Burnley, though, have yet to find anything near the form they showed last season, when they finished a surprising seventh in the league and earned an unlikely qualification for the Europa League. "The quality of the managers I believe is when you get to that level, all the managers they are top, top managers".
That very negativity has transferred into the Premier League, too, despite starting the campaign with a win against Leicester City.
"I had last season great success". The loss to Tottenham was the team's biggest home defeat in Mourinho's managerial career.
Asked if he would still consider himself to be among the best if he failed to win a title at United, he responded: 'Of course.
Along with Zidane, Conte is the only other top-level manager with a recent record of success who is now unemployed. "I think they'd be silly to sack him, it'd be bad but you've seen it before and I've seen it at Chelsea", Merson told Sky Sports.
Before his team's trip to Burnley on Sunday (16:00 BST kick-off), the Portuguese added: "I had great success last season and that's probably what you don't want to admit".
Guardiola's Manchester City won the league last season but are themselves already two points off the pace.
"Because he never won anything in global (competition), for example".
It was a reference to his overall record as a manager, having won the Champions League twice - with Porto and Inter Milan - and eight domestic league titles in his time in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.
Guardiola said: "Rafa Benitez did the same against us last season, so we have to adapt". "It was cup final they had a big dream to go, a title they had a big dream to win, because they don't win many".
"The minute that he gave Jose Mourinho a contract extension, which some would say was unnecessary part way through a season, but believing in a manager, showing the faith, he had to then buy him the centre-backs".
United fans had seen enough and some supporters took to Twitter to call Smalling an "embarrassment" while another urged him to "retire" following his poor second half display last night.