Manchester United suffered their second straight Premier League loss of the season as they were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils were the better side with a couple of clear-cut chances during the first period but shortly after the interval, Spurs took charge of the proceedings with a Harry Kane strike and a Lucas Moura double ensuring a comfortable triumph for the north Londoners.
Two things we learned:
Lucas Moura making his mark: Spurs were criticised for their failure to make a new signing during the summer but Moura certainly feels like one after making a strong start to the campaign. Moura barely featured for Spurs last term following his mid-season arrival but the recent absence of Heung-min Son due to Asian games duty has assisted him secure a regular role. After netting versus Fulham, Moura continued his scoring run against United by scoring off both of his attempts on Monday night. The second one was particular delight as he fizzed through the United defence before slotting the ball past David de Gea. The Brazilian was handed the man of the match showing for his performance and hopefully, he can now stake claim for a regular starting spot irrespective of Son’s return.
Manchester United’s central defence in tatters: Jose Mourinho decided to go with three-at-the-back for the Spurs game after Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof underperformed in the shock defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion. However, the trio of Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones lacked a cohesion between them and the latter was at fault for the opening goal where he was caught ball-watching than the spotting the movement of Harry Kane. Following the game, Mourinho suggested that only Smalling may retain the place in the defence and the Portuguese needs to find the right combination with seven goals conceded from just three matches. United are yet to keep a clean sheet this term and their next challenge comes against Burnley on the road on Sunday.
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