Owen Hargreaves on the Manchester United weakness that Tottenham Hotspur failed to exploit

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Owen Hargreaves has highlighted on BT Sport’s Football Tonight show a Manchester United weakness that Tottenham Hotspur failed to exploit on Sunday.

The former United midfielder has pointed out that playing Juan Mata on the right wing was not ideal, and that it is one area which Spurs should have targeted during the Premier League clash between the two sides at Old Trafford.

“You can’t play Mata on the right wing, you can’t in a big game,” Hargreaves told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday. “I think they were fortunate to get away with it.

“I think Spurs were poor on the day, but normally Danny Rose would have run by him so easily. They didn’t really exploit that weakness. You would have thought that Pochettino would have done that.”

Spain international Mata is an attacking midfielder who is best suited to the number 10 role, but the absence of Angel di Maria was the main reason why he was deployed on the right wing.

The 26-year-old former Chelsea star featured on the wing during his time in Spain, but even then his performance on Sunday was brilliant.

Mata created two chances, put in three crosses and had a pass accuracy of 87% during the 77 minutes he was on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Tottenham left-back Danny Rose had a poor game. The 24-year-old struggled with the movement of Mata, gave away three fouls, and won just 56% of the duels.

Perhaps Pochettino did try to exploit the weakness that Hargreaves speaks of, maybe Rose failed him.

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