Harry Redknapp comments on Spurs' performance at Old Trafford; identifies possible improvements

Harry Redknapp

The former White Hart Lane manager had some positives to point out from Tottenham's match against Manchester United.

Ex Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has given his opinion on Tottenham's performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, in a post on Kicca.

The Londoners narrowly lost to the Red Devils, with the home side having to rely on an own goal from fullback Kyle Walker to record the 1-0 victory. 

Former White Hart Lane boss Redknapp clearly saw plenty of positives in the performance, despite the disappointing nature of the result.

"I thought Spurs played OK against Manchester United on Saturday," he is quoted as saying on Kicca. "During the first 20 minutes or so, until the first goal which was against the run of play, they were by far the better team.

"Let’s be honest, they restricted Man Utd to hardly any shots. The two centre halves were in control and the boy Dier looked good in midfield."

The two clubs shared possession according to the stats, but Spurs had far more shots on target than their opponents, who came in at the break without managing an on target attempt. Only an effort from Ashley Young forced Michel Vorm into the save, while Tottenham forced debutant Sergio Romero into four stops.

Despite their more numerous on target goal attempts, Redknapp said he thought the club needed further attacking options, as well as more speed in the side.

"They are short of another frontman and short of pace, when Townsend is fit he gives them another option and dimension," added the 68-year-old.

"Overall I thought there were positives for Tottenham, they were right in the game, they could have equalised late on and should have gone 1-0 up early on with a great bit of play between Kane and Eriksen. Had they got their noses in front they wouldn’t have been beaten.

"They played well but just lacked that cutting edge to their game."

It is likely most Spurs fans would agree with the club's former manager when it came to adding another forward, but Redknapp's comments on Andros Townsend will likely split supporters, with many feeling that the England international isn't good enough for the club.

Mauricio Pochettino and his players have a chance to show that they are an improved outfit when Tottenham take on Stock City this weekend.

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