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Jose Mourinho: ‘Tottenham Hotspur clash is a big game’

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has branded Monday night’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur “a big game against a good opponent”.

United will enter the clash with Spurs off the back of a 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in their second Premier League match of the new campaign last weekend.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have beaten Newcastle United and Fulham in their first two matches to collect six points.

United have only won two of their last five Premier League meetings with Tottenham, but Mourinho has insisted that his team will be motivated to pick up a positive result on Monday night.

“It is a big game against a good opponent, an opponent that last season, in all the three matches we played, they were difficult matches in spite of [the fact] we won two of them,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.

“[The FA Cup semi-final] was a good performance, away from home where everybody was expecting us to lose the match. We didn’t start well and conceded an early goal and after that we had the quality and the mentality to change the result, to be dominant in the second half and it was a really good performance.

“We know what a good team they are and we know that they come here with their objectives. Big match but no need to work much on the motivational level because we have natural motivation to play against the good teams.”

Anthony Martial scored the only goal match in the corresponding Premier League match at Old Trafford in the early stages of last season.

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