All a bit over-dramatic I know but tell me it doesn't feel like that the morning after the night before. Mourinho produced a sub Pochettino performance away to Manchester United in terms of team selection and game management.
Why I thought it might be any different this time I'm not sure. We've lost more Premier league matches against them than any other team and Jose has won none of his last five games under four different Managers. (BBC)
We conceded another brace to make it 8 in four games both down to a buzzing Rashford who Jose had managed to unsettle whilst their Manager. Sissoko's late challenge gifted them a penalty straight after half-time.
Jose had a point to prove but Rashford's point was apparently bigger and took the plaudits and the points. Dele's goal just before half time, a triumph of skill, touch and ingenuity should have set us up for the second half.
Perhaps Mourinho was trying to prove something though what it was is unclear.. Perhaps that Sissoko and Winks as a pivotal pairing doesn't work. They had ably demonstrated that by half time but the inevitable entry of Eriksen was delayed until the 64th. minute.
Sissoko is all heart and little brain and Eriksen is all brain and little heart. If Christian is not signing on again he should be nowhere near the squad; if he is he should start.
The back line creaked like a sinking ship: Aurier reverted to his former unreliable self; Sanchez deferred every time to Toby who is not the player he was; Mr Grumpy, flappy hands Vertonghen didn't seem up for it at all.
The slow motion back line ballet made it's unwelcome re-appearance and the midfield neither protected it nor inspired the players further forward.
Up front Son was erratic and selfish; Moura left hardly even a faint trace on the game; Harry without service was leaden and only Dele shone. Gazzaniga after the early mistake at his near post performed heroics to keep the score down.
Jose stood and watched as if it was nothing to do with him and made the changes too late like his predecessor. United. could have been out of sight by half time. Things improved after half time but again the early penalty killed us.
So back to the drawing board Mr. Mourinho. You could do worse than give Oliver Skipp a run out or Sessegnon, or Tanganga. Let's rebuild the ship in what is inevitably turning out to be a mid table year not just try to refloat the old one which may be holed beneath the water-line
Balloons burst; new Manager bounce completed, now the hard work begins. The worrying thing about Wednesday night was the lack of energy and involvement on display. United weren't that good apart from Rashford but they were up for it.
Whatever the underlying causes of the demise of Mauricio are clearly still there and the magic of Mourinho is in itself not going to solve them. In the end we lost by a penalty but apart from Dele there was very little positive to hold on to.
Burnley at home on Saturday 7th. at 3pm.
Four out of 5 wouldn't be too bad.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Such clarity, such control. We could do with some of that. The Wedding Nuptials and the Honeymoon are over but there's the rest of life to get through now. The season goes on.