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Nuno Espirito Santo defends failed striker Harry Kane, insists Tottenham’s troubles are ‘collective’ after disastrous performance against Manchester United


Nuno Espirito Santo insists Tottenham’s problems are not due to striker Harry Kane’s misfires, but to his entire squad collectively after Manchester United were dismantled from Spurs on Saturday night.

A brilliant goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and strikes from Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford in the second half saw United move towards the points in north London and put more pressure on the Portuguese boss.

It was a miserable night for Spurs in north London

In both shelters, managers were facing the pressure, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fighting for his job after last weekend’s 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool.

But as has been the case so often during his reign at United, his side got a result when they needed it most, while Nuno’s side fell apart.

And speaking to talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface after the clash, Nuno said he understood the frustration of fans who booed his side and asked fans to stay with the team.

“We had a bad one. We did not perform well today. he said.

“It was a bad performance. We had the ball but not the shots on target and we weren’t precise on the last pass.

Nuno Espirito Santo defends failed striker Harry Kane, insists Tottenham’s troubles are ‘collective’ after disastrous performance against Manchester United
Varane was imperious from the back and seemed to face Kane with ease
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“We were vulnerable, we allowed counterattacks and did a lot of harm. “

Kane was booed by some Spurs fans during the game for his ineffective display, where he often dropped possession, but Nuno insists the problems are collective, not due to his striker.

“From the start, we have suffered these situations,” he added of his team’s lack of firepower.

“We’re starting the competitions well but with not too many shots it’s something we need to improve.

“It’s not just one player. It’s a problem for all of us, but we have to find solutions, that’s what we’re here for.

Nuno Espirito Santo defends failed striker Harry Kane, insists Tottenham’s troubles are ‘collective’ after disastrous performance against Manchester United
Nuno was heavily taunted throughout the clash
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Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton, who scored 17 goals in 44 Premier League appearances for Norwich from 2005 to 2006, is convinced the England captain doesn’t want to be at the club and doesn’t look happy under Nuno.

“How many times have you heard that, Harry Kane being booed?” ” he added.

“When forwards start to look disinterested, it’s normally because – and I’ve been there – it’s because you don’t like what the manager is doing, you don’t like the way the team is playing, you don’t like what you do in training.

“Too many times, I looked at Kane and Heung-min Son and they didn’t look happy.

“They didn’t seem to have anything going for them. There was no idea, there was no plan on how they were going to get back into the game. It depends on the manager.

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