BBC pundit says Spurs performance biggest disappointment of the season, ex-Arsenal ace defends

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Phil Neville criticised Tottenham's performance against Manchester United, while ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown sought to defend them.

Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville was particularly critical of Tottenham's poor performance at Old Trafford, commenting on Match of the Day 2.

Spurs lost 3-0 away to Manchester United, conceding all three goals in a dismal first half.

Neville said: "I thought they froze today. It was probably the biggest disappointment of a performance that I have seen in a long time.

"They had a softness, they were actually like the Spurs we knew from past days. You want your big players to stand up."

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino had earlier told Tottenham's official website that he was disappointed by the performance, while conversely, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney told the Red Devils website the display was their best all season.

Neville's rant against Spurs' performance was stopped in it's tracks however by co-analyst Martin Keown, a former Arsenal centre-back, who said: "Tottenham have played 13 more games than United, and I think fatigue played a part."

Spurs were 2-0 down after just 19 minutes and failed to get going. They were three down by half-time, and are now six points behind Manchester United in the race for the Champions League places.

As far as disappointing performances go this season, there was arguably an even worse one at the weekend, step forward Manchester City, who warmed up for their Champions League match with Barcelona with a 1-0 defeat against Burnley.

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