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‘Pathetic’: Former Tottenham man delivers scathing verdict on Mourinho and players

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‘Pathetic’: Former Tottenham man delivers scathing verdict on Mourinho and players

Jamie O’Hara has launched a scathing attack on Tottenham after their miserable performance against Manchester United.

Despite going in 1-0 up at the break, Jose Mourinho’s side capitulated in the second period and were outplayed by the visitors on another bleak afternoon for the Portuguese boss.

Dark clouds continue to circle the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Mourinho’s jacket on a shaky peg and a report from the Athletic claiming star man Harry Kane will push for an exit in the summer if Champions League qualification is not secured.

That report was published prior to Spurs’ latest hapless performance, and their prospects of appearing in Europe’s premier competition next season appear remote thanks to a result that leaves them seventh in the Premier League.

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Former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara was appalled by what he saw in his old side’s 3-1 defeat, and has accused the current crop of lacking heart and desire.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “He’s (Mourinho) always had world class players. He’s had John Terrys, he’s had (Ricardo) Carvalhos, he’s had Pepes. He hasn’t got that at Spurs.

“So you’ve got to come up and get the best out of them. It doesn’t seem to me that he’s the manager that gets the best out of the players.

“He finishes players. Gareth Bale looks like he’s finished. Dele Alli’s finished. (Davinson) Sanchez looks finished.


“This manager is meant to get the best out of players. He isn’t, but they also need to be held accountable, because some of the performances from the players out there is pathetic.

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“There’s no heart, no desire. They’ve literally got the heart of peas, and there’s too many times that Spurs have got players out there who have got all the talent in the world, but haven’t got the heart and the desire to run around for their football team.

“There were six minutes injury-time. They had six minutes added on. Gareth Bale came on, (Erik) Lamela came on, and Man United kept the ball for six minutes, in the corner just passing it around, creating another chance.

“Hold on a minute. If I’m a player and Paul Pogba’s just bringing the ball down in the corner, chesting it down, doing all his little fancy tricks, I’d go and nail him, even if I got sent off.

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“Even as the manager, I’m going on the pitch. Someone tackle him! What you doing?!

“It’s so frustrating to watch. One, as a Spurs fan, but just as a football fan. These players are getting paid an awful lot of money and they’re just walking around, letting Man United do what they want.

“It’s so bad.”

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