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Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s scathing post-match comments suggest Nuno Espirito Santo has lost the dressing room following the team’s dreadful 3-0 defeat to Manchester United. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford gave the Red Devils a well-deserved victory on Saturday.
But it was the nature of the loss which has left Spurs fans so furious, with the side failing to register a shot on target for the first time at home in the Premier League since December 2013.
Supporters chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ when Nuno decided to swap Lucas Moura for Steven Bergwijn in the second-half, and the Portuguese boss is beginning to look like he is running out of ideas for how to turn things around.
Speaking after the game, Hojbjerg did not hold back in his assessment of just how badly Spurs had played – and he seemed to want to say more before perhaps wisely opting to stop himself.
Talking to BBC Sport, he said: “It’s unacceptable. At home, where there should be fireworks and there should be determination, the character wasn’t there at all.
“And, yeah… I’d better not say too much…”
Hojbjerg was far from the only critic of Spurs, with Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane slamming their style of play as he watched proceedings unfold.
“Spurs are boring,” he said. “They are boring to watch. You’re looking for a bit of urgency. Nothing. I couldn’t believe how bad they were.
“Going back to when l played, we always used to say ‘it’s Spurs, you will beat Spurs’. This Spurs side was desperate.
“The biggest criticism of this Spurs team is that when they had a corner at 2-0 down, Spurs had three players back and United had everyone defending. You are 2-0 down at home! Abysmal. Job done for United.”
Questions will now be asked over how long Nuno will be able to cling onto his job, with upcoming games against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League and Everton in the Premier League potentially proving crucial.
The ex-Wolves boss was unable to offer any excuses when asked about his side’s showing following the latest defeat.
“It was a bad performance, simply that, we didn’t play well, Man Utd were stronger than us,” Nuno told Sky Sports.
“We are not on the right track, we totally understand their [the fans’] criticism, this season is part of football.
“The fans suffer when you’re not performing well. They have showed they’re not happy. We have to take it, tell them that we try our best, that we are sorry because we didn’t perform as we wanted, and we keep on trying.”
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