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Man Utd 1 Spurs 6: Kane and Son run riot after Martial’s red card in United’s equal-worst Premier League defeat

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THIS WAS A shambles from Manchester United, absolute shambles

Most definitely, the worst performance since Sir Alex Ferguson retired seven long years ago.

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's face says it all as Spurs thumped the home side 6-1

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s face says it all as Spurs thumped the home side 6-1Credit: AFP or licensors
Son-Heung-min and Harry Kane were the tormentors in chief, hitting two apiece for Tottenham as United slumped 6-1

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Son-Heung-min and Harry Kane were the tormentors in chief, hitting two apiece for Tottenham as United slumped 6-1Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Impressive Serge Aurier drills home Spurs' fifth goal after a delightful move

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Impressive Serge Aurier drills home Spurs’ fifth goal after a delightful moveCredit: Getty – Pool
Son Heung-min pounces on more woeful Man Utd defending to make it 2-1

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Son Heung-min pounces on more woeful Man Utd defending to make it 2-1Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Only the theme music from Benny Hill would have done a montage of their defending justice.

The double signing of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo today might be the only thing that will cheer United fans up.

Yes, Tottenham Hotspur were excellent, not least Harry Kane.

But United were embarrassing.

The Anthony Martial red card at 2-1 on 28 minutes was harsh. At the very least Erik Lamela should have gone with him.

But that cannot paper over some ever-widening cracks.

Spurs would still have won this game handsomely they were so much better.



When the fourth went in after 37 minutes the camera panned to Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward who looked shell-shocked.

Ole Solskjaer looked like he was ready to cry.

It was as well there were no fans in the ground, as it was even the murals tried to walk out.

You can bet in the homes and local pubs of the red faithful the air was blue.

It was the worst day for this to happen as well with frustrations already boiling over due to the lack of activity in the transfer market.

It will be a wonder if Edinson Cavani doesn’t announce his retirement rather than the fact he is signing on here for two years.

Alex Telles too will have been checking if Jet2 were still flying to Portugal from Terminal 2 at Manchester international.

Striker Harry Kane rounds off the romp from the penalty spot as Tottenham moved up to fifth

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Striker Harry Kane rounds off the romp from the penalty spot as Tottenham moved up to fifthCredit: Ian Hodgson – Daily Mail
Anthony Martial earned a red for a soft retaliation on grounded Spurs ace Erik Lamela

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Anthony Martial earned a red for a soft retaliation on grounded Spurs ace Erik LamelaCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Old Trafford keeper David de Gea reflects on one of the most miserable defeats in Man Utd's recent history

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Old Trafford keeper David de Gea reflects on one of the most miserable defeats in Man Utd’s recent historyCredit: Ian Hodgson – Daily Mail

So where to start, well United actually went ahead with, you guessed it, a penalty.

Just 23 seconds were gone when Anthony Martial was felled by Davinson Sanchez and the ever-reliable Bruno Fernandes slotted home the kick.

The lead lasted just a couple of minutes as three of United’s back four combined to produce the most comical piece of defending you are likely to see.

Harry Maguire who is getting worse with every appearance heads to Eric Bally who then heads it up and back to his captain.

Maguire’s head back to David de Gea is way short but the problems were compounded when Luke Shaw wrapped himself around Lamela and teed up Tanguy Ndombele to score.

There was worse to come.

Maguire had clearly been told to push high up on Kane yet that left acres of space behind him as the Spurs striker is starting to drop and leave openings for others.

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The England ace seems to enjoy assisting as much as he scores at the minute, that’s six now this season to go with his eight goals.

After Maguire bundled him over 40 yards out Kane was alert to take a quick free kick putting Heung-Min Son clean through to clip a shot past De Gea.

United were all over the place, rudderless, leaderless.

The captain dare not try to rally the troops at that point as he was the worst player on the pitch.

The red card compounded the problems still further.

As a crowded area waited for a Spurs corner, Lamela put his elbow into Martial’s chin and the United striker reacted by giving him a slap on his chin.

It was the slightest touch but didn’t stop Lamela going down as if Tyson Fury had administered it.

Two-goal Harry Kane and Co celebrate and surely can hardly believe their luck too as they hit Man Utd for six

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Two-goal Harry Kane and Co celebrate and surely can hardly believe their luck too as they hit Man Utd for sixCredit: EPA
Bruno Fernandes provided a false dawn for Man Utd with his second-minute penalty opener

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Bruno Fernandes provided a false dawn for Man Utd with his second-minute penalty openerCredit: Reuters
Tanguy Ndombele soon fired Spurs level as an amazing turnaround posed huge question marks about Man Utd and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Tanguy Ndombele soon fired Spurs level as an amazing turnaround posed huge question marks about Man Utd and Ole Gunnar SolskjaerCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

If Martial was going then Lamela had too as well but only the United player saw red.

Tottenham meanwhile saw more goals on the horizon.

The third came on 31 minutes.

United are simply not good enough to play it out from the back so why do they keep trying.

Bailly’s loose pass was cut out by a sliding Harry Kane who got up to receive a square ball back from Son to fire home.

The circus was in full swing and next up came the Maguire-Shaw show again.

MASSIVE HOLE

Shaw raced away from the middle of the box to cut out what he thought was going to be a backwards pass from Serge Aurier.

Best leave the predictive stuff to Mystic Meg Luke.

He left a massive hole in the box when Aurier instead slipped a near-post ball though Maguire’s legs for Son to clip home at the near post.

Spurs went further ahead just six minutes after the break when a dawdling Pogba failed to track Aurier who fired across Dea Gea and just inside the far post.

Pogba was not done sliding in on Ben Davies to conceded a 79th minute penalty which Kane blasted home to make it six.

That matched the score Manchester City famously notched up back here back in October 2011.

The final whistle ended the humiliation.

The post mortems were just starting.

Solskjaer reveals Man Utd ‘have been working’ on transfers but refuses to stick boot into Woodward over failed targets

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Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘a millimetre’ away from Arsenal transfer as Wenger reveals failed deal still ‘makes him sweat’

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CRISTIANO RONALDO was really close to making a move to Arsenal – and former boss Arsene Wenger says its failure to materialise still haunts him

In an interview with magazine FourFourTwo to be released in November, Wenger claims that he nearly completed the signing of the Portugese ace when Thierry Henry was still at the club, and the thought of them playing together still makes him sweat.

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Wenger still rues missing out on RonaldoCredit: PA:Press Association

He said: “When I had Thierry, I could have signed (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

“Can you imagine what they could have done together?

“That makes you sweat a little bit, and I was very close to doing it. I thought it was all done.”

When probed on how close it was to happening he held his index finger and thumb within a millimetre of each other and said: “It was that close.”

The Gunners had even got Ronaldo a shirt and welcomed his mother to the stadium.

Wenger exclaimed: “He had the shirt of Arsenal – I had lunch with him and his mother at the training ground!”

But just when the transfer seemed to be a formality, Wenger’s adversary, former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his newly-appointed assistant swooped in and stole Ronaldo from Arsenal.

The ex-Gunners boss recalled the moment it happened and revealed that United financially out-muscled them from the deal.

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He said: “We had an agreement with Sporting and Man United took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.

“But we had an agreement basically.”

Ronaldo’s star rose meteorically at United and he helped them win three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

His impressive performances caught the eyes of Madrid who signed him for £80million in 2009.

He became known as arguably the best player in the world while in Spain, and was regularly pitted against rival Lionel Messi for the coveted title.

Ronaldo then went on to join Juventus and represented his national team Portugal throughout his career.

His list of achievements are endless and he has won five Champions League titles and been named Ballon d’Or winner five times, as well as winning four Club World Cups and domestic titles in England, Spain and Italy.

The 35-year-old has scored 641 career goals at club level plus another 101 on the international stage as Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer.

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David Coote DROPPED from referee role for first time this season after gaffe in Pickford’s horror tackle on Van Dijk

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PREMIER LEAGUE official David Coote has been dropped from referee and VAR duties this weekend after his blunder in the Merseyside derby.

Coote failed to check whether Jordan Pickford’s season-ending tackle on Virgil van Dijk should have been a red card in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.

David Coote has been dropped from ref and VAR duties this weekend

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David Coote has been dropped from ref and VAR duties this weekendCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Coote failed to check if Jordan Pickford should have been sent off for his horror tackle on Virgil Van Dijk

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Coote failed to check if Jordan Pickford should have been sent off for his horror tackle on Virgil Van DijkCredit: PA:Press Association

And he has now been given the boot for the first time this season.

Coote will be on fourth official duties instead where he will be on the touchline for Manchester City’s visit to West Ham.

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3pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil AXED from Gunners squad, Joelson Fernandes £17m transfer bid, Aubameyang blasts critics

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MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the playmaker.

Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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