Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho has given himself unnecessary Man United problem

The former Liverpool midfielder questions Jose Mourinho's decision to pick a fight with Man United's title rival

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Redknapp has criticised Jose Mourinho for giving himself an unneccessary Manchester United problem.

The Red Devils made the trip to Huddersfield Town looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine games in the Premier League.

Manchester United scored 21 times and kept seven clean sheets in their opening eight fixtures in the English top flight.

However, the 20-time English champions suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town at John Smith Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Rashford netted a late consolation goal in an otherwise disappointing performance from Manchester United.

Mourinho sparked a war of words with his Chelsea rival Antonio Conte mid-week after accusing the Italian of moaning too much about injuries.

Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes Mourinho has wasted too much energy playing mind games with his title rivals.

“Where was the fighting spirit of Manchester United teams of old?” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“Mourinho seems to be wasting too much energy in picking fights with other managers. He doesn’t need to do this.

“It seemed obvious that Antonio Conte was the intended recipient when Mourinho moaned last week that some managers ‘cry and cry’ about fixtures.

“Why is Mourinho bothering to wind up Conte? He should be worried about Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, who are threatening to run away with the Premier League.

“After enjoying an excellent start, Mourinho has given himself an unnecessary problem.

“When you keep focusing on the negatives, it filters through to the players. With Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday, Mourinho must focus on the positives.”

Manchester United are five points behind Manchester City after the Citizens were 3-0 winners against Burnley at The Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils haven’t won the title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to the Premier League title.

The 20-time English champions finished in sixth place in the table in the Premier League last term but won the League Cup and the Europa League.

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