He was criticised for his defensive tactics in the goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield two weeks ago and then question marks were raised following United's shock defeat by promoted Huddersfield Town.
The Tottenham game had an extra twinge of importance to it based on the fact that it was on the back of Mourinho's side's first sign of weakness this season.
Second-place United and third-place Tottenham both have 20 points, five behind Manchester City after nine games. I still see United as the bigger threat to any chance of Arsenal claiming the EPL trophy this season, especially if Kane's hamstring problem allows them to not park the bus as expected but instead to get a morale boosting win.
Tottenham struggled without leading scorer Harry Kane, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, but nearly held out until United's sustained pressure told 10 minutes from the end.
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In his post match press conference, the United boss clarified who he was "shushing", and it wasn't his opposition.
Asked what he meant by the signal, Mourinho retorted: "Calm down, relax a little bit".
"I like the team very, very much", he said. Both teams were trying to win but both knew the opponent was strong.
So, there you have it, before the Red Devils' trip to Stamford Bridge next week, Mourinho's message to the haters is crystal clear.