Erik ten Hag assesses defeat to Spurs
Manchester United have been told by their former midfield genius Roy Keane to “forget about” winning the Premier League title this season after they were outclassed by Tottenham on Saturday evening. The Red Devils were second-best from start to finish in north London and ultimately succumbed to a 2-0 defeat.
United whimpered to a 1-0 victory over Wolves in their opening match of the campaign last Monday but underwhelmed throughout that encounter and were fortunate to come away with the three points. And their performance in the capital this weekend left much to be desired.
Erik ten Hag’s side were lacklustre in front of goal, were dominated in midfield and struggled at the back. And they came away empty-handed after Pape Sarr netted Spurs’ opener just after half-time, with Lisandro Martinez then turning the ball into the back of his own net late on.
Following the encounter, Sky Sports presenter David Jones asked Keane how far United are away from winning the Premier League title. And the seven-time top-flight champion fired back: “Title? Forget about it. You’re in cuckoo land. Forget about it. For titles. No chance.
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“Not with the record, with their set-pieces, the lack of goals. You need to get the striker in so Marcus [Rashford] can go out wide. The wide players. They call them fizzy drinks – no good for you away from home.”
Keane also used his opportunity in front of the cameras to call out Bruno Fernandes and summer signing Mason Mount after insisting United were “carrying” too many players. “They just looked lightweight,” the 52-year-old said of the Red Devils team. “You look at the six players high up the pitch when you’re out of possession – they’re giving you absolutely nothing.
“You can almost carry one or two that don’t give you much but can be match-winners – but United are carrying too many players who are not really at it.
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“When I look at Mount and Fernandes, out of possession they look like schoolboys. They haven’t got the physicality to get the ball back. We make excuses all the time for them, we’re told Ten Hag is a brilliant coach – but we need to see it. They looked flat here. I’d like to know what they’re doing on the training pitch. Are they over-training? They don’t look full of energy.
“Every time I watch United, towards the end of games they’ve got a goal in them – but I didn’t feel that today. When it was 1-0 or 2-0, I thought it’s game over and I genuinely never felt like that with this Man United team.”
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