Heung Min Son returned from injury and scored twice as Harry Kane added another two of his own to help Tottenham secure a 6-1 humiliation of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
United had started brightly, winning a penalty in the second minute of the match, which Bruno Fernandes cooly converted but Spurs were soon level through Tanguy Ndombele.
The South Korean forward then added another to put Jose Mourinho’s men ahead after they had been behind inside the first two minutes.
On 28 minute, Anthony Martial was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Erik Lamela.
Tottenham inflicted more wounds on United as Harry Kane’s first and Son’s second saw the hosts concede four goals in the first half of a Premier League for the first time.
Serge Aurier rifled Spurs’ fifth early in the second and Kane added a sixth from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time as Jose Mourinho haunted his former club on his second return to Old Trafford.
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Spurs have now climbed to sixth position on the Premier League table with the win, which sees them two points behind fourth-place Arsenal after securing their second win of the campaign, while United drop to an unfamiliar 16th after a horrible performance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the game says: “At 2-1, we were still in the game, after the red card everything went wrong. You don’t win games by making individual mistakes, errors and a performance like that.
“It is embarrassing, I hold my hand up, it is my fault. It is not Manchester United. It is embarrassing, I hold my hand up, it is my fault. It is not Manchester United.
“It is not about getting players in but who is here. Today is the worst. I can’t say any more than that. When you are 2-1 down you are in with a chance, 3-1 down a minute later is hard. At 4-1 down it is about character and personality.
“We had to close their avenues to goal, but we didn’t come out with any aggression. There are a lot of wrongs today. We need to look at everything.”
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, however, says: “Manchester United don’t lose many matches, to lose by six is, of course, not every day. Historical victory but in the end three points and three very important points because we lost five points at home.
“We prepared ourselves very well tactically and also psychologically, the team was ready. So ready that a penalty in the first minute and going 1-0 down did not affect the team at all.
“Some people can say you play against 10 men for a long time, which is true but for me it is also true that 11 v 11 we were playing extremely well, we were creating huge problems, we were winning 2-1 and they could not find solutions to control us.”
Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Manchester United suffered their joint-heaviest defeat in the Premier League – losing by five goals for the fourth time in the competition, and for the first time since October 2011 against Manchester City.
- Manchester United have lost their first two home games of a league campaign for just the fifth time in the club’s history, with 1986/87 being the previous occasion they suffered two defeats from two at Old Trafford.
- Harry Kane has been directly involved in nine goals in the Premier League this season (three goals and six assists) – only Thierry Henry in 2004/05 has had a hand in more in the opening four games of a Premier League campaign (10).
- Spurs pair Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane have now combined for 26 Premier League goals; the fifth-most of any duo in the competition’s history, and the most of any current pair.
Premier League Matchday 4 results
Sunday 4th October 2020
- Leicester City 0-3 West Ham United
- Southampton 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
- Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United
- Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Fulham
- Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur
- Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool
Saturday 3rd October 2020
- Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace
- Everton 4-2 Brighton and Hove Albion
- Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City
- Newcastle United 3-1 Burnley