Tottenham thrashed Manchester United 6-1 as Jose Mourinho enjoyed a dream return to Old Trafford after Anthony Martial’s first-half red card.
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs opened up a disorganised United defence at will even before Martial was harshly punished for an off-the-ball clash with Erik Lamela.
Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier were also on target for Tottenham, who showed no ill-effects of a draining week in their fourth match in eight days.
United’s worst home defeat since 2011 will turn the spotlight onto them ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday.
Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani is reportedly set to join the Red Devils, but it is at the other end of the field Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are in desperate need of reinforcements.
Mourinho, who was sacked as United boss in December 2018, has claimed his old club are too often the beneficiaries of dubious penalty decisions.
A second straight home defeat to start the season drops United to just above the relegation zone in 16th, while Tottenham move up to fifth.
Reactions to the Match
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “It’s very embarrassing, it hurt all the players. It hurts me as the manager. It’s my worst day ever.
“I’ll hold my hands up, I’m responsible for this. I’ve lost 5-0 with United and we’ve lost 6-1. We’ve lost big results before and always bounced back.
“I promise we’ll do everything we can to turn this around. We know how good they can be but today all our mistakes came almost like Christmas everything at once and if you make too many mistakes against a good team and you’ll be punished.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: “To win 6-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford is an honour for all of us, considering the dimension of Manchester United and Old Trafford.
“The pleasure is not the 6-1, the pleasure is the performance and three points which we really need after losing points at home against Newcastle.
“The target, objective is every match we go to win. I told the players in the last couple of days 1000 times a good result at Old Trafford is to win.
“Of course if you draw it’s not a bad result but that’s the kind of mentality we must get. It was a great performance, a great result. We have seven points, so our position in the table is so-so.”