Jose Mourinho aimed a stunning rebuke at Paul Merson after his declaration that Tottenham's style of play under the Portuguese could see Harry Kane quit the club. 

The Spurs boss issued a planned four-and-a-half-minute riposte, listing his former strikers - the likes of Didier Drogba, Diego Milito, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic - and their respective goals records, in an attempt to disprove Merson’s statement that Kane wouldn’t get 25-30 goals a season under his stewardship. 

That came after England captain Kane had made his return from injury on Friday night as Spurs drew 1-1 with Manchester United. 

He hadn’t featured since January after suffering a hamstring injury at Southampton. 

But on his return to action, he had few opportunities in front of goal, in a game where Spurs were largely second best to Mourinho’s former club.

Speaking on Soccer Saturday the following day, former Arsenal star Merson questioned how long Kane will want to play under Mourinho.

“When Jose took the job I worried for Harry Kane,” Merson said. “He played under Pochettino and Tottenham had a go wherever they went. There were goals, there were crosses, there were shots. 

“He's going to be playing up front on his own and it is going to be hard work. In the end he is trying to hit 60-yard passes just to get involved in the game and that's not Harry Kane.

“He's not fit, he's definitely not fit, they played virtually with 10 men, I can't remember how many times he touched the ball in the whole game.

“I think he'll have a serious think at the end of the season, I really do. I don't see him getting 25-30 goals a season the way Jose will want to play, and he (Mourinho) won't want to play like it was when he first got in there, 4-2s and 5-3s, no way.

"He'll like those games, the 1-1s.”

Certainly, that hasn’t sat well with the Spurs boss.