Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur: The other lowest point of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign

Manchester United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last week brought back memories of another defeat last season. Of course, we’re talking about Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur.

The reason this result was handed back to damage was more than just the number of goals conceded. No, the second reason to remember this result was the threat posed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian, who had not been questioned much up to that point, suddenly saw his position cast doubt. He pulled out a wave of bad results; however, many speculate that he was the closest he came to being sacked.

To make matters worse, the hammered Spurs team was managed by Jose Mourinho. ‘The Special One’ apparently took pleasure in rubbing it in to his former employers that day.

And what a day it was. To expect a Spurs win at Old Trafford is a big deal in itself. But even the most optimistic fans of Tottenham did not expect such an outcome.

The two teams are going to clash once again this Saturday (October 30) in the Premier League. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this particularly infamous encounter.


The 2020–21 season started with a delay due to the COVID-19 disruption to the 2019–20 season. ‘Project Restart’ will begin when Euro 2020 was to be played.

The season would be completed, but there was relatively little business in the new season – which still started late.

Thus, when these two teams met on 4 October, United had played only 2 games and Spurs 3. It was strange to see at the time.

However, going into the game there were expectations that it would be a good one. Spurs started the season well; United, not so much. As if to make things even weirder, at the time it was Everton who were leading the league standings.

Nevertheless, both teams boasted good attacks – and they had a tendency to be questionable at the back. Many expected a high-scoring match; They turned out to be right, even though they likely could not have predicted which way the scoreline would turn.

Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur: how it happened

Few people remember this now, but at the time United had actually scored the first goal – and in the second minute, no less. The home side were awarded a penalty and Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take it.

The Portuguese attacking midfielder made no mistake, sending home the spot kick comfortably to give the home team the lead. It looked like Spurs were in for a long afternoon.

However, two minutes later a defensive confusion between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw followed – sound familiar? Tangu Ndombele equalizes by pouncing on a loose ball inside the box. 1-1 in just 4 minutes.

It went bad after three minutes. Harry Kane was fouled by Maguire and quickly took a free-kick, playing Son Heung-min through a disorganized United defence. The Korean winger produced a brilliant finish over David de Gea. 1-2 to the Spurs.

However, the turning point of the game came when Anthony Martial was sent off. He dragged his hand across Erik Lamela’s face and was shown a straight red.

A few minutes later, Son and Kane come together once again; This time the former played a ball across the box to make room for the English striker to head home. 1-3 now before half time.

Amazingly, it got worse. Serge Aurier lofted a low ball to Son, who finished cleverly from a tight angle. Spurs up 1-4 going into the break.

Aurier himself got on the scoresheet in the 51st minute. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played him inside and he fired a shot across the goal from the right side of the penalty box. 1-5 for Spurs and the game was well and truly over.

But there was no punishment. Paul Pogba brought down Ben Davies inside the penalty area and Kane converted the spot-kick. This saw Manchester United finish 1–6 to Tottenham Hotspur.


It was the third time United had conceded 6 goals in a Premier League match. And manager Solskjaer was not impressed with the performance.

“It is very shameful, it hurts all the players. It hurts me as a manager. This is my worst day ever.

“I’ll put my hands up, I’m responsible for this. I lost 5–0 with United and we lost 6–1. We’ve lost big results before and always come back,” he said after the game. Said after.

During this, Mourinho praised the performance of his players. “It is an honor for all of us to win 6-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford, given the dimension of Manchester United and Old Trafford.

“Happiness isn’t 6-1, happiness is the performance and the three points we really needed after losing points at home against Newcastle.

“The aim, the aim is every match we go in to win. I’ve told the players 1000 times over the last few days that a good result at Old Trafford is to win.

Ironically, United would finish second in the table behind rivals Manchester City. Meanwhile, Spurs remained in seventh place as their season crumbled afterwards.

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