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Ferdinand: Kane bullied United centre-backs

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand was at Wembley on Wednesday night to watch his former club dominated by a rampant Spurs side.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side ran out convincing 2-0 winners, and their talisman Harry Kane gave the Red Devil’s centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones a torrid time all night.

Ferdinand won six Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, and talking to BT Sport after the game he said:

“I think Harry Kane showed today why he’s the best striker in the league and one of the potent in Europe because he bullied Manchester United’s two centre-halves today, totally bullied them physically, bringing other people into play.

“The contrast between him and Lukaku today was so evident it was unbelievable. The ball going into [Kane], sticking, holding centre-halves off, bringing others into the game – that’s a real number nine.

“That’s the way you want to see a number nine play.”

The former international was also quick to point out the difference in the displays of Kane and United striker Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgium international again putting in a underwhelming display against a top-six rival.

To be fair to the 24-year he was not alone in being below par in this match. Almost to a man, Spurs players were far superior to the men in Red in every facet of the game.

Spurs victory and Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth has thrown the race for the top four wide open again, with only five points now separating the teams from fifth to second position in the Premier League table.