By Kiran Thakare
- Fosu-Mensah starts in place of Darmian
- Defeat leaves United four points off top four
Manchester United slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday at White Hart Lane. The result a setback in their quest for the fourth position as Manchester City now sit four points above them.
Louis Van Gaal made a single change to the team which started against Everton last week. Timothy Fosu-Mensah came into the side for Matteo Darmian.
The rest of the back four remained same. Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin formed the midfield pivot behind the attacking quartet of Mata, Lingard, Martial and Rashford. Ashley Young was also involved in the matchday squad after gaining minutes for U21 side this week while Phil Jones missed out.
The Red Devils showed dominance in possession but were not able to find edge in the final third of play. Tottenham were sloppy and giving the ball cheaply, but as the half went on the home side started creating chances. Harry Kane missed an open goal after David De Gea was not able to collect the ball and spilled it infront of the English striker.
Fosu-Mensah was immense for the Red Devils as he made a goal saving block off Kyle Walkers shot in the first half. The best chance of the half came for Erik Lamela as he missed a clear header at the backpost after a delightful pass from Eriksen.
Van Gaal made an immediate change at half-time by bringing in Young for Rashford. The Englishman played as a striker and Martial continued as a left winger.
The Red Devils were on back foot as Spurs continued to put pressure up front. De Gea made a very good save off Moussa Dembele long range effort.
Martial got United’s best chance of the game when he went pass three defenders from the left flank but his shot was straight at Hugo Lloris.
United suffered a blow when their best player, Fosu-Mensah was withdrawn due to injury. Tottenham immediately capitalised as confusion in the back four led to the home side’s first goal scored by Delle Alli.
Spurs gathered momentum after the goal and doubled their lead immediately from a set-piece as Toby Alderweireld nodded home. The Red Devils collapsed like a pack of cards in six minutes as Erik Lamela put the game to bed with the third goal for the Spurs.
The Red Devols could have faced further embarassment whyen Dembele got a great chance to score the fourth only for it to be blocked by Blind.
United again lost the momentum after two good matches against Manchester City and Everton. It will be an uphill task for Red Devils now to finish in the top four and qualify for Champions League football.
Manchester United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah (Darmian 68), Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Mata (Memphis 77), Lingard, Martial, Rashford (Young 46) Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Valencia, Fellaini, Herrera