There have been few days in Premier League history quite as remarkable as October 4, 2020. 

Manchester United's 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham raised eyebrows, but Liverpool's 7-2 thrashing at Aston Villa a few hours later dropped jaws. Did that really happen? 

Those results at Old Trafford and Villa Park means there have been 144 goals in 38 Premier League games so far this season – making for an average of 3.79 per fixture - the highest in the top flight since 1930-31. 

Here, using Opta data, take a look at the key stats from Sunday's six games.

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool: Watkins-inspired Villains demolish champions

The reigning champions were humbled as ex-Brentford striker Ollie Watkins became the 10th player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Liverpool, taking his tally in league outings to 29 since the start of last season - more than any player in England's top four tiers. 

Jack Grealish, who also scored twice, became the second Villa player to provide three assists in a single game, following in the footsteps of current Reds midfielder James Milner, who did so in 2010. 

Ross Barkley netted a debut goal for Villa, while John McGinn was also on target, meaning Mohamed Salah's brace came in vain as Liverpool became the first reigning champions to ship seven goals since Arsenal did so against Sunderland in 1953.

Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham: Spurs smash Solskjaer's sorry side

There was little indication of what was to come when Bruno Fernandes tucked away a second-minute penalty at Old Trafford to give United the lead. 

Spurs hit back in style - Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane all on target before Son's second ensured United - who lost Anthony Martial to a first-half red card - conceded four in the opening half of a league fixture for the first time since 1957, which also happened to be against Tottenham. 

Serge Aurier added a fifth after the break and Kane then converted a late spot-kick as United suffered their joint-heaviest Premier League defeat, equalling their 6-1 home loss to Manchester City in 2011. 

As for ex-United boss Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese equalled his biggest ever Premier League win on the road, his team winning by five goals for the first time since Chelsea beat Swansea City 5-0 in 2015. It is also his first away league triumph against a team he has previously managed in the Premier League.

Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United: More home comforts for Arteta's Gunners

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal claimed a ninth win from their past 11 home Premier League matches, with only Liverpool (34) having won more home points than the Gunners (29) since their manager's first game in charge at Emirates Stadium last December.

Bukayo Saka opened the scoring before Nicolas Pepe finished off a 19-pass move, which was the longest sequence before a goal in the top flight this term.

Sheffield United pulled one back late on through David McGoldrick but Chris Wilder's side have now lost seven league matches in a row for the first time since 1975. It is the worst run for the Blades boss in his managerial career since 10 defeats on the spin when in charge of Halifax Town (February-April 2004).

Leicester City 0-3 West Ham United: Another amazing away day for Antonio

West Ham were the happy Hammers again at the King Power Stadium after making it back-to-back Premier League victories while keeping clean sheets for the first time since May 2019. 

Aaron Cresswell, playing his 192nd Premier League game, assisted two goals in a game for the first time in his top-flight career, Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals both profiting prior to half-time before Jarrod Bowen added a third. 

Antonio's header saw him become the first Hammers player to score in five successive away games, with the in-form forward netting eight times in that run.

Wolves 1-0 Fulham: More defensive solidity from Nuno's men

Having conceded four against West Ham last time out, Wolves were back to their stubborn best in a 1-0 win over Fulham that came courtesy of Pedro Neto's second-half strike.

It was Wolves' seventh clean sheet of the calendar year, more than any other Premier League club in 2020, with Nuno Espirito Santos' side not conceding in seven of their past nine games at home.

As for Fulham, they have conceded 11 goals from their opening four league games, the most they have shipped at this stage in a campaign since the 1960-61 campaign (14).

Southampton 2-0 West Brom: Baggies' slow start continues

A 2-0 defeat for West Brom left Slaven Bilic's men with one point from four games, their fewest at that stage of a top-flight campaign since 1985-86.

Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu scored past Sam Johnstone either side of the interval, with the Baggies goalkeeper only the second in Premier League history to concede at least 13 times in his first four games after Swindon Town's Fraser Digby in 1993-94.

The result sees the Saints march into the international break off the back of successive wins, while they have only lost two of their last 11 in the league (W6 D3).

Ousmane Dembele out, Memphis Depay in?

Barcelona want to reunite former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman with Lyon captain Memphis Depay.

And Dembele is believed to hold the cards amid Manchester United links.

 

TOP STORY – DEMBELE TO UNLOCK DEPAY TRANSFER?

Ousmane Dembele's exit is the key to Barcelona signing Lyon star Memphis Depay, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Lyon captain Depay has an agreement with Barca, but the LaLiga giants must reportedly first sell forward Dembele before bringing in the Dutchman for a rumoured €25million fee.

Dembele is open to joining Manchester United, who are believed to be eyeing the Frenchman as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

United are poised to complete the signings of free agent Edinson Cavani and Porto full-back Alex Telles on Monday's deadline.

 

ROUND-UP

- Goal confirmed Juventus are close to signing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The Italy international is set to join Juve on an initial two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy permanently for €40million if certain conditions are met.

Juve are free to bring in Chiesa as Douglas Costa prepares to move to Bayern Munich on loan, reports Goal. The 30-year-old previously played for Bayern between 2015 and 2018.

- Sky Sports says Milan and Chelsea are in talks over a loan deal for defender Antonio Rudiger. The Germany international is free to leave Chelsea, with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham also reportedly interested.

- Fabrizio Romano claims Roma are poised to sign Chris Smalling from United. Smalling spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma.

- Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is nearing a loan switch to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to Goal.

Ronald Koeman is not sure where Ousmane Dembele will be playing when the transfer window closes as the Barcelona forward continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Dembele has reportedly emerged as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho for Premier League giants United, who are determined to bolster their squad before Monday's deadline.

After watching Barca's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo from the stands, Dembele was once again an unused substitute in Sunday's 1-1 LaLiga draw at home to Sevilla.

Barca head coach Koeman was asked about Dembele post-match and he said: "What is certain in the world? I don't know.

"At the moment, he's a Barcelona player. There's still one day left for incomings and outgoings. We'll see.

"I opted for [Francisco] Trinao, Pedri and [Miralem] Pjanic [off the bench].

"We needed more control and that's why I made these changes."

Barca's 100 per cent start to the season was ended by Sevilla following a draw at Camp Nou, where Luuk de Jong and Philippe Coutinho traded goals.

De Jong opened the scoring for Sevilla in the eighth minute, but Barca star Coutinho restored parity just two minutes later.

Barca and Sevilla both have seven points from their opening three matches, three points adrift of leaders and champions Real Madrid.

"It was a difficult game," Koeman said. "They pressed us well. Our problem was that our play with the ball wasn't how we would like.

"They play good football, they press well and physically they're stronger than us. They're a top team.

"I think we played well, but we lost the ball a lot in the second half, so it's difficult to get into a rhythm in the game.

"I'm happy with the team's performance. The team was tired, but we fought until the end. But [we played against] a great opponent."

Antoine Griezmann produced another underwhelming display and he was the first player withdrawn by Koeman just past the hour-mark, like he was against Celta.

"The change the other day [against Celta Vigo] was tactical," Koeman added. "With Ansu [Fati] we had more penetration and pace - something we needed in Vigo with 10 men.

"Today, [Griezmann] had two opportunities [to score] and, for a player of his quality, he should've scored either of those two chances."

Liverpool and Manchester United both conceded six or more goals on the same day for the first time after respective 7-2 and 6-1 defeats to Aston Villa and Tottenham. 

United were cast aside by a rampant Spurs at Old Trafford, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier getting on the scoresheet. 

Yet the dust had hardly settled on that stunning result before Villa raced into a 4-1 lead by half-time against the defending Premier League champions, Ollie Watkins scoring a hat-trick before the break. 

Liverpool continued to struggle after the interval too – Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley inflicting further damage - as Jurgen Klopp's side were torn apart.

While United are on the brink of making two signings – Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles – to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad, Jurgen Klopp may well point to the impact of losing first-choice goalkeeper Alisson to a shoulder injury in training. 

However, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suggested the Reds' high defensive line, such a key component to their success last season, left stand-in keeper Adrian far too exposed. 

"I was almost laughing at the end. I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Carragher said on Sky Sports. 

"You don't associate it with this Liverpool team, it was a shocking performance, certainly the worst under Klopp, there's no doubt about that. 

"The thing for me was it seemed evident very early on. Liverpool did not start the game well, it was clear there was danger there for them. 

"Watkins said they worked on Liverpool's high line. Even though Liverpool have got a good defence, I don't like it and I don't agree with it as a defender. 

"This team play high up the pitch and almost sacrifice one big chance per game, but they look at the benefits because they press so high and win the ball. 

"You can't be too critical, you look at what this team have done under Klopp. But they started conceding goals at the restart, we put that down to having already won the championship. 

"It's a big game now after the international break, the Merseyside derby, Everton are top of the league. Is this a freak result or a trend through the last 10 or 15 games?" 

The scoring spree was in keeping with the trend at the start of the 2020-21 campaign; the goals tally now stands at 144 from 38 matches, an average of 3.79 per game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Sunday's 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham was his "worst day ever" but promised Manchester United will recover. 

The Red Devils took the lead against Spurs through a second-minute Bruno Fernandes penalty only to fall 2-1 down to goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-min following some abject defending. 

Anthony Martial was sent off for reacting to a raised arm from Erik Lamela, after which United collapsed, with Spurs going 4-1 up before half-time through Son and Harry Kane. 

A Serge Aurier strike and a Kane penalty compounded a miserable day for United, who last suffered such a comprehensive home defeat in the Premier League when Manchester City won by the same scoreline in 2011. 

"I hold my hand up, it is my fault. It's very embarrassing, it hurt all the players, it hurts me as the manager. It's my worst day ever," Solskjaer said. 

"It is the worst day of my career as Manchester United manager and the worst day for all of them as United players [but] it is not the worst day in Manchester United history, we have bounced back before.

"To explain now is quite difficult. We have been beaten 6-1 at home by a very good side but we have contributed a lot to our own downfall." 

The nature of the defeat, as well as the 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace on the opening day and the fortunate way they won 3-2 at Brighton and Hove Albion, has again thrown the spotlight on United's recruitment. 

Donny van de Beek, yet to start a league game, is the only signing they have so far made in this window despite weeks of speculation over a possible bid for Jadon Sancho, plus a clamour for defensive reinforcements. 

Alex Telles is due to sign from Porto on Monday, as is free agent Edinson Cavani, but any other incomings before the deadline appear unlikely. 

"It is not about getting players in but who is here," Solskjaer said. "Today is the worst. I can't say any more than that. There are a lot of wrongs today. We need to look at everything. 

"It's nowhere near good enough. When you have a defeat like this, you have to look yourself in the mirror. They are going away on international duty and the ones that stay have time to work. That is hard as we need to get together and battle."

Jose Mourinho does not believe Tottenham's 6-1 demolition of Manchester United will "destroy" Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his squad.

The 10-man Red Devils were utterly humiliated by Spurs in Sunday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Despite going behind to a second-minute Bruno Fernandes penalty, Spurs quickly turned the match on its head through Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-min before Anthony Martial was sent off for raising a hand to the throat of Eric Lamela.

A further goal from Son, two from Harry Kane and one from Serge Aurier completed the rout as United suffered their joint-heaviest Premier League defeat at home, having lost 6-1 to Manchester City back in 2011.

United's abject defending in the first three games of this Premier League season has seen them concede 11 goals. The only other time they let in at least 10 over the same period at the start of a season was in 1930-31, when they were relegated.

The humbling nature of the defeat will doubtless cast further doubt over Solskjaer's credentials as the manager to restore United to the summit of English football, but Mourinho, the man he replaced in the dugout in 2018, insists he deserves credit for an obvious overall improvement in the team's fortunes.

"I have sympathy for Ole because of the result," he told reporters. "I don't remember that I lost by six but I lost by five, I lost by four. I know how we hurt.

"I know it's very, very important that the winning manager behaves in a way where he shows sympathy. Of course, I want to win, and of course, I want to win by seven, not by six. Don't get me wrong.

"But it's sympathy in our behaviour. Today was him, tomorrow is me. Of course, I feel sympathy for him. I can imagine that tonight he's not going to sleep very, very well. But this is the hard life of us.

"But when I look to his team, there was an evolution. It's not like he arrives here and the team doesn't improve. The team is improving, they have good players, he bought lots of young players. Very good players. If it's true that [Edinson] Cavani is coming, Cavani is one of the top strikers in the world. Manchester United is Manchester United. It's not a defeat that is going to destroy them. I can imagine they will react like Manchester United always react.

"So, I feel sympathy for the result, but apart from that no sympathy because he has an incredible job and it feels like the players like him, they are with him. They are going to react for sure."

Solskjaer was incensed by Lamela's behaviour, the Spurs winger having flung an arm at Martial and then dropped to the ground under minimal contact as the Frenchman retaliated.

Mourinho, though, suggested United were fortunate not to see further red cards, with Paul Pogba having put in one or two heavy challenges and Luke Shaw having scythed down Lucas Moura as he ran towards David de Gea's penalty area.

"I didn't watch [Lamela's reaction]," he said. "For sure, for sure, for sure, Manchester United could have ended the match with eight players. I can say because some of the reactions were not far from me and easy to see. But I agree with [referee] Anthony Taylor for not showing more red cards to them because it would be a disastrous situation for them.

"So, for example, that Luke Shaw red card... okay, that's a bit... the situation between Lamela, Pogba and Martial, I don't know. I don't know. What I know is that before that we were winning, we were dominating, we were ultra-confident. And that's the only thing that made the game easier. But the game was in our hands."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepted the blame for a Manchester United performance that was "the worst you can get" as they lost 6-1 at home to Tottenham.

The Red Devils were utterly humiliated at Old Trafford on Sunday as they conceded six in a Premier League game for the first time since 2011's loss at home to Manchester City by the same scoreline.

Bruno Fernandes put United ahead with a second-minute penalty, but Spurs were 2-1 up inside seven minutes through Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-min.

Hopes of a fightback were scuppered when Anthony Martial was sent off for raising a hand at Erik Lamela, and Son, Serge Aurier and Harry Kane twice inflicted further damage on an abject United defence.

"You don't win games of football making individual mistakes, making a performance like that," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"When we get the start we did, you think 'Yep, we've got the game where we want it', and after you make a few bad decisions and you're suddenly 3-1 down. Of course, it's alarming, it's nowhere near good enough. I hold my hands up, it's my decision to pick the team I did. It's not good enough for Man United.

"When you have a defeat like this, which has happened at the club before, you've got to look at yourself in the mirror. They're going away on international duty, some of them, but the ones who are staying here, we've got good time to work. But we don't see each other for 10 days and that's hard now. That wasn't anywhere near good enough as a squad or a team."

Questioned on whether United must now try to sign defensive reinforcements before Monday's transfer deadline, Solskjaer replied: "We defend as a team, we defend from the front as a group and whoever we're linked with it doesn't mean it's true, does it? We're going to be linked with players all day long.

"But we need as a team and a group to get the performances as we did after the restart [last season]. We were a very good defensive team, we didn't concede loads of goals, but with talented players, it's something I have to look at because we can't be as open as we were today.

"You'll know by tomorrow night when the window's closed, but that's not about getting players in, this is about who's here and getting the best out of the ones here. Today was the worst you can get from these.

"There's a lot of wrongs there today, maybe the preparation we've given them... it's all sorts. As a coaching staff, we've got loads of time to do that now."

Solskjaer did not blame the defeat on Martial's dismissal, but he was incensed by the actions of Lamela, who flung an arm at Martial first and then went to ground under minimal contact.

"There's no excuse but he must be having an operation on his throat, the boy," said the United manager. "It's a bad reaction from Anthony, no excuse, but the game's not lost then and there.

"If that was one of my players, I'd absolutely hang him out to dry. If Anto had gone down, it could have been going the other way. But he shouldn't react like that."

Jose Mourinho took pride in Tottenham's "historical victory" at Manchester United and said the Red Devils had no "solutions to control us" in a 6-1 rout at Old Trafford.

United shambled their way to their joint-worst home Premier League defeat despite taking a 1-0 lead with a second-minute Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min each scored twice, while Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier were also on target against United, who had Anthony Martial sent off at 2-1.

It meant a very happy return for former United boss Mourinho and the Portuguese was effusive in his praise of his rampant side.

"Manchester United doesn't lose many matches, to lose by six is of course not every day," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"[It's a] historical victory but in the end [it's] three points and three very important points because we lost five points at home.

"We prepared ourselves very well tactically and also psychologically, the team was ready. So ready that a penalty in the first minute and going 1-0 down did not affect the team at all.

"Some people can say you play against 10 men for a long time which is true but for me it is also true that 11 v 11 we were playing extremely well, we were creating huge problems, we were winning 2-1 and they could not find solutions to control us."

Martial's sending off was not without controversy, with the Frenchman dismissed for raising a hand to Erik Lamela in an apparent retaliation to receiving an elbow from the Spurs winger.

But Mourinho suggested United are not in a position to complain about the outcome.

"I didn't watch it. Maybe later I will. If someone can cry about the VAR decisions it is Tottenham and if someone cannot cry about VAR it is Manchester United for sure," he added. 

"I don't know, the only thing I know is we played extremely well. I told my players that a good result here would be to win and we did that."

Dele Alli made his first Premier League appearance since the opening-day defeat to Everton, coming off the bench in the second half having only played a couple of Europa League qualifiers since the loss to the Toffees.

The England midfielder had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain but Mourinho insists Alli has always been part of his plans.

"He has never stopped showing, I always said that I never had a problem with him. Very polite, very educated, always behaving well. He is training well, sometimes I want different things from him on the pitch," Mourinho said. 

"That is more about his qualities as a player than other things. He is a fantastic player as everyone knows."

Luke Shaw insists Manchester United's players will take full responsibility for their humbling 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

United, who had Anthony Martial sent off and were 4-1 down by half-time, lost with a whimper at Old Trafford on Sunday, suffering their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat.

Two goals apiece from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane and strikes from Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier did the damage for Spurs, as Jose Mourinho inflicted a humiliating result on his former club.

Shaw, who was somewhat fortunate not to receive a red card for a lunge on Lucas Moura late on, conceded there are no excuses.

"A lack of concentration, sloppiness, a mistake, another mistake, even more mistakes," Shaw told Sky Sports.

"The red card didn't help but even after the first goal we switched off. It really hurts. A club like Manchester United shouldn't be losing, and they shouldn't be losing in this way so it really hurts and it's kind of embarrassing because I feel like we've let a lot of people down today.

"We let ourselves down and the staff down, it really hurts.

"Whoever's on the pitch, whatever the scoreline is, the players on the pitch are the ones who have to take the responsibility.

"We get given tactics, responsibilities that players need to do but when you're on the pitch the manager can give advice, but we're on the pitch.

"We have very high standards. We have that quality but it hasn't been showing. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror individually but as a team collectively we're nowhere near it at the moment."

While United's camp were left to reflect on their miserable performance, Spurs talisman Kane lauded Tottenham's ruthless streak, with the hosts having initially taken the lead through Bruno Fernandes' spot-kick.

"We got off to the worst possible start. But we felt good before the game, everyone was ready for a fight," Kane, who has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions for Spurs, told Sky Sports.

"Our reaction showed that, getting two goals. Getting the third and fourth changed the game, then it was about staying focused and taking our chances when they came.

"We felt really good before the game. It was the worst start but the way we reacted showed the mindset we were in."

If Manchester United were concerned about Gary Neville's opinions before Sunday's game with Tottenham, presumably they are now terrified.

The club were said to be frustrated with Neville, and other former Red Devils stars, for creating an air of negativity about their transfer business. "Inflammatory" and "disturbing" were the words United used, as reported by the Mirror.

How appropriate, then, that Ed Woodward was in the stands to watch the first half against Spurs at Old Trafford, a record-breaking 45 minutes of utter and abject humiliation that will have disturbed the executive vice-chairman to his core, and maybe imminent new signings Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles, too.

The manner of United's collapse after a second-minute Bruno Fernandes penalty was something not seen at this venue since a 6-1 hammering by Manchester City under Alex Ferguson nine years ago, the last time they conceded this many in a league game. The defensive problems laid bare at Brighton and Hove Albion, when a 3-2 win was built on the opposition hitting the woodwork a record five times, were back in the freak-show spotlight. This was a 6-1 home defeat, remarkable, horrible, and familiar.

First, Eric Bailly - ushered in for the under-fire Victor Lindelof - and £80million Harry Maguire contrived to set up Tanguy Ndombele for an equaliser, two sad clowns playing a game of head tennis with a tragic ending where Maguire pulled over Luke Shaw. The club captain then pushed over Harry Kane and let him take a quick free-kick, Son racing through to put Spurs ahead with seven minutes gone.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was nonplussed, his team apparently set on self-destruction, maybe as a show of solidarity towards Neville, Patrice Evra and others who are worried, as ever, about the direction of the club. Erik Lamela sensed as much, the Spurs winger flinging an arm into Anthony Martial's face and getting a brush from a gloved hand in return. Referee Anthony Taylor saw fit to send off only the Frenchman.

When Bailly's poor pass to Nemanja Matic let Kane score the third, when Luke Shaw literally ran away from danger to give Son the fourth, when Serge Aurier smashed in the fifth and Pogba laughed at conceding the penalty for Kane to make it six, you truly began to wonder whether this was orchestrated embarrassment. It was The United Way as viewed through a hall of mirrors, a twisted, unsettling commitment to entertaining football, to making sure their worst display under Solskjaer was at least memorable. Jose Mourinho, a survivor of the Old Trafford transfer-window chaos, allowed himself the smallest of smiles at 6-1. He certainly won't forget this.

Shaw was outspoken about the need to bring in reinforcements and ironically it is he who will suffer for it, his appalling display and the imminent arrival of Telles from Porto putting his place in the team in serious doubt. Cavani, too, can at least expect immediate football upon arrival if Martial is banned for three matches.

This game did not show what United need in the market; the watching world already knew a centre-back and a wide forward at least are necessary. It is also nothing new to see the club scrambling around for cheap deals before the deadline, weeks after rivals have got their squads in place, as onlookers wonder why this has been allowed to happen yet again.

A chief concern was the surrender itself, at the start of a season that threatens to become a nightmare. A team that went 19 games unbeaten from January 26 to July 19 now looks as brittle as it ever did during Mourinho's poisonous final few weeks in charge two years ago. A defence that conceded the third-fewest goals in the league last season has let in 11 in the first three games, the worst numbers since they were relegated in 1930-31. A team that finished third in the league and reached three semi-finals this year look less like title challengers than Everton.

Still the errors persist across the pitch, still Pogba infuriates with every other languid step, still they tire as matches wear on, even against opponents playing a fourth game in seven days. Still, too, there are players at the club shirking responsibility as the clamour for new blood grows deafening, nearly 18 months after a 4-0 loss at Everton that had Solskjaer promising to cut away the dead wood. Why should anyone expect change now?

Cavani and Telles are not bad signings, but they are deals borne out of panic, a desperate attempt for appeased pundits and positive hashtags. They are joining a circus, but at least it's one that never fails to entertain.

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane starred as Tottenham inflicted a joint-worst home Premier League defeat on 10-man Manchester United, who were hammered 6-1 at Old Trafford.

The woeful Red Devils conceded four home first-half goals in the Premier League for the first time having taken a second-minute lead through Bruno Fernandes' penalty.

Tanguy Ndombele levelled before Kane brilliantly set up Son to put Tottenham ahead before the favour was returned shortly after Anthony Martial was sent off, the Frenchman retaliating by striking Erik Lamela in the face after he appeared to be caught by a straw arm himself.

Son had a deserved second prior to the break, before the brilliant Serge Aurier added a fifth and Kane's late penalty meant the scoreline matched United's 6-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City in October 2011 and completed a joy-of-six return for ex-Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

Fernandes rolling in the early spot-kick after Davinson Sanchez clumsily chopped down Martial was as good as it got for United.

Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly's woeful defending allowed Ndombele to smash home via a deflection and Son brilliantly dinked over David de Gea after Kane's quick-thinking at a free-kick caught United's defence cold.

Martial's red card for raising a hand to the face of Lamela preceded more abject defending, with Bailly picked off by Kane before the England striker stroked home Son's return pass.

Remarkably it was 4-1 when Son got the run on Bailly to prod in Aurier's low centre before the break.

Aurier then drilled in Spurs' fifth after collecting Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's exquisite throughball at the end of a fine team move.

Paul Pogba, who failed to track Aurier for the fifth, completed a miserable outing by crudely bringing down Ben Davies, allowing Kane to lash home his second from the spot.


What does it mean? United need reinforcements, but is it too late?

It was evident well before this game that United needed to add bodies, with only Donny van de Beek signed thus far, but with the window closing on Monday time is in extremely short supply.

A lengthy pursuit of Jadon Sancho has not come off and rumours Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani are close to signing really could do with coming to fruition. A new centre-back would not go amiss either.

Kane and Son shine for scintillating Spurs

Mourinho's first return to Old Trafford as Spurs boss ended in a 2-1 defeat last December but his superstar forwards meant it was a much happier occasion for the Portuguese this time.

Kane and Son have now combined for 26 Premier League goals, the fifth-most of any duo in the competition's history and the most of any current pairing. At times they were unplayable.

United's defence all at sea

For as good as Kane and Son were, United's centre-backs of Maguire and Bailly were equally poor but full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were just as culpable.

The mind-boggling defending for the first was only the tip of the iceberg, with Wan-Bissaka and Maguire caught out for Spurs' second. Bailly cheaply gave away the third and Shaw – who squandered possession 16 times - was absolutely nowhere for the fourth.

What's next?

Spurs will look to continue their momentum at home to West Ham after the international break, while Solskjaer's men have to quickly lick their wounds ahead of a trip to Newcastle United.

Manchester United's awful first half against Tottenham saw the Red Devils set an unwanted club first in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men took the lead via Bruno Fernandes' second-minute penalty at Old Trafford but some lousy defending meant a quickfire double from Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-min put Tottenham ahead.

A red card for Anthony Martial compounded the misery before Harry Kane scored the third after being teed up by Son, with the South Korea forward grabbing his second and Spurs' fourth before the break.

It marked the first time ever in the Premier League that United have conceded four first-half goals at Old Trafford, while they had not let three in on home turf in the opening 45 minutes since playing Middlesbrough in May 1997.

The last time United conceded four goals in the first half of a league match was back in November 1957, also against Spurs.

Red Devils great Gary Neville, speaking in his role as a Sky Sports commentator, slammed United's lacklustre work in the transfer market – with only Danny van de Beek signed thus far ahead of Monday's transfer deadline – which he blamed for the team being so out of sorts.

"Manchester United came out of the coronavirus lockdown with class, they handled it well," Neville said.

"They then went and finished third in the league, then there was a couple of months before the season where, I believe, they grabbed defeat from victory.

"They didn't strengthen this first XI, they didn't strengthen this squad, and now they're scrambling on the final day of deadline to try and do something about it.

"It's not good enough – every other club's done their business. They've finished, they're playing together and winning games."

Aston Villa were the last team to concede four first-half home goals in England's top flight against Manchester City.

Edinson Cavani is Paris Saint-Germain's record goalscorer and now looks set to pull on a Manchester United shirt in the Premier League.

The Uruguayan spent seven years at the Parc des Princes, scoring 200 goals before being released at the end of the 2019-20 season.

By the time of his exit, Cavani had become a bit-part player for PSG, with data suggesting he had become less of a goal threat.

Here is a look at how the man known as 'El Matador' may have lost some of his killer instinct as United reportedly look to add him to their stable of strikers.

Cavani no longer a 'big-chance' predator?

In seven starts and seven appearances as a substitute last season in Ligue 1, Cavani had 20 goalscoring opportunities defined by Opta as 'big chances'.

Worryingly, he scored just four of those, with his 16 big chances missed the second highest total of all players in the French top flight.

His team-mate Kylian Mbappe was perhaps surprisingly at the top of that list, but Mbappe's 18 goals countered the negative effect of his 19 missed big chances.

Of all players with four or more goals in Ligue 1, only three had a worse conversion rate of big chances than Cavani's 20 per cent - Marseille's Morgan Sanson (11 per cent - scored one, missed eight), PSG's Pablo Sarabia (16.67 per cent - scored one, missed five) and Brest's Gaetan Charbonnier (14.29 per cent - scored one, missed six).

It hasn't always been this way

Cavani may simply have had a dud season from which he can recover. Being in and out of the team, with his future unclear, might have been clouding his thinking on and off the pitch.

Certainly, his longer-term record at PSG was beyond reproach.

In the 2018-19 season, his big-chance conversion rate was a sparkling 60.71 per cent (17 scored, 11 missed), and in the three previous campaigns it had been 44.44 per cent (2015-16), 45.71 per cent (2016-17) and 51.16 per cent (2017-18).

In each of those campaigns he was a far more regular starter, but the presence of Neymar, Mbappe and Mauro Icardi pushed Cavani towards the fringes, resulting in his exit and sudden availability as a free agent.

Haven't United's strikers been taking their chances?

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly thinks Cavani can be a strong spearhead in a team that arguably lacks a classic penalty-box predator.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were the top scorers for United last season with 17 Premier League goals each, and both had handy records when it came to the big chances.

England international Rashford netted 16 and missed 13 of those chances for a 55.17 per cent success rate, according to Opta, while French forward Martial scored nine and missed 10.

Cavani may turn out to be an upgrade on Odion Ighalo, who failed to score in his 11 Premier League appearances last term, all off the bench, and missed all four of his big chances.

Whether he can be more than that, and rediscover the form that made him so feared in much of his PSG career, hinges on Cavani's ability to show his final season in Paris was a blip.

Like his long-time Uruguay striker partner Luis Suarez, Cavani has found himself at a career crossroads. At the age of 33, he suddenly finds himself looking to make a new start.

Atletico Madrid and Suarez look a convenient fit, and United must hope they and Cavani prove similarly well matched. Reputations can hinge on deals such as this coming off.

Edinson Cavani is a "world star" who can handle the expectations that come with playing for Manchester United, according to club icon Ryan Giggs. 

United are expected to sign the 33-year-old, who has been without a club since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, after growing frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho. 

Cavani spent seven years at the Parc des Princes and departed as the club's all-time leading scorer with 200 goals. 

He was also prolific in his three seasons with Napoli in Serie A but some have questioned the deal due to the striker's age, as well as United's list of recent South American flops. 

However, Giggs - United's most decorated player - has backed the Uruguayan to succeed at Old Trafford, should a deal be completed.  

"It goes without saying that he's a world star," Wales boss Giggs said at a news conference.  

"My second game [as Wales manager] was against Uruguay and Cavani scored and I was really impressed with his work rate and quality. 

"It's about how quickly he beds in. We have seen South Americans who haven't really come and done it like [Radamel] Falcao, [Angel] Di Maria and [Alexis] Sanchez. 

"But Cavani, with his work rate, you expect him to make it." 

United have been in the market for a new player to supplement a frontline that already includes Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.  

And in Cavani, Giggs believes his former side are signing the right type of player to spearhead their attack. 

"I think United needed a centre-forward, needed that target man to score the goals and make that difference. Hopefully he can do that," Giggs said. 

"I think he will have no problem with the size of the club. He's got the experience to handle that.  

"But eyes will be on him straight away and if he does come, he'll have to hit the ground running because the pressure will be on."

Milan have signed Diogo Dalot on loan from Manchester United for the 2020-21 season. 

Although reports previously suggested Milan would have the option to purchase Dalot at the end of the campaign, no such clause has been included in the deal. 

Dalot, 21, joined United from Porto in 2018 to great expectations, with then-manager Jose Mourinho declaring him to be "the best full-back in Europe" in his age group. 

Mourinho also suggested in December 2018 that in Dalot, United had a right-back "for 10 years", but the Portuguese coach was sacked later that month and the player has failed to kick on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Dalot had previously been praised for his attack-minded nature from right-back and the quality of his final ball, but with questions raised over the defensive side of his game, United signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka last year in a deal potentially worth up to £50million. 

Subsequently, Dalot – who did also suffer from injuries – made just four Premier League appearances in 2019-20 and only one start. 

Nevertheless, it seems he still has a chance of resurrecting his career at Old Trafford given the absence of a purchase option in the deal. 

When he makes his debut for the Rossoneri, Dalot will join a long list of players to represent both clubs, emulating Joe Jordan, Ray Wilkins, Jesper Blomqvist, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Massimo Taibi, Matteo Darmian and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is still at the club.

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