Tottenham: Mourinho labelled a 'stale manager'
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has three players who aren’t up to scratch following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. The home side went ahead through Son Heung-Min. But goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side all three points.
Tottenham went ahead against United through Son.
The South Korea international’s theatrics ensured Cavani’s first-half goal was chalked off and he then put his side ahead by tapping in from close range.
In the second half, however, United were a side transformed.
Fred levelled, Cavani struck with a flying header and Greenwood smashed home late on to give the visitors a crucial Premier League win.
For Solskjaer, it was a great day.
But, for Mourinho, it’s a result that will only add to the doom and gloom mood around Tottenham at the current moment in time.
So Express Sport will now take a look at the three Spurs players who aren’t good enough following the defeat in north London.
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Tottenham decided to tinker with things for the visit of United.
So Mourinho opted to deploy Serge Aurier at right-back over Matt Doherty, who has struggled ever since his summer arrival from Wolves.
However, the France international produced a torrid display as Tottenham crashed to defeat.
Cavani drifted away from him with ease for United’s second goal of the game, while he offered precious little going forward in attack.
Aurier can’t be trusted and Tottenham would be wise to offload him when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
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At the start of the season, Sergio Reguilon was one of the best players in the Premier League.
But that seems a very long time ago now and, against United, the left-back looked vulnerable throughout the whole match.
Greenwood exploited his poor defending on the left flank to score United’s third goal of the match, easing past him to find the net.
And he looked poor going forward, something that’s pretty uncharacteristic for a player of the Spain international’s talents.
Reguilon, on this form, needs dropping. Because if he continues to struggle like this, he’ll become a major Mourinho weak link.
Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso hasn’t had a good season.
With one goal and one assist from 14 Premier League matches, the Argentina international looks lost playing at No 10.
And, against United, he made very little impact as Solskjaer’s side claimed victory.
Lo Celso’s flat display was noticeable, especially with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes looking so bright for the visitors.
And Tottenham need a better playmaker to help their forwards flourish, especially given Harry Kane’s anonymous display up top.
Redknapp slams Mourinho
Former Tottenham star Jamie Redknapp has slammed Mourinho, insisting he must take responsibility for his team’s bad displays.
“I think you have to analyse [this game] by talking about the 6-1 earlier in the season,” he said.
“There were eight players then that played today and we didn’t talk about them being soft then. We didn’t talk about them being soft when they went top of the league in November.
“What Jose has done in this period is make them a really tough watch. You can say what you like about Spurs over the last 40 years but they’ve always been a good football team; they’ve always had a style of play.
“If Spurs fans were in here, I don’t think they’d enjoy that one bit. Too often I watch this Spurs side and there’s no real flair, there’s no excitement.”
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