Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of "arrogance and over-confidence" that caused his side's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of "arrogance and over-confidence" that caused his side's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Spurs' attitude to blame for Man Utd defeat, says Alli

Time of article published Dec 5, 2019

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of "arrogance and over-confidence" that caused his side's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Spurs came into the game on a three-match winning streak under new manager Jose Mourinho but failed to build on that momentum at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford put United ahead but a piece of technical brilliance from Alli brought Spurs level, only for a 49th-minute Rashford penalty to secure the three points for the hosts.

"We had to match their energy. We lost the game not by them outplaying us - just attitude," Alli told reporters. "We weren't hungry enough and we were slow to every second ball, losing 50-50s.

"Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and over-confidence. We've been playing well.

"We have to learn from this. Games like this bring your feet back down."

The result saw Spurs slip to eighth in the table. 

Reuters

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