Manchester United – Tottenham Hotspur: United In Shambles At Old Trafford (1-6)
During a chaotic start, United took the lead in the second minute, before finding themselves 2-0 down only five minutes later. After this, Spurs were largely superior, with a stable possession game and good use of width. Anthony Martial’s sending off just before the 30th minute effectively ended United’s game, as Spurs went 4-1 up in the next ten minutes. Thus, the second half was a formality, as Spurs strolled to a 6-1 win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Manchester United’s season got off to a bad start at Old Trafford two weeks ago as they were beaten 3-1 by the counterattacking Crystal Palace. They then struggled away at Brighton, with their opponents giving plenty of attacking threat and United needing a last minute penalty to snatch the win.
Spurs’ start of the season has also been mixed. They were outclassed on the first matchday by Everton’s new look midfield, falling to a 1-0 defeat at home. In the next game away at Southampton they went 1-0 down too, but were able to recover in the second half, with Son Heung-min exploiting Southampton’s high offside line. Last week, José Mourinho’s side were at the center of VAR controversy as they conceded a late equalizer against Newcastle United from a contentious penalty decision.
With United having defensive issues in recent weeks, Ole Gunnar . . .