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Revenge couldn’t have tasted sweeter for former Man United boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford Sunday.
His Tottenham squad took advantage of a United team reduced to 10-men to destroy them 6-1.
For a game that ended so poorly, it couldn’t have started any better for the Red Devils.
Seconds into the game Anthony Martial was brought down in the penalty area.
Bruno Fernandes stepped up to put United ahead after only two minutes.
Some dreadful defending saw the lead evaporate two minutes later with Tanguy Ndombele making United pay to level the match.
A minute later United was behind after a Harry Kane free-kick was taken quickly and Son Heung-min found the back of the net.
The turning point happened in the 28th minute.
Martial slapped Erik Lamela in the face after Lamela appeared to elbow the Frenchman in the jaw.
The ref only saw the retaliation and United were down a man and chasing the game from that point.
Spurs capitalized immediately with Kane getting his name on the scoresheet in the 30th minute.
Son got his second in the 37th minute to make it 4-1 at the half.
The second half wasn’t any better with Serge Aurier making it 5-1 in the 51st minute.
Kane rounded out the scoring from the penalty spot in the 79th minute after a needless foul from Paul Pogba in his own penalty area.
Manchester United set some dubious records with this defeat that the club hasn’t experienced in years.
The five-goal loss was the most lopsided result for the Reds since they were crushed by rivals Manchester City by the same scoreline in 2011.
In their first three Premier League matches, this season United have conceded a shocking 11 goals.
That’s the worst defensive start to a season for the Reds in 90 years.
“Nowhere near good enough”
It’s an understatement to say United were bad in this one and afterward manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer echoed the sentiments of many faithful supporters.
“It’s nowhere near good enough. I hold my hand up. It’s my decision to pick the team I did and we, us as a squad, that’s not good enough for Man United,” says Solskjaer.
The Reds will have some time to ponder what went wrong in this one as they don’t play again until October 17 against Newcastle United.
In the meantime, all eyes will be on the transfer window which will close on October 5th.