It's official, Manchester United are no longer the force they were in the final decade of 20th century and the first decade of 21st century. A club, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, used to beat their opponents left and right, especially at Old Trafford. But now, under Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils look like a mid-table team, which is capable of only producing once in every two or three matches.
There isn't just one or two things wrong with the 20-time League champions presently. The lack of world class players in the squad, as compared to their rivals, is a major concern. To add to that, the club had a shocking transfer window, wherein only three signings were made, out of which only Fred is someone who'd be a first team regular. But the biggest issue currently in the team seems Mourinho!
The United manager, starting his third year at the club, has regularly moaned about one thing or the another. Be it the lack of transfer activity, scheduling of games, performance of his players or support of the fans, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss has complained about everything. Prior to the start of the 2018/19 season, he criticized his squad which went on the pre-season tour to United States. The list just goes on and on and on!
In the previous two seasons, he somehow seemed to get the results, even after being not happy. But this season, even that seems to go out of the window. United are off to their worst start to a Premier League season in 26 years, following their humiliating 0-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at home.
The Red Devils, coming on the back of a shocking 2-3 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion last week, were expected to put a much better performance against a team they always beat at Old Trafford. Mourinho made six changes to his team from the previous match, with a new centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones taking guard. There was also a start for Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.
During the first half, the players played with a lot of vigor, creating chance after chance. Romelu Lukaku should have given them the lead in the 13th minute, when a mistake by Danny Rose allowed him clean through on goal. But the Belgian put his effort wide of the goal.
Despite the miss, Mourinho's men continued their assault at Hugo Lloris and his defence. Though, their finishing lacked conviction, and that's where the game slipped away from their hands.
When the second half started, the crowd expected the home team to come out all guns blazing. But it was a completely different picture! In the 50th minute, Spurs got a corner on the right. Kieran Trippier put in a good ball, which was beautifully headed into the goal by Harry Kane.
The spectators were left stunned at what they say, but they had no clue that something worse was to follow. Just two minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead. Christian Eriksen was put in behind the defense on the right wing, after being played onside by Ander Herrea, and he played a lovely cut-back in the box, which was brilliantly finished by Lucas Moura.
And the humiliation was complete in the 84th minute, when Moura, put through by Kane, used his pace to beat Smalling, and then placed his effort past a hapless David de Gea. The goal didn't just hand United a defeat in this match, but also put another black spot in Mourinho's managerial career at the club.