Jose Mourinho returned to Manchester United and humiliated his old club as Tottenham came from behind to record a famous Old Trafford win.
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored twice, with Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier also on target as 10-man United suffered a defeat on a par with their 6-1 thrashing at home by Manchester City in 2011.
It meant it was not only the heaviest defeat since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took temporary charge in December 2018, but also the largest United have suffered since Ed Woodward took over as executive vice-chairman in 2013.
The result leaves United 16th in the Premier League, with newly promoted Fulham and West Brom the only clubs with a worse goal difference. Only West Brom have conceded more than their 11 goals.
United were completely outplayed, even before they were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when Anthony Martial dragged his hand across Erik Lamela’s face in reaction to an elbow in his neck.
In contrast, Tottenham moved up to fifth after emerging from a packed schedule of five games in 11 days in three competitions with a creditable four wins and a draw.
Terrible day for United
After struggling to bring in new players since the end of last season, the preceding 24 hours had been quite good for United, with deals for veteran striker Edinson Cavani and Brazilian full-back Alex Telles nearing conclusion.
The match could not have got off to a better start either as Davinson Sanchez barged Martial over inside the box within 30 seconds, which provided Bruno Fernandes with the chance to score yet another penalty.
After that it was downhill at a rapid rate for the hosts, who had lost their lead after four minutes, were behind after seven and by the break had conceded four at home in the first half of a league game for the first since 1957, bizarrely also against Spurs.
There was no disguising the abysmal nature of United’s defending, with £80m skipper Harry Maguire one of the chief culprits.
Maguire got himself into a real mess trying to deal with what appeared to be a routine ball into the box. Twice he failed to clear, as did Luke Shaw, allowing Ndombele to drive home his first Premier League goal in over a year.
If that was bad, what followed was worse.
Conceding a free-kick for a foul on England team-mate Harry Kane deep in United territory, instead of delaying the situation, which Sanchez did when faced with a similar situation at the other end not long afterwards, Maguire backed off. Kane simply slid a pass through the gap and Son’s pace took him clear of Eric Bailly and Shaw.
The third was a result of Kane sliding in to win possession on the edge of the home area after Bailly’s short pass had put Nemanja Matic under pressure, the England skipper finished after Son had crossed low.
A 14-minute spell either side of the interval brought another goal for Son and a rare goal for Aurier.
By this point, Solskjaer needed to be thankful Old Trafford was largely and the only noise was the visiting contingent in their celebrations. The thought of it being full to witness a humiliation like this is not a pretty one.
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- 1de Gea
- 3BaillyBooked at 63mins
- 23ShawBooked at 84mins
- 31MaticSubstituted forMcTominayat 45′minutes
- 11GreenwoodSubstituted forvan de Beekat 68′minutes
- 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forFredat 45′minutes
- 9MartialBooked at 28mins
- 34van de Beek
- 6D Sánchez
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forAlliat 69′minutes
- 11LamelaBooked at 32minsSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 45′minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forDaviesat 73′minutes
- 27Lucas Moura
Match ends, Manchester United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 6.
Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 6.
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).
Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ben Davies.
Goal! Manchester United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 6. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Paul Pogba (Manchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Son Heung-Min.
Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by David de Gea.
Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.
Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).