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Theatre of Dreams Reduced to Rubble – Spurs Demolish Man United

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Football games can turn in two minutes. What we saw last night was a prime example of that. Jose Mourinho returned to Old Trafford to take on United, in charge of the Spurs team. He had a point to prove having been sacked by Man United two seasons ago. And prove a point he did.

United had a dream start to the game against the Spurs. 29 seconds into the match Martial played a delightful one two with Bruno Fernandes and found himself through on goal. Sanchez had no choice but to bring him down from behind and a penalty was awarded. Fernandes showed his expertise from the spot once again and put United in front.

United’s defensive vulnerability was showcased once more when captain Harry Maguire made an absolute mess of a routine clearance. Ndombele was quickest  to pounce on the loose ball and Spurs were level within minutes. A few minutes later Maguire once again fouled Harry Kane. He did not stand on the ball and Kane spotted a run from Son and played him through. Son produced a beautiful chipped finish and Spurs were ahead of United.

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At 2-1 United were still in the game. Then an incident occurred that changed the game completely. Erik Lamela embarrassed himself, the club and above all the sport. He instigated Martial and elbowed him in the chin. Martial reacted by giving him a light slap in annoyance. Lamela held his jaw and went to the floor as if he had just been smashed in the face by a golf club. Due to his play acting a red card was shown to Martial and only a yellow was shown to Lamela for the worse elbow to the chin. This kind of a situation was what VAR was brought in to avoid but it came up short once more. This call should have been either a red card to both or a yellow card to both. The horrendous decision however turned the game in Spur’s favour and they were completely dominant from this point forward.

Eric Bailly made an unnecessary pass in the box which was intercepted by Kane. the ball fell to Son who played it back to Kane for him to finish comfortably. Just before half time Spurs put nails in the coffin with an excellent first post finish by Son Heung Ming which took a lucky deflection to take it through David De Gea’s legs. It was now 4-1 to Spurs at half time.

United looked for damage limitation against the Spurs in the second half as Scott Mc Tominay and Fred were introduced in place of Nemanja Matic and Bruno Fernandes. The second half wasn’t much better however as Spurs kept complete control of the game. Hojbjerg played an excellent pass in behind to Serge Aurier who smashed it in at second post.

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Harry Kane completed the humiliation with 10 minutes to go by converting from the penalty spot following a rash challenge by Paul Pogba on Ben Davies. And so Spurs inflicted the joint heaviest defeat to United in the Premier League era. This was a wake up call to everyone at United. Mourinho had proved his worth and shown the United hierarchy that sacking him may not have been the right call. Spurs have made a statement to everyone in the league that they are not to be taken lightly. With the impending addition of Gareth Bale and Vinicius to the side, this team is one to watch out for.

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For United on the other hand this was an embarrassment. Everyone from the owners to the players and manager should hang their heads in shame. This is an insult to the dynasty Sir Alex Ferguson created. While signings are needed it is not an excuse that the players and coaching staff can hide behind. What we saw on the pitch last night was simply not good enough from 11 seasoned internationals. A foundational change is needed at the club. The team needs to develop an identity. At this point they are simply reliant on the brilliance of their star players. There is no style or pattern to their play and no game plan when things are not going their way.

The international break comes at a good time for the players to get away from the club and think for a while. With the transfer deadline looming later today we can also expect some transfer activity at Old Trafford. The deals for Cavani and Alex Telles are believed to be completed while talks for Barcelona’s Ousmanne Dembele on loan continue.

Spurs can hold their heads high. In a span of one week they have come from behind to beat Chelsea and United as well as hammered Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in the Europa League. United have a lot of work to do and a lot of changes to make. It is a long season and this is not the end of the world for the red devils. They must pick themselves up and go again.

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