Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane says that Tottenham were too relaxed for Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in their clash at Old Trafford, allowing the home side to retake the lead in the first-half just three minutes after Harry Kane had got them back level..
The Portuguese forward scored the opener in the game, latching onto a flick from Fred to blast his shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Spurs responded well, and won a penalty when Diogo Dalot was penalised for a handball in the box from a Dejan Kulusevski cross.
Kane beat David de Gea from the spot to level the game up, but that didn’t last very long either.
Summer signing Jadon Sancho beat the Tottenham offside trap to get behind the defensive line.
The England international then played a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Ronaldo, who couldn’t miss from just a few yards out to make him FIFA’s all-time men’s record goal scorer.
It put the Lilywhites one-goal down at the break in a crucial match that could determine the fate of the side that finishes in the top four.
During the interval, Keane discussed the issues Spurs faced defensively for both goals.
He said on Sky Sports: “It was a quiet start from both teams, bit nervous but lovely touch from Fred, Dier’s got to get out to him but Ronaldo, genius, fantastic.
“People still question Ronaldo but what I would say, if he’s on the pitch you’ve got a chance, look at that for a strike [the first goal], brilliant. Spurs have got to do better, brilliant from Ronaldo.”
He continued to discuss the second goal: “Very simple from United’s point of view, movement, nice pass, Sancho, can you produce? What a lovely goal, Ronaldo again, right place.
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“Really poor defending from Spurs – it’s as if they relaxed – you can’t relax against quality players like United.”
It marks a disappointing defensive display for Antonio Conte’s men, who had kept clean sheets over the past few games.
The Italian will be hoping that the Lilywhites can come back in a crucial game in the race for a top four finish this season.