Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 Match Review

Harry Kane of Tottenham

Updated: 13th July 2024

Ten-man Red Devils crash to record 1-6 defeat as Son and Kane strike twice

Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 – Old Trafford – October 4, 2020

Jose Mourinho humiliated his former club utterly as Spurs thrashed a Manchester United side down to ten men 6-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

But funnily it was the hosts that got the perfect start when Anthony Martial was bundled over inside the box by Davinson Sanchez and a penalty awarded with barely 60 seconds of the match gone.

Bruno Fernandes got one more chance to covert a penalty which he did, and the hosts were up 1-0 in the 2nd minute.

United's joy was ephemeral at the best as Tanguy Ndombele equalized within 2 minutes, with the Spurs midfielder hammering one in as defenders Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw all made a hash of clearing the ball.

United's defensive weaknesses were exposed further when a free-kick from Harry Kane barely six minutes later found Son Heung-min through on the goal with the Korean chipping the ball over a hapless David de Gea for Tottenham's second in only the 7th minute of play.

Things turned south for Ole Solskjaer's men as Martial was shown the red card for elbowing Erik Lamela on the face.

Down to ten men in the 28th minute, a Bailly's short saw Nemanja Matic come under pressure as Kane slide in to win possession on the edge of the area and the England skipper then finished for Spurs' 3rd with half-an-hour of the game gone.

Son doubled his tally from close range as Spurs went 4-1 up in the 37th minute. Tottenham became the first visiting side to score four first-half goals at Old Trafford since 1957.

Solskjaer brought on Scott McTominay and Fred at the interval to stem the tide, but could not prevent Serge Aurier from getting the visitors' fifth just six minutes into the second-half.

United's horror show continued as Pogba's clumsy challenge on Ben Davies allowed Kane to score his second through a penalty and London side's sixth to round off what was the most humiliating of defeats for the Red Devils since they lost to Man City by a similar margin in 2011.

The abysmal defending was at the heart of United's big defeat with £80m Harry Maguire being the chief culprits and responsible for at least three of the rivals' half a dozen goals.

Solskjaer needed to be thankful for the fact that Old Trafford was largely empty and the only noise coming was from the small visiting contingent in their celebrations.

United have dropped to the fifteenth spot with 3 points while Tottenham have moved up a few notches to the sixth with 7 points to their name.

Man Utd starting XI:

De Gea (goal), Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

Subs: Fred, McTominay, Van de Beek.

Tottenham starting XI:

Lloris (goal), Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Son, Kane.

Subs: Davies, Alli, Moura.

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