Jose Mourinho enjoyed a jubilant return to Old Trafford, the Portuguese seeing his Spurs side hit a woeful Manchester United for six.
It was a frantic start at Old Trafford, Manchester United – virtually straight from the kick-off – advancing into the Spurs box and being handed a penalty as Davinson Sanchez clumsily brought down Anthony Martial, with Bruno Fernandes stepping up to maintain his 100 per cent record from the spot since his January arrival in the Premier League.
However, within two minutes of the opener, Spurs were level, an awful passage of defending from a throw-in – particularly from Harry Maguire – allowing Tanguy Ndombele to nip in and stab the ball home from close range.
Ridiculously, in the seventh minute, Jose Mourinho’s side had the lead. Maguire brought down his England colleague Harry Kane, only for the Spurs striker to play a quick free-kick to release Heung Min Son, the South Korean racing through before poking it past the advancing David de Gea.
Just as the game started to settle down, the drama cranked back up once more, Martial being sent off for a petulant reaction in a tussle with Erik Lamela, though the Argentine should probably have seen red for his part in the incident too. Within two minutes of the Frenchman’s dismissal though, the Red Devils were 3-1 down. A sloppy ball from Eric Bailly was intercepted by the sharp Kane who played it out to Son, before it was squared back to his strike partner who despatched the ball into the bottom corner with just 30 minutes on the clock.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) October 4, 2020
Spurs were playing their fourth game in a week but you really couldn’t tell, and seven minutes later, and after some more awful defensive positioning from Manchester United, they extended their lead, Heung Min Son bagging his second of the game from close range following a low cross from Serge Aurier down the right.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made two changes at half time, though it made little difference, Spurs extending their lead within five minutes of the restart as Aurier found himself in yards of space down the right before firing low across De Gea.
A miserable afternoon continued to get worse as Paul Pogba inexplicably went to ground in the area to bring down full-back Ben Davies, with Kane emphatically blasting the resulting spot-kick past De Gea to make it six.
5 – Jose Mourinho is the first manager to face a side he's formerly managed in the @PremierLeague away from home and score five goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs Cardiff in Dec 2018 (5-1). Medicine. pic.twitter.com/0eevr2xQ2i
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 4, 2020
Speaking afterwards, Spurs boss Mourinho was understandably glowing about his side’s ruthless display.
“Manchester United doesn’t lose many matches, to lose by six is of course not every day,” he told Sky Sports. “Historical victory but in the end three points and three very important points because we lost five points at home.
“We prepared ourselves very well tactically and also psychologically, the team was ready. So ready that a penalty in the first minute and going 1-0 down did not affect the team at all.
“Some people can say you play against 10 men for a long time which is true but for me it is also true that 11 v 11 we were playing extremely well, we were creating huge problems, we were winning 2-1 and they could not find solutions to control us.”
Asked about the red card incident, the 57-year-old said: “I didn’t watch it. Maybe later I will. If someone can cry about the VAR decisions it is Tottenham and if someone cannot cry about VAR it is Manchester United for sure. I don’t know, the only thing I know is we played extremely well. I told my players that a good result here would be to win and we did that.”
The result leaves Manchester United with just three points from their opening three games, while Spurs climb to fifth having played a game more.