Tottenham Beats Hapless United 6-1
José Mourinho returned to Old Trafford and humiliated his former club when Tottenham thrashed Manchester United for a famous victory. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored twice, with Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier also in goal as 10-man United suffered a defeat on par with their 6-1 home win against Manchester City in 2011.
It meant that it was not only the toughest loss since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took office temporarily in December 2018, but also the biggest United has suffered since Ed Woodward took over as executive vice president in 2013.
The result leaves United 16th in the Premier League, with newly promoted Fulham and West Brom the only clubs with the worst goal difference. Only West Brom have conceded more than their 11 goals.
United were completely outclassed, even before they were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when Anthony Martial dragged his hand across Erik Lamela’s face in reaction to an elbow on his neck.
In contrast, Tottenham rose to fifth place after emerging from a tight schedule of five games in 11 days in three competitions with four creditable victories and one draw; their last two games have had winning margins of five goals.
It is also Tottenham’s biggest win at Old Trafford and coincides with their record home win over United, 6-1 in September 1932.
After struggling to bring in new players since the end of last season, the previous 24 hours had been quite good for United, with deals for veteran forward Edinson Cavani and Brazilian full-back Alex Telles nearing completion.
The game couldn’t have gotten off to a better start either. Davinson Sánchez stormed into the box with Martial in 30 seconds, giving Bruno Fernandes a chance to score another penalty.
After that it went downhill at a rapid pace for the hosts, who had lost their lead at four minutes, were behind at seven and by halftime had conceded four at home in the first half of a league game for the first time. time since 1957, strangely. also against the Spurs.
The abysmal nature of United’s defense could not be hidden, with £ 80 million captain Harry Maguire one of the main culprits.
The England center-back got into real trouble trying to deal with what appeared to be a routine ball in the area. Twice he failed to clear, as Luke Shaw did, allowing Ndombele to score his first Premier League goal in more than a year.
If the tie was bad, what followed was worse. Maguire conceded a free kick for a foul to his England teammate Harry Kane 45 meters from the goal, but instead of delaying the situation, which Sanchez did when faced with a similar situation at the other end shortly after, Maguire backed away. Kane simply slid a pass through the gap and Son’s pace took him away from Eric Bailly and Shaw.
The third was the result of Kane sliding to gain possession on the edge of the home area after a short pass from Bailly put Nemanja Matic under pressure. The England captain finished after Son crossed low.
A 14-minute period on either side of the interval brought another goal for Son and a rare goal for Aurier. At this point, Solskjaer needed to be thankful that Old Trafford was practically empty and the only noise was the contingent of visitors at their celebrations. The idea of being full of witnessing a humiliation like this is not pleasant.