Manchester United’s victory over Tottenham felt momentous at the weekend.
If you had not quite been able to put your finger on why, it could be because this was the first ever Manchester United away win over a Jose Mourinho side.
Sir Alex Ferguson never managed it. He beat Mourinho three just times, out of 16. The Portuguese boss often had Fergie’s number.
When Ferguson’s United did come out on top, it was never away from home. There were defeats away at Porto and Chelsea, and draws away at Inter and Real Madrid.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both suffered losses in their only attempts as United managers away to a Mourinho side.
Solskjaer is unbeaten in two, after a draw last season, securing an overdue win for United away to Mourinho as the Red Devils defeated Tottenham 3-1.
United’s struggles away against Jose Mourinho
- 2004: Porto 2-1 Manchester United
*United drew second leg at Old Trafford 1-1 and were eliminated
- 2004: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
- 2005: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
- 2006: Chelsea 3-0 Manchester United
- 2007: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
*United sent out a second string side with the title already won
- 2009: Inter Milan 0-0 Manchester United
*United won second leg at Old Trafford 2-0
- 2013: Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United
*United lost second leg at Old Trafford 2-1
- 2014: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United
*David Moyes in charge
- 2015: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
*Louis van Gaal in charge
- 2020: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United
- 2021: Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United
A tough opponent
Give Mourinho credit, he always makes his teams difficult to beat, especially at home.
While he was Manchester United manager, he was very rarely beaten at Old Trafford. That was why the Champions League last 16 defeat to Sevilla in 2018 seemed so shocking.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has certainly had it a little easier than Fergie. Tottenham are the weakest side Mourinho has managed during his coaching career.
Yet that should not detract from praise Solskjaer is due. His United side outclassed Tottenham at the weekend on the way to a 3-1 victory.
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