“It’s like Conte’s Tottenham”…harsh criticism for Man Utd after ‘Manchester derby thrashing’
He criticized a lethargic Manchester United.
The Red Devils lost 0-3 to Manchester City in the 10th round of the 2023-24 English Premier League at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on Tuesday (Nov. 30). A multi-goal outburst from City ace Elling Holland and a further goal from Phil Foden saw United completely demolished.
In the aftermath of the game, United were met with harsh criticism. “United looked like Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur last season,” said Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard.
Conte arrived at Tottenham in the middle of the 2021-22 season and led the then-crisis-ridden club to a dramatic run to qualify for the UEFA Champions League (UCL). But last season was a problem. After a season of lethargic performances, Spurs sacked Conte mid-season. Head coach Christian Stellini and Ryan Mason took over the reins afterward, but it wasn’t enough to turn the team around. Tottenham finished last season in eighth place and failed to qualify for Europe.
This season has been no different for United. United were lethargic throughout the game. According to soccer stats site Footmob, the Red Devils had just one clear-cut chance on the day. City, on the other hand, created a whopping seven chances. They converted three of them into goals.
United’s struggles are not limited to this game. They’ve been in crisis mode all season. They’ve had a string of injuries to key players since the start of the season, Anthony was caught up in a controversy over assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and Jadon Sancho 안전놀이터 defied manager Eric ten Hague. It’s a mess on and off the field, and they’re playing at their worst. The club currently sits in eighth place in the league. But if they don’t turn things around, they’ll likely fall further.