Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho elected to play five at the back on Saturday as they welcomed high-flying Tottenham to Old Trafford.
Spurs were without star striker Harry Kane, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in the closing stages of last Sunday's 4-1 home win over Liverpool.
The 24-year-old frontman has netted nine goals in six away games so far this campaign.
Trailing Manchester City at the top of the table, Manchester United and Spurs are separated only by goal difference following United's shock 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield Town last weekend.
Speaking an hour before kick-off, Mourinho was asked by Geoff Shreeves how the dynamics of the game changes without Kane.
Mourinho's difficult response ignited all kinds of fury on Twitter, complaining about his side's own injuries instead.
Fans wouldn't find Mourinho's behaviour quite so annoying if the Portuguese manager hadn't criticised Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just ten days prior.
"I never speak about injuries," Mourinho told reporters recently. "Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured.
"For some, it is better to remember and remember and remember that the team is not in its full strength."
Mourinho's pre-match interview
Mourinho delivered a massively hypocritical response to Geoff Shreeves on Sky Sports when asked about Tottenham's omission of Kane.
“We have no Zlatan, no Pogba, no Fellaini, no Marcos Rojo, no Michael Carrick, so don’t speak to me about Harry Kane,” said Mourinho.
“Ask Mauricio [Pochettino] how you approach the game without Pogba, Carrick, Rojo, Ibra, Fellaini. Did you ask that question?”
Shreeves did indeed ask Pochettino that question in the interview that followed.
What fans were saying on Twitter
Social media was awash with fans of rivals clubs criticising the former Chelsea manager over his pre-match comments.
Mourinho is not a particularly popular figure amongst neutrals and his churlish behaviour on Saturday will do nothing to improve his image.
See some of the tweets from rival fans below.
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