Manchester United star Ander Herrera believes it was easy to understand the loss to Tottenham Hotspurs given how the match developed.
The Spaniard started the clash but left the pitch disappointed having been defeated convincingly by a 3-0 scoreline.
Herrera was unusually used by Jose Mourinho in the centre-back position for the first time in his career.
The midfielder was handed the task of man marking Lucas Moura who ended up playing off of Harry Kane‘s shoulder.
Unfortunately the Brazilian ended up scoring a brace that pretty much ended the game for United.
According to Metro, Ander said: “It’s easy to understand what happened. When you have 16 or 17 attempts, when you have so many opportunities to score in the first 60 or 70 minutes and you don’t do it, the opponent can score.
“The opponent can hurt you. They did it – they scored from their first corner – and what can we say? I think the commitment, the approach, the attitude, the way we faced the game was perfect.
“We didn’t let them build – one of the things they do well is building up and we didn’t let them do it.”
Herrera wasn’t individually at fault for any of the goals but perhaps his unusual position served to confuse his teammates.
Mourinho’s tactics in that sense backfired but initially the Red Devils’ strong start was due to their unexpected formation catching Tottenham off guard.
The clash against Tottenham was actually Ander’s first appearance of the season so it was understandable if he was rusty.
Jose made a lot of changes to the XI that played against Brighton, perhaps to inspire a win but it ended up backfiring due to the players feeling fatigue.
Many of the players weren’t necessarily match-fit but the Portuguese manager probably felt his hand was forced.