Manchester United showed how to exploit reported Tottenham target in the Europa League final

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks dejected after the UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Philip II Arena on August 8, 2017 in Skopje,...

Comments from Jose Mourinho show how he isolated Tottenham target Davinson Sanchez.

Tottenham are in pole position to sign Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez according to a report from the Sun.

The newspaper suggest that talks have started between the two clubs over the £35m-rated Colombian, but comments from Jose Mourinho indicate that the defender would be a poor fit for the Lilywhites.

Ajax's defender Davinson Sanchez (R) is watched by teammate Kasper Dolberg as he scores during the Champions League second leg football match between OGC Nice and Ajax in the ArenaA in...Ajax's defender Davinson Sanchez (R) is watched by teammate Kasper Dolberg as he scores during the Champions League second leg football match between OGC Nice and Ajax

Sanchez’s last game against Premier League opposition came against Manchester United in the high-pressure environment of the Europa League final, in which the Red Devils prevailed.

And comments from Mourinho a month after that match showed how he focused on Sanchez’s weakness with the ball at his feet to help obtain victory.

As reported by Tribuna Expresso, the former Chelsea tactician told students at the University of Lisbon:

“We let them go out to play, but blocking the right center, De Ligt, and letting the ball go to the left, Sánchez, who had more difficulties.”

Sanchez inability to play through United’s pressure forced him to throw long balls forward to lone striker Kasper Dolberg, who was aerially dominated by the Red Devils’ more physical centre-halves.

Playing out from the back is a big part of Mauricio Pochettino’s style at Tottenham, with Toby Alderweireld gaining particular praise for his passing ability in the Argentine’s system.

Ajax Colombian defender Davinson Sánchez (L) and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v...Ajax Colombian defender Davinson Sánchez (L) and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v...

If Sanchez is unable to negotiate a high press with quick thinking and intricate passing, then he would be quite unsuited to Spurs, a point that has already been raised on Twitter:

Pochettino is yet to add to his squad during the summer window, and is coming under increasing pressure to do so with under a month to go until deadline day.

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