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Schneiderlin blames United teammates for Spurs defeat


Red Devils midfielder says they should take a look at themselves

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin says he and his fellow teammates are to blame for their defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.

The Red Devils slipped up in their quest to derail local rivals Manchester City’s bid to secure Champions League football next season, losing 3-0 at White Hart Lane.

Three goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela in six second-half minutes left Louis Van Gaal and his players scratching their heads, making their mission to return to the Champions League harder than it already was.

“After the first goal we lost a bit of shape, maybe it was a mental thing,” the former Southampton midfielder said.

“In the first half we had possession and caused a few problems but after the goal it happened so quickly, three goals so quick cannot happen.

“Everyone has their head down like you can imagine. No-one would have thought that after 60 minutes it would have been 3-0.

“But fair play to them they got us when we were a bit down. Like I say it is us to blame.”

Spurs close the gap

While it was bad day for United, Tottenham made Leicester City’s 10-point lead at the top of the table short lived – having beaten Sunderland 2-0 earlier in the day – and keeping Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the title race.

United are four points short of fourth-placed City and 16 behind on goal difference, meaning they have their work cut out to gain the points they need to quality for Europe’s top club competition.

Defeat on Sunday means Louis Van Gaal’s job is coming under further pressure, with Jose Mourinho readily waiting in the wings to take over this summer – insisting he would prefer to stay in the Premier League than manage abroad.


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