Perhaps a reflection of the faith (or the lack of it!) that Jose Mourino has in Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. The duo were criticised by fans for their role in the second round defeat against Brighton and Mourinho, wanting to play 3 at the back, opted to ask Ander Herrera, normally a central midfielder by profession, to play alongside Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
It didn’t matter- United’s defence continued to be poor, none more so than for Spurs’ third goal and Lucas Moura’s second, when the Brazilian sent Smalling straight back to Maidstone United, with the latter failing miserably in a one on one situation. That’s not how United defenders of the past would’ve performed, and it indicates how badly things have fallen at Old Trafford.
United had their chances, the best of which fell to Romelu Lukaku, who took advantage of a poor backpass from Danny Rose. He rounded Lloris, but failed to find the back of the net from an angle.
Spurs had Toby Alderweireld- a United summer target that was denied to Jose by Ed Woodward. He was a commanding figure in the defence for the Lilywhites- the type of leader Mourinho has so desperately been looking for at Old Trafford, but has not got.
All three Spurs goals came in the second half, and the odds on Mourinho getting sacked were slashed even further. The man himself left the post match press conference angrily- asking for “respect” for his three league titles. The unfortunate bit though- those titles didn’t come at United, and it may be a sign of third season syndrome for Jose.
At this moment, United fan TV would probably make for better viewing than Arsenal Fan TV, that’s for sure!