Sky Sports activities’ Roy Keane has described Manchester United “as the brand new Spurs” within the wake of Erik ten Hag facet’s dismal 2-0 defeat to Tottenham whereas Gary Neville has urged the membership to signal new midfielders.
A second-half opener from Pape Sarr adopted by an personal aim by Lisandro Martinez condemned United to a sobering however deserved loss on Saturday night time.
“Determined, completely determined,” thundered Keane. “The largest insult I at all times take into consideration is groups who cannot do it away from residence, gamers who aren’t up for it away from residence.
“United go away at the moment…weak, no management, gave dangerous targets away. It is simple to play in opposition to Man United. Man Utd are the brand new Spurs.”
An unimpressed Keane continued: “The midfield appeared light-weight. The six gamers excessive up the pitch, if you’re out of possession they’re providing you with completely nothing. You possibly can at all times carry one or two possibly in your staff who do not provide you with a lot however may be match winners however United are carrying too many gamers after they’re probably not at it.
“I take a look at Mount, Fernandes out of possession, they seem like schoolboys. They have not obtained that physicality to get the ball again.
“We’re informed Ten Hag is a superb coach, properly we have to see it. They appeared flat tonight. I might prefer to know what they’re doing on the coaching pitch. Are they over coaching? They do not look filled with vitality.”
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Neville: Manchester United should bolster in midfield
Throughout his match commentary, an alarmed Gary Neville additionally warned Manchester United should make midfield reinforcements within the wake of their worrying begin to the brand new season.
After a highly-fortunate 1-0 win over Wolves on Monday Evening Soccer, United’s luck ran out in north London as a midfield of Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes and summer time signing Mason Mount have been outplayed by man-of-the-match Yves Bissouma and James Maddison in Spurs’ deserved 2-0 win.
Bruno Fernandes missed an excellent probability to provide Manchester United the lead away at Tottenham
“Casemiro appears to be like misplaced in midfield in these first two matches,” stated Neville. “What’s clear is that Manchester United’s midfield wants bolstering.
“Ten Hag needs a quantity six who can play alongside Casemiro and in the intervening time the membership cannot get gamers out to have the ability to fund that.
“In the event that they take a look at the primary two weeks, they should fund it or there can be large issues. What’s clear is that Ten Hag would not wish to revert again to Scott McTominay.”
Pape Sarr’s first aim for Tottenham provides them the lead in opposition to Manchester United early within the second half
After failing to impress on his debut in opposition to Wolves, Mount was nameless in opposition to Spurs and was changed late on. Earlier than that, Christian Eriksen had been launched from the bench, however his involvement solely added to the midfield muddle.
“With Bruno on the correct, the midfield appears to be like in every single place and the entrance three would not able to functioning as one,” added Neville. “Does he return to McTominay? Ten Hag has made 5 substitutions and never used him. It is nearly as if he’s managing him out of the membership.”
Lisandro Martinez’s personal aim doubled Tottenham’s lead in opposition to Manchester United
Ten Hag responds: The midfield performed properly
Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United ought to have had a penalty from a Cristian Romero handball however blamed their ending for his or her 2-0 loss to Tottenham
Whereas the previous Man Utd pair have been scathing of the midfield, supervisor Erik ten Hag appeared happy with how his gamers had carried out.
He informed Sky Sports activities: “The midfield performed properly. It was good. In fact, we are able to at all times do higher however you go for aim and depart some areas.
“Within the defence transition we have been higher however that was nothing to do with the 2 midfield gamers. It had extra to do with the defence squeeze and coming in three lanes to be compact from the far facet and within the second from shedding the ball, to get again in place out of your striker and No 10.”
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When requested if he was moreover involved about his attacking gamers, Ten Hag added: “Not by the attacking play however by scoring. That’s the identical challenge, we all know that. That is why we signed a striker.”
Man Utd additionally had a penalty enchantment turned down within the first half after a supposed handball from Cristian Romero, and Ten Hag was perplexed as to the way it didn’t translate right into a spot kick.
He stated: “I preferred it first half, it was an excellent efficiency of Manchester United besides we have now to attain. We created good possibilities. We had a extremely good press on the ball, we had good switches, many possibilities to attain and we deserved a penalty.
Manchester United’s enchantment for a penalty for handball by Tottenham’s Cristian Romero are turned down after a VAR verify
“I do not know why it isn’t a penalty. He modifies the path of the ball, the hand is true above. But it surely’s OK, it’s important to settle for it.
“The change within the recreation is, first we get rapidly three bookings – cannot occur. We have now to remain targeted. Pointless bookings. Then we swap off. In a single assault they’ve two large possibilities. That was no good.
“The beginning of the second half was positively no good. You must keep on the entrance foot. It was completely pointless to concede that aim.
“We did not collapse, we fought again however did not rating.”
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Keane: Convey again Stapleton and Whiteside
Whereas Neville’s issues have been targeted on midfield, Keane reserved his most withering views for United’s misfiring frontline.
After Fernandes’ obtrusive first-half miss, United hardly ever appeared like scoring and have been no higher after Anthony Martial changed Marcus Rashford for the closing minutes.
Keane stated: “They’re bringing on Martial – you would possibly as properly convey on Frank Stapleton and Norman Whiteside. Martial isn’t going to get you out of hassle.
“Rashford performed by way of the center once more. Common stuff. He is like a baby up there. He is clearly not comfortable taking part in there. His physique language and his first few touches counsel he would not wish to play by way of the center.
“However it’s important to. You have to do a job for the staff. You are wanting on the captain, the senior gamers, established worldwide gamers – simple to play in opposition to. That is the most important insult I may give to those Man Utd gamers.”
Onana: Spurs weren’t higher than us
Andre Onana says Man Utd have been made to pay for not scoring within the first half
Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana doesn’t consider that Tottenham have been higher than Man Utd on Saturday, including that gamers will tackle the accountability of taking part in for the membership.
He informed Sky Sports activities: “I do not suppose they have been higher than us. We made some errors within the second half however soccer isn’t solely about one half.
“We began superb and created possibilities. Sadly, we did not rating and this was a key level. If we had scored within the first half then it might have been a unique recreation for certain.
“Soccer is about scoring targets particularly if you’re taking part in in opposition to a great opponent. We had some large possibilities and did not rating. Ultimately it’s important to pay.
“We have now to maintain calm and hold working. If we work how we’re working then on the finish of the season the staff can be okay.
“We have now to recognise our errors as a result of on the finish of the day we’re collectively on this, we’re a giant membership and we have now to imagine the accountability.”