Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of finishing in the top-four this season were dealt a huge blow on Sunday afternoon as they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side scored three times in the second half through goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood, ensuring they inflicted revenge on the north London club for their 6-1 drubbing at Old Trafford back in October.
In truth, United could have had more than the three they did score, as Cavani had a goal chalked off minutes before Son handed Tottenham the lead. The Uruguay international, who has scored eight times this season, saw his effort ruled out because of a foul committed by Scott McTominay in the build-up.
The Scotland international was deemed to have hit Son in the face with his arm when trying to get away from him with the ball at his feet. It was an incredibly harsh decision on United’s part, but the PGMOL insisted that it was not part of McTominay’s “natural running movement” when leaving an arm behind him when trying to get United up the pitch.
The defeat has left Spurs six points shy of the top-four with seven games of the season remaining, meaning they will have to quickly try and get Sunday’s defeat out of their system ahead of their remaining matches.
However, the defeat to United, who are now seven points clear of Leicester City in second place, appears to have had a hugely damaging impact on the Spurs squad, none more so than Son.
After the full-time whistle, the South Korean ace, who has now scored 14 times in the Premier League this season, did an interview with Spurs’ in-house media and was almost close to tears when reflecting on the defeat.
The talented attacker said: “I’m really disappointed this afternoon. I really don’t know what to say.
“I’m really sorry about it and I feel bad. There’s always been passion from outside, from this stadium, and those who support us I know are really, really disappointed.
“I think they’re even more disappointed than us so feel really bad and sorry about it. A really sad afternoon.”
When the interviewer admitted to Son that he had never seen him so downbeat and low, the South Korean international added: “It’s a really sad afternoon because…(stops and rubs face) I really don’t know what to say.
“I know it sounds really crazy and it sounds really not normal that I’m down but it’s about the results.
“If we win I’m really happy and if we lose I’m really down for two or three days. So yeah, what can I say, we have to bounce back next Friday.”
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Since the full-time whistle, Son’s post-match interview is the only source of a response we have seen from anybody within the Spurs squad.
Usually, players tend to take to social media after a match to reflect or post a message of thanks to the fans for their support. Instead, there has been complete silence from the rest of the first-team squad, almost as though they are staging a social media blackout.
However, after it emerged on Sunday evening that Son had been the victim of racial abuse online, the reason behind his teammates’ silence on social media may be because of that, uniting as one unit in the fight against racism in football, which, sadly, seems to be escalating at this moment in time.
Some clubs have announced that they will be staging a social media blackout in their stance against racism.