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What Jose Mourinho did for Victor Lindelof after Huddersfield horror show

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Looks like Jose Mourinho has some work to do following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat away to Huddersfield on Saturday.

In stark contrast to how the Red Devils began this season, they were sloppy defensively and poor going forward at Kirklees Stadium.

United dominated possession as expected with 78% of the ball but only managed to create nine goalscoring opportunities, finding the target just three times.

Mourinho said in a post-match interview that he had never seen his players so unmotivated for a game and slammed their attitudes.

Answers must be found to United's recent rut and they'd better do it quick with another huge game looming.

In-form Tottenham travel to the Theatre of Dreams this Saturday looking to build upon their 4-1 demolition of Liverpool at Wembley.

Harry Kane and co. look like the only team that can genuinely challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title at the moment given United's recent shortcomings.

Mourinho certainly gave his players the reality check they needed after the Huddersfield defeat when he ordered each and every one of them to personally apologise to the fans.

Furthermore, the Portuguese wanted explanations for why they showed such little heart and were second to every ball throughout the 90 minutes.

United's players deserved a telling off, but according to the Mirror, Mourinho had other ideas for Victor Lindelof after his horror show.

The 23-year-old was awful against Huddersfield and at fault for their second goal, yet Mourinho decided not to give him any abuse, aware that he's already running low on confidence.

Lindelof was the only player who wasn't yelled at in the dressing room, with Mourinho instead focusing on the senior members of his team. Now that's what you call good management.

Lindelof was slammed for his display on social media, but like Mourinho, Ryan Giggs believes he should given the benefit of the doubt.

"One player who has attracted a lot of criticism is Victor Lindelof but he certainly shouldn't be written off yet," Giggs told Sky Sports.

"Some players come to the Premier League and bed in straight away and others can take six months or even a year, as it was for Patrice Evra, Jaap Stam and Nemanja Vidic, and they went on to be unbelievable players.

"You win together and lose together and you can't single out a player, especially when he hasn't been playing regularly. He's just got to knuckle down and come through this."

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