Harry Redknapp has explained that Tottenham had a problem in their midfield during the defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday in the Premier League.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 away against United, as Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat since taking charge.
The Porguguese boss had won his opening there games across all competitions, but they weren’t able to compete on the same level at Old Trafford and definitely lost the battle in the centre of the park.
Ex-Spurs boss Redknapp has claimed that the issue against United was in the midfield area, where a lack of bodies meant they kept getting overrun.
Mourinho has preferred a 4-2-3-1 formation so far at the North London club, with Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko sitting as a midfield pairing.
But Sissoko was constantly covering the full-back area and there wasn’t enough as a collective from the front four.
“They played with almost four forwards, they never got control of the ball in the middle of the park. They haven’t got enough people in there that are going to keep the ball when you get it,” Redknapp told Prime Video’s coverage of Manchester United v Tottenham (10:15pm, 4 December).
“Sissoko ended up covering the right-back all night, he’s filled in spaces that Aurier keeps getting caught out of. He’s never been in the middle of the park to get control of the football.”
“He’s covered Aurier all night that’s been the biggest part of his game instead of being where you really want him in the middle of the park trying to get on the ball and control the football match.”
Spurs have looked a little short in the centre of the park so far under Mourinho and perhaps he doesn’t have the personnel in the squad right now to play a 4-2-3-1, so is there an easy fix for the manager?
One option could be to pack the midfield with an extra body and using a 4-3-3 system, which would mean sacrificing an attacker in the final third.
Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele or Giovani Lo Celso are all decent options to come into the team to help win the midfield battle, something which was their downfall against United in midweek.