Match Report: Spurs 1 Manchester United 3 (we got what we deserved).

Match Report: Spurs 1 Manchester United 3 (we got what we deserved).

This was always going to be a make or break game, and it ended up a game that broke our chances of getting us into the top four. We didn’t deserve to win, and we don’t deserve to be in the top four and to have Champions League football next season. There is also a question mark over whether we can get a Europa League spot or even beat City in the League Cup Final. Also, whether Mourinho can survive this, which is another question. To me, the problem lies deeper (with Levy and competing with the top clubs financially on equal terms).

We are six points behind the Spammers in fourth place, and between them and us are Chelsea and Liverpool. With Everton close on our coattails. And it isn’t outside the realms of possibility that the Spammers get a place in the Champions League.

If you are like me, you are feeling depressed right now. I’ve been following Spurs since the late 50s, and I’ve seen some exquisite highs, mediocrity, shit and now this. Of course, some will say that we’ve played a lot worse (true), and others will say the season isn’t over yet, and miracles can happen (again, true), but at the moment, the rest of the season doesn’t look clear or positive.

I suppose I might as well do what I am supposed to do and give my match report.

We went into this game knowing that we had to get a victory, a draw would have been no good, which would keep us in touch with the European Champions League places, but another shit performance led to what could be an expensive defeat.

Edinson Cavani thought he had given United a first-half lead with a smooth finish from Paul Pogba’s pass. Still, his goal was ruled out following a video assistant referee judgement. Cavani finally got the goal when he launched himself to head beyond Lloris from substitute Mason Greenwood’s cross. Greenwood completed the formalities with virtually the last kick of the game as he provided a finish that was too powerful for Lloris to save.

My thoughts; we got what we deserved: nothing

Jose Mourinho can have no serious complaints about the final outcome.

We led at the interval, but it was United who came out after the break with real purpose, Fred’s equaliser was our nail in the coffin. Even though we had Son and Kane, we were dormant for most of the second half. We did, though, have our moments, but they were rare, and there was never a sense that we would take control. This loss leaves us six points behind fourth-placed Bubble blowers, in seventh. We will have to improve significantly if we are to turn our top-four aspirations into reality (which, to be honest, seems laughable standing at this point in time).

What more can I say, or what more do I want to say? We are getting further and further away from that shaking money tree (top-four spot) that Levy relies on to enrich him even more. Our next game is against Everton, and if they should beat us, they will go above us with a game in hand. Then the nail in our coffin will be further firmly hammered down.

The stats

Mourinho’s worst league season for defeats

Jose Mourinho is winless in his past five home matches against sides he has previously managed (D2 L3), having won 12 in a row between 2002 and 2018.

He has suffered 10 league defeats in a single season for the first time in his entire managerial career.

In English top-flight history, Manchester United’s current 23-game unbeaten run away from home in the league (W15 D8) is bettered only by a 27-game run from Arsenal between April 2003 and September 2004.

We have dropped 18 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, second only to Brighton (20). It is the most points a Mourinho side has dropped from winning positions in a single Premier League campaign.

Manchester United have gained 28 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season – in the competition’s history, only Newcastle in 2001-02 (34) and Manchester United themselves in 2012-13 (29) have earned more points from such positions.

Son became the first player to score three or more goals against Manchester United in a single Premier League campaign since Sergio Aguero in 2014-15.

Manchester United’s Fred scored just the second goal of his career in the Premier League. His previous one came against Wolves in September 2018; his equaliser ended a run of 73 shots without scoring in the competition.

Only Wayne Rooney (15) has scored more Premier League goals for Manchester United as a teenager than Mason Greenwood (13).

What’s next for us (apart from a firing squad)?

We visit Everton in the Premier League on Friday (20:00).

Take care and be safe, Glenn