Carragher: It's Tottenham not Real Madrid, I'd be worried

Louis van Gaal

Jamie Carragher took issue with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's comments after the club's loss to Tottenham.

Former Premier League defender Jamie Carragher has criticised the tone of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's comments after their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

United lost the key Premier League encounter 3-0 after a second half collapse, with Van Gaal praising his side for their display up until conceding the first goal to Dele Alli.

This angered SkySports pundit Jamie Carragher, speaking after the match was broadcast, who suggested Tottenham compared unfavourably with a top European side, and United should not be content simply to compete.

He said: "That's what it's come to. He's happy they are giving Tottenham a game.

"It's Tottenham not Real Madrid. I'd be worried if my manager was talking like that after the game."

Tottenham may not have the global big name galacticos of Real Madrid, but their results and performances this season have been arguably more well rounded.

Carragher's comments come from the perspective of a player who has been at a club, Liverpool, who frequently finished above Spurs during his career and did not see them as a top side.

Yet this season Mauricio Pochettino has really turned them around, and there is a real chance they can become a top European side, and prove it next season in the Champions League.

Manchester United meanwhile are still striving to recover to the highs of the relentless success under Sir Alex Ferguson, and to that end, Carragher has a point, that simply competing against another Premier League side for part of a game is not enough, they have to better than a 3-0 defeat that is for sure.

Whether Louis van Gaal gets another chance to face Spurs as United manager remains to be seen, with his job security coming under increased scrutiny as the club look set to miss out on Champions League football for the second time in three post-Sir Alex seasons. 

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