Shearer criticises 'Spurs-like' performance, singles Bentaleb out as his biggest disappointment

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The BBC pundit was initially impressed with Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United. But...

Alan Shearer has criticised a 'very Spurs-like' performance after their 1-0 loss at Manchester United, according to BBC Sport.

Indeed, the pundit and former Premier League striker says he was initially impressed with the north London side's approach at Old Trafford but was disappointed to see it didn't last.

And the 44-year-old singled out young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb as the weak link during the one-goal defeat in Manchester.

Shearer said on Match of the Day: "If I say to you it was a very Spurs-like performance. They started the game very well, had a game-plan to press high.

"I was actually impressed for 15-20 minutes. All of a sudden, they didn’t score when they were on top.

"And Bentaleb was the only guy who didn’t look fit for some reason. He gave it away once and then again. If you do that, eventually, you’re going to get punished. He did it again and that’s exactly what happened."

One to forget and move one?

Shearer isn't the only pundit to criticise Bentaleb, of course, who was at fault for the Manchester United goal on Saturday afternoon.

But the 20-year-old has generally been praised by the Tottenham faithful since breaking into Mauricio Pochettino's first team. As such, this will hopefully simply be a learning curve for a young, inexperienced midfielder who is still developing.

Generally, many were encouraged by Spurs' performance at Old Trafford, despite several of the same old flaws. We will get a better a picture of how the north London side are doing next week when they host Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

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