Jamie Carragher believes Timothy Fosu-Mensah was Manchester United’s best player in the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and that his side “fell apart” defensively when he went off injured.
Fosu-Mensah, making just his second Premier League start, was excellent against Spurs as he denied Harry Kane and then Kyle Walker with two blocks in the first half.
The 18-year-old was forced off at White Hart Lane after 68 minutes due to injury and his replacement, Matteo Darmian, was poor as Spurs scored three goals in six minutes to put the game to bed. Carragher singled out Fosu-Mensah for praise following the clash.
“I thought he was probably United’s best player on the day and as soon as he went off they just seemed to fall apart,” Carragher said.
“Two of Spurs’ goals came from that side. Matteo Darmian came on and he wasn’t alert to what was going on. I think it’s no coincidence that as soon as he went off, the game finished as it did.”
It says a lot about the current state of United that an unexperienced 18-year-old was holding together their defence against Spurs.
At the other end of the pitch, Louis van Gaal continued to put square pegs in round holes by playing Juan Mata on the right hand side, Jesse Lingard at No.10 and Ashley Young up top in the second half. Considering the amount of money United have spent recently, it’s completely unacceptable.