Tottenham were left licking their wounds after being completely dominated in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte’s men offered very little throughout the game without any other player, except for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, coming out with real merit on a night in which the club could finish runner-up in the Premier League with some positive result.
Here, Express Sport looks at the five worst Spurs players on the night. In truth, most of the starting XI could have found themselves on the roster given the abject performance.
The England centre-back typified everything that was wrong with Tottenham’s display last night and was arguably the worst player in the park. The 28-year-old lost the ball too easily to hand possession to the Red Devils for his first goal, while a weak challenge allowed Bruno Fernandes to score the hosts’ second.
As the team’s defensive leader, he also must shoulder most of the blame for the deep line that invited too much pressure. His performance was the kind that would give Gareth Southgate nightmares before the World Cup, given England’s problems at the position. Dier was expected to start in Qatar, but the Three Lions won’t get very far if he plays like he did at Old Trafford.
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There have been many calls for Bissouma to get more time in Spurs’ starting XI, but it will be drastically reduced after last night. The Malian was part of a three-man Spurs midfield that offered very little and drastically reduced the team’s attacking potential. It was disconcerting that it took until the 82nd minute for Conte to withdraw the midfielder to change the system.
Another of the three from Tottenham who was not covered in glory was the Welshman Davies. He was regularly guilty of sitting too close to Dier, which meant the Lilywhites accepted too much pressure on themselves.
Although also poor, Cristian Romero at least tried to be more proactive at times to make things more difficult for the opposition, an example that Davies should have followed.
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With a three-man defensive arrangement in central midfield, the responsibility for supporting the attack fell to the full-backs. Perisic did not. The Croatian struggled to advance and offer respite to the defense under pressure. On the rare occasions he did get into attacking positions, he was a boondoggle, with a poor touch to knock the ball out of play from a decent shooting position in the first half, somewhat summing up his night.
Criticism of Perisic could almost be copied and pasted for Doherty. The right-back was completely anonymous before being snapped up with 10 minutes left on the clock. He offered no offensive support to the isolated Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
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