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Manchester United defeats Tottenham in Mourinho´s return

This was a return to the Theatre of Dreams that Jose Mourinho will not have wanted to imagine but one that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must have fantasised about.

Mourinho’s re-appearance, a year to the month he was dismissed by Manchester United, ended in a limp loss as Tottenham Hotspur lost for the first time since he was appointed.

The Humble One did not expect to be humbled and although he remained restrained throughout how he will have dreamt of getting one over the club that felt he was not that special any more.

There would be no knee slide, no fist pump, no tapping of his chest for Mourinho as he watched Marcus Rashford inspire United to victory and in doing so went a long way towards relieving the mounting pressure on Solskjaer in what feels like a defining week for him ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby.

United also had the bonus of going above Spurs in a Premier League table which suddenly looks far more healthy for them.

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At the end, Mourinho sought out each United player, as well as those from Spurs, but maybe it was telling that he lingered longest with the impressive Scott McTominay who was something of a project for him.

Bizarrely, United have now defeated Chelsea, Leicester City and Tottenham in winning just five of their 15 league matches so far this campaign and are the only team to have taken points off Liverpool, while Spurs will have felt this was a reality check – “a wake-up call,” Alli said – after the euphoria of Mourinho’s initial impact.

It was their first loss after three victories but in every match they have conceded two goals which is very un-Mourinho-like and something he has little time to work on with fixtures coming thick and fast.

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Spurs’ Lloris won’t need surgery, out until ’20

Hugo Lloris will not demand surgery on the dislocated elbow suffered in Tottenham’s defeat at Brighton – but the club captain has sustained ligament damage and isn’t projected to return to training until early next year.

With three minutes played at the Amex Stadium, the Frenchman attempted to claim Pascal Gross’ cross but fumbled it and fell into his goalmouth.

As Lloris clutched his arm in agony, Neal Maupay tapped in the Seagulls’ first in a 2-0 defeat that increased the pressure on an under-fire Spurs side.

Lloris got treatment on the pitch for the injury before being carried off on a stretcher. 

The 32-year-old will be sidelined until early next year, however, according to France boss Didier Deschamps. 

‘He has had tests. It is difficult to say how long he will be out, I am not a medical specialist,’ Deschamps told a press conference. ‘As far as we (France) are concerned, he obviously will not be with us for this camp, nor the next one.

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‘Processes will be put in place for his rehabilitation. We are talking several weeks, indeed several months.

‘He will not return to the pitch in 2019, that’s almost certain.’   

Tottenham confirmed that Lloris is currently in a brace and will now undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation. 

A source close to the player had told The Sun: ‘There is no surgery planned at the moment and Hugo is hoping he will not need it.

‘Of course, that could all change if it doesn’t heal properly. But the early signs are looking good.’  

With Lloris now ruled out until most likely after Christmas, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will also have to deal with a nightmare run of form that sees the club sit ninth in the Premier League table. The defeat on the south coast comes just days after a record 7-2 Champions League hammering by Bayern Munich. 

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