Nuno’s gone: Spurs manager sacked after Man United seal a comfortable 3-0 win

Tottenham Hotspur fell victim to the formation switch of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who risked a 5-in-the-back position to end the visitors’ winless streak of four games.

Already been dubbed on Twitter by neutral fans as ‘El Sackio’, the super Saturday clash between Spurs and the Red Devils looked to have more on the line than just points. Solskjaer’s position seems more secure as the 10th round of the Premier League concluded. As Ole fights to see another day, Daniel Levy has terminated the services of Nuno Espirito Santo after just 10 EPL games in charge.

It was a tense affair for the Portuguese manager, who suffered boos and jeers at the hands of the home fans throughout the entire match. The intensity grew as Spurs finished the game without registering a single shot on target.

Nuno sacked. Who to replace him?

The Portuguese manager split opinion. Some say he deserved more time; some say he didn’t have what it takes from the start. When the final whistle blew on Saturday, Spurs had not had a shot on target for the last 2 hours and 16 minutes of football. Can a new manager re-ignite the spark of Harry Kane, or has the England lion mentally checked out for good?

The Tottenham Hotspur board held crisis talks on Sunday. Daniel levy released a club statement at 9:50 this morning.

So, who to replace Nuno? Many names have already been thrown around the rumour mill however, there is one journalist many football fans trust as gospel. ‘Here we go!’ If Romano Fabrizio tweets it, then it probably has legs. Fabrizio tweeted that Spurs are invested solely in getting Conte on board and the rumours are that Antonio Conte is interested.

This would be an excellent managerial appointment for Spurs. Conte has won the Premier League, the F.A. Cup, Serie A, and has managed his national team. He is widely credited with the re-popularisation of the 3-5-2 formation. If any man has what it takes to turn the season around for Tottenham, it’s Conte. There are still 28 games to go, this EPL journey is far from over.

Another devastating loss for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur fans can always rely on one man to bring energy and passion to any game. Heung-Min Son showed his pace and skill as he plucked a ball from the air after a lovely pass from Moura, but the in-form winger shot just wide of the near post.

For the first 20 minutes or so, cracks showed in the defence of both sides. Shaw and Maguire both picked up yellow cards. Tottenham actually found the net in the 28th minute of play. However, the ‘scorer’, Cuti Romero, was deemed offside as he bundled the ball over the line from a set piece. Oh, how different it may have been if Romero was onside.

The first goal of the game came just 6 minutes before halftime. The two Portuguese stars, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo linked up to put Man Utd ahead. Fernandes sent a delicious ball across the box to Ronaldo, who perfectly executed a cross-goal volley. Spurs could have levelled the score at this time, as Moura and Son linked again just before the break. But Son narrowly curled his effort wide.

Ronaldo almost bagged a brace just seconds later with an awesome finish, but he too, was ruled offside. Ronaldo was involved with the second goal, however, nicely threading through a lovely through ball to Edison Cavani after Oliver Skipp was dispossessed. Cavani took his finish calmly for 2-0.

Spurs failed to muster any response. Rashford was subbed on and sealed the deal for Spurs after a good through ball from Nemanja Matic.

The Spurs Starting XI

GK

Lloris

DEF

Royal
Romero
Dier
Davies

MDF

Skipp
Hojbjerg
Lo Celso
Moura
Son

FWD

Kane

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs host Vitesse in the Europa League Conference clash on Thursday. It is unknown who will be in charge for that game.

Tottenham then travel to Everton for the EPL 11th round on Sunday at 2pm.