Manchester United are facing their first ‘big’ test of the season against former boss Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side, with the Red Devils desperate for a big win at home. Instead, they were dealt a huge loss, getting thrashed 1-6 in a day everything could go wrong, did. They started the game in exhilarating fashion after Anthony Martial earned a penalty 24 seconds into the game, something which Bruno Fernandes easily converted to give United a very early lead.
But some terrible defending allowed Tottenham a cheap equalizer three minutes later, with Tanguy N’dombele scoring from close. Some more shameful defending saw Harry Kane’s quick free-kick latched onto by Heung Min-Son, who made it 2-1 with a clever finish. And then some more shocking defending – namely complete inability to play the ball out of defence – allowed Spurs to pounce and end up as a strike from Kane.
But it didn’t stop there as Maguire got nutmegged by Serge Aurier, allowing Son to tap in his second and make it 1-4! Spurs were refusing to back down against the wounded United side and scored again in the 51st minute, with Serge Aurier finishing off a well-created move in style. Spurs kept up their dominance and were awarded a penalty in the 78th, which Kane finished off with ease to make it 1-6!
That is the first time Man United have conceded 6 at home since 2011. The season after that, they won the Premier League title. Watching what I did today, we aren’t winning it for the next decade – if not longer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might get sacked and players might be signed, but a complete systematic change is required for this club to compete at the top again.
Here are the Manchester United Player ratings vs Tottenham
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (-5) –
That was Solskjaer’s worst loss as Man United manager and you can’t say it wasn’t well deserved. Didn’t make any sense playing an unfit Pogba ahead of Van de Beek and maybe even playing a 3-man backline would’ve worked knowing how vulnerable every defender is. Was made to cost for his tactical ineptitude and inability to fix the mistakes happening for 2-3 weeks.
On top of that, his subs were dreadful and didn’t make any sense or impact either. If he does get sacked after that (I don’t feel he should), this is the match which costs him. If he survives and doesn’t much some tough decision or ignite the aggression in his players, it’s probably a matter of time before he eventually is sacked.
David de Gea (2.0) –
De Gea can’t really be faulted for the first goal, but he should’ve stood stronger for the second. Faultless for the third, but again beaten way too easily for Son’s second. Helpless to see five go past him, but prime De Gea would’ve stopped 2-3 of those. He isn’t that good anymore and doesn’t deserve to start week in, week out.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (3.0)-
Wan-Bissaka has arguably been United’s best (least error-prone) defender in the first half, but even he slacked off poorly almost resulting in a Son. His tackling has been pretty good though. Again so, so poor going forward and like everyone else, he seemed to slack off in the second half when the game was gone.
Harry Maguire (-5) –
A terrible start to the game for the United captain, whose awful backpass landed straight into N’Dombele to finish from close. Shows signs of callousness again by bringing down Kane and letting his pass go through too easily for Son’s strike. Then gets nutmegged by Aurier allowing Son to score his second too easily.
That was easily Maguire’s worst performance in a United shirt and one for which he must pay. Should be benched for the next few games at least if not more. Just terrible, vulnerable and shambles at the back & anything but a leader.
Eric Bailly (0) –
Gets a rare start ahead of the error-prone Lindelof. But his start to the game isn’t justified at all as he totally switched off for the second goal, allowing him to go through on goal too easily. Then makes another horrible error leading to Spurs third, with his awful pass being latched onto by Kane and later converted by him.
To be honest, he doesn’t deserve to start week in, week out after that. Just too erratic to be a regular and like every United defender, just not good enough and too many errors leading to catastrophe.
Luke Shaw (2.0) –
Tuggled down inside the box too easily before Spurs scored their equalizer. Yeah but that wasn’t his error as it was his own captain (Maguire) pulling him down. Terrible positioning caused two goals (Son’s second and Aurier’s) to happen through his side. He just lost his senses all the time, was terrible going forward and allowed Spurs to attack him too easily.
Nemanja Matic (4.5) –
Matic’s age is showing today, as he keeps getting overrun by everyone else in midfield. Was closed down too easily resulting in Kane’s goal. Got bypassed by nearly everyone resulting in a lot of problems for the defenders. His old legs showed today and Matic got subbed in half-time for fresher legs.
Paul Pogba (1.0) –
A rather frail start to the game again for the Frenchman, whose botched clearance kicked off the flurry of errors leading to the equalizer. He just doesn’t seem hungry enough to win his midfield battles, getting dispossessed and bullied too easily. Too lazy before Aurier’s goal, as his countryman skated past him to score easily. Then conceded the penalty with an unnecessary challenge in the box.
He looked more like a Sunday league soccer player than a world class World Cup-winning one today. Extremely unfit, not determined or hungry enough to get things done and way too nonchalant knowing the situation. Should be benched after this.
Bruno Fernandes (6.0) –
He doesn’t miss penalties and slots today’s strike with a classy finish into the left-hand side. Seems to be trying too hard to create chances, as most of his ambitious through balls are being intercepted. Surprisingly subbed off at half-time, probably to stop damage limitation.
Mason Greenwood (5.5) –
The youngster looks the most proactive United attacker out there today with his clever movement. Took some ambitious swipes at goal in the first half-hour, but neither hit the target. Honestly, he at least looked determined to mount some sort of a fight/comeback and showcased a lot of energy and good stuff on the ball. Again, subbed off surprisingly despite being one of the better players for United.
Anthony Martial (4.0) –
A brilliant start to the game for Martial, whose tricky run into the box forced the error from Davinson Sanchez and earned United the penalty. But then things started to go from bad to worse, as he was sloppy in possession before getting sent off rather harshly for a slap (?) on Lamela.
Marcus Rashford (3.0) –
Rashford’s brace won United this tie last season. Can he win United this today? His performance today was a complete opposite of what it was last season. Only managed to go past Spurs’ defence once and even that was offside. Looked dejected and frustrated late on and couldn’t create anything for himself.
Fred (3.0) –
Came down to try to restrict Spurs from scoring and add some creativity to his side’s attack. Couldn’t do either and looked clueless like everyone else in the middle.
Scott McTominay (3.0) –
Replaced Matic in the second half wand was probably just as bad as him, doing nothing really noticeable in the second-half.
Donny van de Beek (N/A) –
Came on too late to make any impact, playing with a number of dejected, lifeless players. Must be regretting his move right about now after watching whatever he did.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Maybe if there was an opposite of this (worst player of the match?), I’d give to Maguire. The MOTM was Harry Kane surely, he’s a man transformed under Jose.