Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United
Pressure mounted on Jose Mourinho after Tottenham’s top-four aspirations took another hit as Manchester United came from a goal behind to win by three goals to one in N17.
Spurs are now six points off four placed West Ham and despite Heung-Min Son’s opener, the Lilywhites were undone by second-half goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and one deep into stoppage-time from Mason Greenwood.
Coming on top of reports suggesting that Harry Kane could look elsewhere should Spurs not achieve Champions League football, Mourinho tried to deflect criticism from his charges: “They (Manchester United) have a fantastic away record. Why? They’re a very good team, but it’s the kind of defeat where I am not going home upset with my players.
“They gave what they can, and they gave it in two difficult situations. When they scored the first goal and the second goal, our best chances in the game were after they scored the first and second goal.
“We chose that mentally, emotionally the team was strong, was committed and was fighting to win the match.
“I don’t want to go deep on my analysis, simply give a compliment to a very good team that won the match and also give my compliments to a team that lost but full of players, full of professionals who gave everything they had to try to get a different result, which in my opinion we would deserve.”
Meanwhile, goalscorer Son said: “I’m really disappointed this afternoon,” he bemoaned.
“I really don’t know what to say. I’m really sorry about it and I feel bad.
“There’s always been a passion from outside, from this stadium, and those who support us I know are really disappointed.
“I think they’re even more disappointed than us so feel really bad and sorry about it. A really sad afternoon.”
Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action on Friday, April 16 when they face Evert9on at Goodison Park (8pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon, Højbjerg, Ndombele (Lamela 78), Lo Celso (Sissoko 61), Lucas (Bale 82), Kane, Son Subs not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Winks, Dele, Vinicius.
Manchester United: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire (c), Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Rashford (Greenwood 72), Pogba, Fernandes (Matic 90), Cavani Subs not used: De Gea, Alex Telles, Tuanzebe, Williams, Amad, Mata, Van de Beek
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Adam Nunn and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
VAR: Craig Pawson
Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard