Neville: Why I was 'shocked' by Tottenham's performance against United

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has explained why he was shocked by the way Tottenham Hotspur played yesterday.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said after Manchester United’s win against Spurs yesterday that he was shocked by Tottenham Hotspur’s performance.

United ran out 3-0 winners to solidify their position in the Premier League’s top four with one of their best performances under Louis van Gaal.

However, Neville has explained that he expected more from Tottenham, who struggled to compete during the game yesterday.

“I was shocked by their performance – I expected a Tottenham that would turn up, compete and make it a really difficult game, but that didn’t happen,” said Neville.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will now be analysing what went wrong during the game yesterday to try and ensure a repeat doesn’t develop in the match against Leicester this weekend.

Tottenham seemed to start the game quite slowly, inviting United onto them to build pressure.

Spurs sat back and allowed United to dictate the initial stages, with Mousa Dembele introduced after half an hour to inject a bit more grit and edge into the Tottenham midfield.

Neville was shocked because Tottenham had started to build a little bit of form after their defeat in the League Cup final at the hands of Chelsea.

The result has left them on the ropes in the race for qualification to the Champions League, with just nine games left to run in the season.

However, Manchester City showed with their first Premier League title that anything can be achieved as they overturned an eight point gap with just six games left in the season.

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