Photo: Andros Townsend's reaction after being substituted sums up his day

Andros Townsend's reaction on the bench summed up his day and that of Tottenham Hotspur.

Andros Townsend holds his head in his hands at Old Trafford, knowing that Tottenham's performance against Manchester United was simply not good enough.

An error ridden first half saw Spurs trail 3-0 at half-time, and as United eased off in order to consolidate that advantage, the scoreline remained the same at the final whistle.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino told the club website he was disappointed, describing the display as 'poor', unable to offer specific reasons as to why Spurs had been second best all over the pitch.

Spurs lost considerable ground on the top four as a result of the loss, remaining on 50 points, while United in fourth are on 56. Another season without Champions League football, and unfortunately the Europa League instead, looks a very realistic possibility.

Townsend had reason to rue his own day too. He was substituted after just 30 minutes, and not due to injury. Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC: "It was a tactical decision to help us keep the ball better."

He had touched the ball only nine times, and completed just three accurate passes.

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