Tottenham: Spurs Smash 10-man Manchester United in Premier League

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The corner kick that followed the red card led to a goal and a calamity of poor decisions. Down a man, United was committed to trying to build from the back and de Gea played the goal kick a few yards to Eric Bailly.

Bailly tried to force a pass to Maguire, but Harry Kane came over the slid in to intercept the pass. Tanguy Ndombele hustled over to the ball to keep it alive popping it out to Son. Son played a cross back to his right to Harry Kane.

Kane of course knew exactly what to do with the ball and buried it past de Gea for the two-goal Spurs lead. Up 1-3 in the first half at Old Trafford Tottenham were not done.

Sissoko played an okay ball wide into space in front of Serge Aurier. Aurier – who is suddenly playing like a man fighting for his job – went toward the end line and crossed between Maguire’s legs toward the front post. Son came rushing in and got a touch on the ball that then bounced off de Gea and into the goal for Tottenham’s fourth in the first half.

Tottenham continued to pressure, with Kane missing a header before the half and then Aurier having a shot blocked after again getting in on the right to start the second. It was about five minutes into the second half, when Tottenham had their prettiest goal on the day, showing off some wonderful third man running football. Ndombele was attacking from the left and played it into Lucas Moura who was in the center of the pitch near the box with his back to goal.

Moura played a first-time ball backward to Højbjerg who himself laid a wonderful first-time pass forward into the space behind Moura and between defenders as Serge Aurier came running into the play. With his third attempt of the game, Aurier did not miss, as he slotted the ball far post past de Gea for the fifth Spurs goal.

Tottenham continued to push and eventually, Ben Davies was taken down by a lazy Paul Pogba tackle in the box giving Spurs their own penalty kick. Harry Kane did no dancing or jumping around, he just ran up and drilled it in stark contrast to the pageantry of Fernandes’ kick some 76 minutes earlier. The goal gave Kane his second, Spurs their sixth, and called game on a match that was not even as close as the 1-6 scoreline would say.  For Tottenham, it is a wonderful way to go into an international break after four wins in four matches this week. For United, let the inquisition begin.