Tim Sherwood comments on Tottenham's performance against Manchester United

Swindon Town Director of Football Tim Sherwood looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic at County Ground on November 12, 2016 in Swindon,...

Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier started for Tottenham Hotspur as they were beaten by Manchester United at the weekend.

Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Liberty Stadium prior to kick off of the Fly Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur...

Tim Sherwood has claimed that Tottenham duo Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier were 'exposed' by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's tactics on Sunday.

Manchester United recorded a 1-0 win against Mauricio Pochettino's side at Wembley, with forward Marcus Rashford netting the only goal of the game in a thrilling encounter. 

Former Premier League winner Sherwood offered his thoughts on the match and stated that Spurs' expansive style of play resulted in fullbacks Davies and Trippier being 'caught' up the field. 


"They caught Tottenham by surprise," Sherwood told the Alan Brazil show on talkSPORT on 14/01/2019 at 8:45 am. "Solksjaer decided to leave three up the field, keep Ashley Young as a full-back tucked in and Luke Shaw. And they exposed it.

"Tottenham played very expansively. Their positions, Davies was caught up the field and Trippier bombs on and they knew they could get 1 v 1's with the likes of Vertonghen, who has been out for four weeks down the side. Once Rashford got away, he was never catching him. And then they get the lead."

Right-back Trippier gave the ball away near the halfway line on his side of the pitch, with Pogba eventually picking up the ball and playing a delightful pass over the top for Rashford.

Paul Pogba of Manchester United under pressure from Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium...

The England man, who was in the pocket of space on the left-hand side vacated by Davies, was left 1 v 1 with Vertonghen and he beautifully guided the ball into the bottom corner. 

Despite taking a deserved lead, the away team were on the back foot throughout the second half, with goalkeeper David de Gea pulling off some fantastic saves. 

Both Trippier and Davies played the entire match, with backup option Danny Rose on the bench and Serge Aurier not making the matchday squad because of an injury. 

Pochettino's side will be looking to bounce back when they make the short trip to Fulham this Sunday. 

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