Tottenham Hotspur’s inconsistencies continued under Antonio Conte as his side were beaten by a Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Spurs twice responded to the Portuguese’s efforts but the 37-year-old headed home a corner from Alex Telles just nine minutes from time to hand Manchester United all three points on their own turf.
The north Londoners have slipped to seventh in the standings, as a result.
Conte will surely be seething on his way back to Hotspur Way after his side leaked more goals, in fact, it’s now 15 goals conceded across their last nine league outings.
Sergio Reguilon was a fine example of their defensive troubles up against the talismanic veteran as he failed to make the most of his return to the starting lineup. Indeed, in the absence of Ryan Sessegnon, the Spaniard made his first start in six games.
However, it was he who played Jadon Sancho onside before he made things worse with his appeals to the linesman, instead of tracking back with Ronaldo, who fired home his second past Hugo Lloris.
The 25-year-old, who is valued at £25m by CIES Football Observatory, somewhat made amends with his involvement in Harry Maguire’s own goal but overall, he was shocking defensively and that leaves far too many concerned amid their backline woes.
Reguilon was dribbled past on two occasions during the 90 minutes, on top of only one tackle and one interception, via SofaScore.
And just as football.london reporter Alasdair Gold explained in his post-match ratings column, the former Real Madrid dynamo was ‘indecisive in attack.’
You could also say he was ineffective too.
He failed to deliver a single accurate cross to Harry Kane and co from seven attempts, whilst from 73 touches (third-most), he was unable to contribute more than one key chance, also losing possession on 21 occasions – the most of any player on the night, also via SofaScore.
It meant that Reguilon gifted the ball back to the Red Devils once every 3.4 touches or once every 4.2 minutes.
Heung-min Son was one of many names criticised by the aforementioned Spurs reporter after the game but Reguilon failed to have any major influence on the game, one fluke incident that saw Maguire turn the ball into his own net doesn’t fully atone for his ineffectiveness in the final third, nor his weak attempts defensively.
He let Conte down up in Manchester this weekend.