Louis van Gaal had suggested beforehand that a victory against what he described as a big team may be enough to turn Manchester United’s season.
As it turned out, this was a rather small time performance from Tottenham but the manner in which United rolled them over suggested that Van Gaal’s team have an appetite for achievement this season, after all.
First to the facts. This was perhaps the afternoon that the race for the final Champions League place in the Barclays Premier League was reduced from four runners to three, United, Liverpool and Southampton. Tottenham were pitiful. It looks as though it will be the Europa League, at best, for them.