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'Lads, it's Man United…' This shocking, spineless excuse for a performance is what we came to expect from Tottenham at their most timid down the years.

The kind of tame surrender that led Sir Alex Ferguson to once start his team talk with that most withering of put-downs.

Now the same could be said of this United team, such a pale imitation of Ferguson's great sides that you wonder just where they go next.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Man United's 6-1 defeat to Spurs as his 'worst day'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Man United's 6-1 defeat to Spurs as his 'worst day' 

Solskjaer said his side were 'nowhere near good enough' in a brutal post-mortem of the game

Solskjaer said his side were 'nowhere near good enough' in a brutal post-mortem of the game

It would be possible to dismiss a 6-1 capitulation as a one-off brought on by the harsh dismissal of Anthony Martial in the first half. Possible but unwise.

If this was an aberration then how do you explain the comprehensive 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace a fortnight ago? Or the incredibly fortunate 3-2 win at Brighton last week that should have ended in a comfortable win for the home side?

United could easily be on zero points now with a goal difference well into minus double figures after three games.

Throughout this horror show, the television cameras focused morbidly on Ed Woodward sat on his own in the stands. The United chief swigged nervously on a bottle of water, no doubt hoping there was something a little stronger inside and that his mask was big enough to cover the rest of his face.

Where now for Woodward? If he thought the rather puzzling move for Edinson Cavani over the weekend would appease fans fretting over United's lack of progress with one day now left of the transfer window, any vague sense of optimism was ruthlessly snuffed out by Spurs — and Jose Mourinho of all people.

Oh, how he must have loved this. Not only beating his old club but stuffing six goals past them playing some quite wonderful football.

The result puts pressure on chief Ed Woodward to sign players before the window shuts

The result puts pressure on chief Ed Woodward to sign players before the window shuts

As brilliant as Spurs were, United were awful. Cavani's signing feels like a sticking plaster and not a very good one at that.

Having spent the entire window pursuing a deal for Jadon Sancho, a young right winger who seems a perfect fit for United's ethos under

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