Ashley Young has shed light on his disappointment following Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Jose Mourinho’s men, who entered the game with five straight victories in 2018, fell behind after just 11 seconds after nobody dealt with a long ball that eventually fell to Christian Eriksen.
Phil Jones then diverted a low fizzing ball into his own net midway through the first half and the visitors were lucky to concede no further goals in the second half.
And Young, speaking to MUTV after the game, was unable to hide his frustration following a truly abject performance.
“We are obviously disappointed to lose the goal so early on,” he said. “It was tough. I felt if we got the next goal it might have been different but it wasn’t to be. We are disappointed.”
We can point to specific moments in the game and faults of particular players in the aftermath, but the fact of the matter is that this type of defeat has now materialised for three seasons in a row.
Mourinho is a renowned master of sizing up opponents and then conquering them, but with Mauricio Pochettino he has been undone in the same way over and over again, his rigid, calculated set-up blasted away by Spurs’ raw pressing power.
He has now failed to claim goals away to Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs this season. Something needs to change on the road to top six rivals sooner rather than later.