LONDON: Manchester United slumped to their worst defeat in nine years on Sunday as Tottenham’s 6-1 rout at Old Trafford plunged the Red Devils back into a familiar state of crisis.
United have not contended for the Premier League title since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
However, hopes were high that the club were on the up as they secured a return to the Champions League on the back of a 14-game unbeaten run to finish the Premier League last season.
That optimism has proven misguided inside the first month of the new campaign as United were also soundly beaten 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace and were incredibly fortunate to escape with a 3-2 victory at Brighton last weekend.
AFP Sport looks at three major reasons behind United’s woes.