford equalised for United after the break. Late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney ensured Watford took all three points at Vicarage Road, while Wayne Rooney was heavily criticised for his performance in midfield.
After winning their opening three matches, this was United’s second defeat in a row following a 2-1 loss to Manchester City at Old Trafford.
What Mourinho said: The Red Devils boss publicly singled out Luke Shaw for critcism – “Their second goal is a mistake that goes against our plan and our training, because our intention was for their wing-backs to be pressed and not let them progress.
“And what happened was the guy gets the ball 20-25 metres away from our box and instead of being pressed, we give him the space to progress. Nordin Amrabat receives the ball and our left-back Luke Shaw is 25 metres from him instead of five.”
What happened next: United bounced back to hammer Leicester City 4-1, only to embark on a run of four games without a win. Speaking of which…
Man Utd have conceded 3+ goals for only the 3rd time in Jose Mourinho’s 122 games in charge in all competitions.
Sept 2016 L1-3 v Watford (a) PL
Oct 2016 L0-4 v Chelsea (a) PL pic.twitter.com/jCz1fSeZow
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Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd, October 2016
What happened: On his first return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s side were hammered by Chelsea, who took the lead after just 30 seconds through Pedro. Gary Cahill made it 2-0 after only 21 minutes before second-half goals from Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante compounded the Portuguese’s misery.
What Mourinho said: “We made incredible defensive mistakes. And then you pay for that.”
He added: “You come with a strategy, you cannot concede a goal in the way we did.
“We were coming to have an offensive approach. We wanted to create chances; we showed that after the 1-0. The second and the third were counter-attack goals.
“It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing.
What happened next: United drew 0-0 with Burnley at Old Trafford before winning 3-1 away at Swansea. Three-consecutive 1-1 draws, however, continued a theme of their season as too many stalemates saw the Red Devils finish sixth, albeit while winning the League Cup and Europa League.