Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that Tottenham are not “on the right track” after he was booed off the pitch after their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Spurs’ followers had already expressed their disapproval after the Portuguese decided to take off Lucas Moura in the 54th minute.
When Stephen Bergwijn took to the field, fans of the North London club repeatedly chanted: “You don’t know what you’re doing.”
Nuno insists he does – but agreed that things wouldn’t quite go to plan with Spurs.
“We are not on the right track and we understand the criticism – it’s part of football,” the Portuguese coach told Sky Sports after the match.
“When the team is not performing, the fans are showing that they are unhappy.
“It’s up to us to take it, tell them we’re doing our best. We have to keep trying and in a humble way we tell them to support us.”
On his unpopular replacement, he added, “We did it because we wanted to get one-on-one with Stevie and try to break it up.”
Some Spurs supporters were quick to blame the ex-Wolves boss on social media.
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Someone said: “Nono is definitely coming down***** k there.”
Another said: “Lucas Moura was practically the best player at Tottenham as he played 10 times last season.
“Nono should definitely have taken out Lo Celso instead.”
Another said: “I can’t understand Nuno punishing Moura. Too conservative.”
One said: “Nono is the only coach more ridiculous than Ole at the moment, and boy is it showing that.
“Take off Mora’s work rate?! A drunken decision.”
To make matters worse for the Portuguese, United doubled their lead within minutes after Moura retired.
Uruguayan Edinson Cavani finished second for United after he took advantage of a through ball from Cristiano Ronaldo before Marcus Rashford added the third goal late.
Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Graeme Souness were far from impressed with Spurs, describing Nuno’s side as ‘boring’ and ‘mid-table at best’.
Kane said: “Spurs are boring. Watching them is boring.
“You watch the match, they are the home team, and you think of it as if the stadium is empty.”
Souness criticized: “Not a bullet on the goal. Hmm [the fans] A frustrated group will come home and wonder where this team will go this year.
“It seems very obvious. The middle of the table at best.”
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