Manchester United have been comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspur this evening thanks to goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela.
The game’s first real chance fell to Lamela, who was unmarked from six yards, but he somehow glanced his header wide. Timothy Fosu-Mensah then followed up an excellent block on Harry Kane by stopping Kyle Walker from getting a shot away as the defender bore down on goal.
After the break, Louis van Gaal attempted to swing the game in Man United’s favour by bringing on Ashley Young to play as a striker. It was Anthony Martial, however, who should have scored when he beat two opponents before firing straight at Hugo Lloris. Spurs punished United through Alli as he slotted in Eriksen’s cross. The goal sparked a collapse from United as Alderweireld and Lamela swiftly extended Spurs’ advantage and put the game to bed.
Van Gaal placed a huge amount of faith in the 18-year-old by starting him ahead of Matteo Darmian at White Hart Lane and, despite the result, Fosu-Mensah did his reputation the world of good with a excellent display.
Fosu-Mensah looked right at home in the early stages of the match, with his powerful runs causing Spurs plenty of problems. At the other end of the pitch, Fosu-Mensah’s crucial block denied Kane from slotting into an empty net before he was again in the right place to stop Walker. It seemed to be no coincidence that United fell apart defensively when Fosu-Mensah had to come off early due to injury.
Rojo struggled against Everton earlier this month and he continued to look subpar against Spurs.
The Argentine came very close to fouling Walker in the box in the first half and he was lucky that Fosu-Mensah covered the error with an excellent block. For Alderweireld’s goal, Rojo didn’t challenge effectively. It was hard to tell that Fosu-Mensah is a relative novice while Rojo has played in a World Cup final and you get the sense that his days at Old Trafford are numbered.
Young came on for Marcus Rashford at half time and took on a role up top in what looked like a bizarre move from van Gaal.
It proved to be exactly that as Young made a minimal impact on the game. The front four all had players out of their natural positions and it was hard to see what van Gaal was thinking with the choice of personnel.
Top four ambitions over?
Manchester City secured a vital 2-1 comeback win over West Bromwich Albion this weekend while United showed a lack of fight after they went one down against Spurs.
The result meant United were cut further adrift in the race to finish in the top four and it looks like van Gaal’s side can forget about Champions League qualification. At no point have United been good enough, at any point of the campaign. What more does van Gaal have to do to get sacked?