Sancho's opener for Manchester United 'far too easy,' claims Hoddle

Jadon Sancho’s opener for Manchester United ‘far too easy,’ claims Glenn Hoddle as Tottenham concede early yet again following 6-1 defeat to Newcastle

  • Glenn Hoddle lambasted the Tottenham defence for Jadon Sancho’s opener
  • Tottenham conceded early yet again following chastening defeat on weekend
  • Ryan Mason’s first game in charge of the team after Cristian Stellini’s departure 

Glenn Hoddle has blasted the Tottenham defenders for the ease with which they allowed Jadon Sancho to give Manchester United the lead on Thursday evening.

The United winger gave his side the lead after just seven minutes, cutting in on his right foot after receiving the ball on the left-hand side. 

Commentating for BT Sport on Thursday evening, Hoddle praised Sancho for the finish but blasted the Tottenham defenders for their culpability in the strike.

‘Well it’s a similar position where they had a problem up at Newcastle. It’s an easy goal, far too easy,’ he said. 

‘Sancho, great finish. But it’s just too easy. You will see Rashford drift off, he just drifts off the three defenders and gets into a little pocket, turns too easily.

Jadon Sancho’s goal after just seven minutes was ‘too easy,’ claimed Glenn Hoddle on commentary

Manchester United took an early lead to pile further misery on the Tottenham players and fans

Hoddle praised Sancho for his effort but appeared to blame the Tottenham defenders for their part 

‘He gets the ball out-wide… this is the little pocket he finds, it’s too easy, he turns there is the tackle, he gets the ball back and it’s an easy ball out to Sancho.’

On TalkSport, Scott Minto echoed Hoddle’s sentiments, calling the goal ‘too simple’.

‘It’s too simple. It’s like the first goal at St James’ Park,’ he said. ‘There are three Spurs players, someone has to stop the shot. Romero is too busy trying to make sure his hands are behind his back.’

Tottenham’s start contravened everything the players – and interim boss Mason – had said ahead of the game, including defender Eric Dier insisting the players wanted to ‘apologise’ on the pitch, not only with gestures such as that which saw them reimburse the travelling supporters following Sunday’s defeat.

‘I think my worst footballing experience. Embarrassment, it’s the worst game I’ve ever experienced,’ Dier said. ‘They were incredibly clinical and they were riding a wave. We were doing nothing to stop it.

‘Yeah, I think we just had an open and honest conversation about where we’re at. I think we have to win every game if we can – first and foremost beat United on Thursday. All we can do is do and give our best.

He (Mason) knows the club inside out and he knows the players. Hopefully that translates onto the pitch as well.

Owen Hargreaves said the players needed to back up their pre-match words with actions

‘I think our apology has to come through our actions over the next month or six games. That’s the best form of apology.’

Owen Hargreaves said supporters did not want to hear things such as Dier’s interview, instead wanting to see actions on the pitch.

‘Fans don’t want to hear that stuff – you have to show it on the pitch,’ he said.

‘You can’t be 5-0 down. Show it from the off. You have to show it to these fans. You have to put it in.’

Marcus Rashford made it 2-0 to the visitors on the stroke of half-time. 

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