Ratings: Eric Bailly is going to be a big miss in Sweden; Rooney can leave


Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday, the final game to be played at White Hart Lane before its demolition. It took Spurs just six minutes to break the deadlock through Victor Wanyama, with Harry Kane scoring the doubler three minutes after the break. Wayne Rooney got one back for United, seemingly off a Spurs player after some exciting play from Anthony Martial. United played awfully, a poor showing from the senior players, some of which are full England internationals. It was Spurs’ 50th victory over United at White Hart Lane, a fitting farewell for the stadium. United have some work to do ahead of their UEFA Europa League final against Ajax, which will be played a week on Wednesday. First, United will travel to Southampton on Wednesday evening, before entertaining Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Axel Tuanzebe made his second consecutive start in the Premier League, this time playing out of position, seemingly marking Christian Eriksen with both Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney also playing in midfield. It was too much to expect from Tuanzebe, who did well during his full debut against Arsenal, marking Alexis Sanchez throughout the match, which United lost 2-0. The unbeaten run in the league was well and truly over with two league matches still to play. United had done well until last Sunday, avoiding defeat from the end of October to mid-May, which is some good form, despite the fact many of the matches during the unbeaten run were draws. United now needed to win the Europa League in order to play in the Champions League next season, a competition where they do not really deserve to play in with too many players at the club past their best.

Goals: Wayne Rooney 71′

Assists: Anthony Martial 71′

Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Smalling Tuanzebe (Herrera 61′), Carrick, Rooney, Blind; Mata (Rashford 79′), Martial, Lingard (Mkhitaryan 61′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Darmian, Mitchell; McTominay

Bookings: Wayne Rooney 37′, Eric Bailly 90+1′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Not the best performance from De Get today. Conceded twice and could have gifted more. His goal was under threat during the first half and United were not up to dealing with it.


3 Eric Bailly

The best defender on the pitch against Spurs, despite playing at right-back. Had the chance to get back into the game before half time, but wasted the chance. Will be a big miss in Sweden the week after next.


4 Phil Jones

The England (injury-prone) international was poor at best today. Does not control his area, cannot get the better of players with any ability. Out of his depth and should be out of chances. He did redeem himself by stopping Delle All from scoring, but one right action does not make you Maldini.


Chris Smalling

Since his return, Smalling has been at fault for two goals. Many still remember him being the best defender last season, but it is the present, not the past which you need to look too. Not good enough. Offered leadership, but could not take ownership of his faults and there are many of them. Arrivederci from me.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

The 20-year-old was played out of position and looked out of his depth. Just did not make an impressing during the match, like he did a week ago against Arsenal. To see the likes of Jones and Smalling in defence and this talent wasted in another position was poor tactics from the manager.


16 Michael Carrick

The former England international was not at his best today. He and the rest of the midfield and defence was overrun by this Spurs side. Just not good enough and massive improvement needed.


Ratings: Eric Bailly is going to be a big miss in Sweden; Rooney can leave

Played his part in the first goal, not marking his man and Spurs scoring. Scored in the second half, but that does not make hims a superstar again. Out of place, out of sorts and hopefully out of the club this summer.


17 Daley Blind

The Dutchman was infixed by Spurs, tried to help his teem out when they seemed to be regressing, which was from the very start of the match. Not sure he's safe this summer with men needing to be found and boys needing to grow up or ship out.


8 Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder was back in the team but spurned a chance after Wanyama's opener which could have changed the game for United. Maybe not back to his best yet after injury, but needs to show why he should be picked over other players in the team.


9 Anthony Martial

Played as the central striker, but was not always central. He has the pace and ability on an off the ball to succeed. Had some good attempts to score and set one up for Rooney, but that was all. Perhaps not playing in the strongest side with much expected of him, which might have been a little unfair. United need some work this summer of a fifth season will have come and gone with United seemingly struggling.


14 Jesse Lingard

The Academy graduate did not seem to offer anything today. Unable to form a bond with Martial, unable to take on his man, not being as bulky as his opposition. Lingard is a decent squad player to have with a good work ethic, but there are much better players in the squad who will pip him the starting places week in and week out.



21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Tuanzebe. Brought the energy needed to take on Spurs. The goal came after the change, which seemed to see United play that (little bit) better.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Replaced Lingard. The Armenian was rarely involved in the match, which is a shame as the scored a decent goal win the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.


10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Mata. Had a great chance to draw level for United, but missed the opportunity. Brought speed and determination, but it did not pay off for United.


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