Kyle Walker says he was 'shocking' against United last season - but he was much improved this time around

Kyle Walker

The Tottenham Hotspur defender has made a frank admission about what motivated him this time around.

Kyle Walker says he was 'shocking' against Manchester United during the 2014/15 Premier League season, according to London 24.

Indeed, Tottenham were brushed aside at Old Trafford last campaign and the 25-year-old defender admits he was not up to scratch against Louis van Gaal's men on that occasion.

And the Spurs full-back says he used that as motivation for this season's Premier League opener against the same opposition.

Walker told reporters: "Last season here [at Old Trafford], even for me I totally hold my hands up. Defensively I was shocking. I tried to come here and put things right."

Despite his own goal, the good news is he was much improved this time around:

 At Old Trafford TacklesInterceptionsClearancesMinutes Played
Kyle Walker 7 6 5 90
Mousa Dembélé 4 2 1 68
Eric Dier 3 3 0 77
Toby Alderweireld 1 6 7 90
Ben Davies 0 2 6 90

There will still no doubt be clamour to use Kieran Trippier more this campaign, especially if Walker's form hits the desperate lows it did last season.

But, as Opta stats show, the 25-year-old shone in key areas against Manchester United and was ultimately punished for someone else's mistake. Indeed, Nabil Bentaleb erred for the goal that cost Tottenham all three points at Old Trafford but the match reports will read Walker's name out as the man who let his side down.

Overall, this was a much better version of Walker at right-back than against United last term - and than most of his games last term as a whole. A great base for further improvement.

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