Jose Mourinho has defended his Manchester United record while hinting at unrest at the club, saying "people don't know what is going on behind the scenes" at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese was axed last month after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left them 19 points adrift of the Premier League leaders less than halfway through Mourinho's third campaign at the helm.

Mourinho won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first year before guiding United to a second-placed finish in 2017-18, but poor results on the field this season, coupled with reported rows with several high-profile players, resulted in his December departure.

However, Mourinho, who has won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, as well as the Champions League twice, insists all was not well at United.

"I think that sometimes we comment on what we see, but don't know what is behind the scenes, that influences what we see," he told beIN SPORTS.

"I think that is a fundamental thing. If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League, you say, 'this guy is crazy. He won 25 titles and he's saying that a second position was one of his best achievements in football'.

"I keep saying this because people don't know what's going on [behind] the scenes."

Mourinho turns 56 on January 26 but stressed that his stint at United would not be his last at the highest level.

He has been linked with returns to former clubs Inter and Real Madrid, while rejected speculation of taking over at Benfica before Bruno Lage was appointed as the new head coach at the Portuguese club.

"No, I want to coach, I'm too young," he said on the possibility of retirement.

"I'm in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks.

"Too young [to retire], really. I'm going to stay where I belong; I belong to top-level football and it's where I'm going to be."

Anthony Martial hailed the positive impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had on his game, praising the Manchester United caretaker manager for encouraging him to express himself.

United have won all six competitive fixtures since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho and have played with an attacking freedom that was rarely evident during the Portuguese's tenure.

Martial has only scored once since Solskjaer's arrival, netting in the 5-1 demolition of Cardiff City in the Norwegian's first game.

However, he still believes Solskjaer has had a big influence on him, telling Norway's TV2: "It is great for me to work with a manager who was attacking even when he was playing, just like me.

"He comes with good advice, especially suggestions for positioning in front of goal and the actual finishing. There he helped me a lot.

"The best advice I have received from him until now is that I have to play to my strengths. Don't put pressure on myself. He says I have to express myself on the pitch. It is very nice to be able to get such advice from Solskjaer."

Recalling Solskjaer's message to the players on a recent warm-weather training trip to Dubai, Martial added: "He talked a lot different when we were in Dubai. He told us about the tricks he picked up as a player and how lucky we are to be part of Manchester United.

"We all know that he was great when he was a player. So we listen when he tells us something."

Harry Kane's phenomenal goalscoring exploits for Tottenham and England makes him an automatic selection for both.

As such, the news that Kane is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines with damage to his left ankle ligaments provides a major headache for Mauricio Pochettino.

England begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic on March 22, meaning Gareth Southgate's hopes of having his captain operating at full tilt have been severely compromised.

Kane's superb returns over recent seasons have come despite three previous ankle setbacks hindering his progress.

Here, we look at when those injuries occurred and what happened next.

September 2016 – Sunderland (H)

Kane scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane but was substituted during the closing stages and left the stadium on crutches with damaged right ankle ligaments. Spurs went five games unbeaten in the Premier League in Kane's absence – beating Middlesbrough and Manchester City before stringing together consecutive draws against West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester City. Pochettino's men beat CSKA Moscow but took one point from two Champions League matches against Bayer Leverkusen before failing to make it out of the group.

Kane's replacement Vincent Janssen opened the scoring with a penalty in an EFL Cup fourth-round clash at Liverpool before a Daniel Sturridge brace sent the hosts through. Such form helped Sturridge to begin Southgate's tenure as England's first-choice striker in Kane's absence for the World Cup qualifiers versus Malta and Slovenia.

March 2017 – Millwall (H)

Ten minutes into a 6-0 rout against fellow Londoners Millwall in the sixth round of the FA Cup, Kane suffered a similar injury to his right ankle, albeit less severe. The three Premier League matches he sat out against Southampton, Burnley and Swansea City all ended in Spurs victories, while England's encounters with Germany and Lithuania later in the month were also out of the question. He was back to score in the semi-final showdown versus Chelsea but could not avert a 4-2 loss.

March 2018 – Bournemouth (A)

Kane finished Russia 2018 as the proud winner of the Golden Boot but alarm bells were ringing four months earlier when another right ankle problem struck at Bournemouth. Despite departing the Vitality Stadium in a protective boot, the forward's convalescence was brief. England's March friendlies with Netherlands and Spain came too soon, as did the FA Cup quarter-final win over Swansea, but Kane was back as a late substitute in Tottenham's next Premier League match – a long-awaited 3-1 win at Chelsea.

January 2019 – Manchester United (H)

Pochettino will hope for a similarly ahead-of-schedule return as Spurs look towards a possible EFL Cup final, north London derby and Champions League last-16 clash with Borussia Dortmund as February turns into March. It should be noted this injury is the first to Kane's left ankle and not his right as on the three previous occasions.

Harry Kane has been ruled out until early March with an ankle ligament injury, Tottenham have confirmed.

The England captain suffered the setback in the closing minutes of Sunday's 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester United at Wembley.

Kane will miss the first leg of Tottenham's Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund and is unlikely to be fit for the return match on March 5, while the derby with Arsenal three days earlier also looks as though it will come too soon. 

Spurs – who face Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg next Thursday – released a statement on Tuesday saying that Kane is not expected to return training until early March.

Mauricio Pochettino's side hold a 1-0 lead over Chelsea and Kane would be absent for the February 24 final if they should finish the job at Stamford Bridge. 

Spurs – already without Son Heung-min as he is on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup – will also have to cope without leading goalscorer Kane for a number of Premier League games.

Pochettino's men travel to Fulham on Sunday and face games against Watford, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Burnley and a top-flight clash with Chelsea before Kane's expected return.

Kane has hit 14 Premier League goals this season and his absence will be a further blow to Tottenham's slim title hopes after their defeat to Manchester United left them nine points behind leaders Liverpool.

Harry Kane has been ruled out until early March with an ankle ligament injury, Tottenham have confirmed.

The England captain suffered the setback in the closing minutes of Sunday's 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester United at Wembley.

Kane will miss the first leg of Tottenham's Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund and is unlikely to be fit for the return match on March 5, while the derby with Arsenal three days earlier also looks as though it will come too soon. 

Spurs – who face Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg next Thursday – released a statement on Tuesday saying that Kane is not expected to return training until early March.

Mauricio Pochettino's side hold a 1-0 lead over Chelsea and Kane would be absent for the February 24 final if they should finish the job at Stamford Bridge. 

Spurs – already without Son Heung-min as he is on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup – will also have to cope without leading goalscorer Kane for a number of Premier League games.

Pochettino's men travel to Fulham on Sunday and face games against Watford, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Burnley and a top-flight clash with Chelsea before Kane's expected return.

Kane has hit 14 Premier League goals this season and his absence will be a further blow to Tottenham's slim title hopes after their defeat to Manchester United left them nine points behind leaders Liverpool.

Harry Kane has been ruled out until early March with an ankle injury, Tottenham have confirmed.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Mouting is expecting a different challenge from Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford when the draw was made pitting PSG against United in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the tie to be played across February and March.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the Portuguese's replacement on a caretaker basis and he has made a stunning impact with United winning all six matches under his stewardship.

And Solskjaer's impact has not gone unnoticed in the French capital.

Choupo-Mouting told RMC: "Manchester United, they have changed. But it's always like that when you change coaches.

"There may be a new state of mind in the team, everyone wants to show their best. 

"But I do not care about other teams, we have to think about ourselves, we believe in ourselves. 

"We have the quality to beat anyone but it will be a tough match because Manchester United are a very good team with great quality players."

Tottenham are investigating alleged racism aimed at the club's forward Son Heung-min.

Mauricio Pochettino refused to entertain talk of a tactical battle with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although he felt Tottenham outplayed Manchester United in Sunday's 1-0 defeat.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba felt Jose Mourinho's system and tactics made it "really difficult" for him to flourish before the Portuguese's sacking.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is "worried" about the injury suffered by Harry Kane towards the end of Sunday's 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.

David de Gea saluted caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the return of "the real Manchester United" and bringing "happiness" back into their play following Sunday's 1-0 win at Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first real test as Manchester United caretaker manager as his side beat high-flying Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday, with David de Gea playing a huge part.

Paul Pogba is fit to return to the Manchester United starting XI to face Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday after a knee injury, while Romelu Lukaku must once again be content with a place on the bench.

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Alexis Sanchez has a "new lease of life" as the Chilean forward tries to rediscover his best form at Old Trafford.

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