Patrice Evra and Roy Keane were both extremely critical of Harry Winks’ role in the penalty incident that led to Manchester United’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw on Friday.
Spurs defended resolutely with men behind the ball for the majority of the encounter as United struggled to break them down and fashion chances.
However, the away side were handed a lifeline with less than ten minutes to go as they were awarded a spot-kick after Eric Dier seemed to bundle Paul Pogba to the ground.
VAR judged that no obvious mistake had been made by the referee by awarding the penalty and Bruno Fernandes calmly slotted home to make it 1-1.
Evra was less fussed about Dier’s error and more critical of Winks for not helping out his centre-half when he was in a one vs one situation with Pogba.
“He looks like he’s waiting for a cup of tea.
“He needs to close Paul (down), because he’s guessing, he’s guessing that Paul won’t beat Dier. And that’s the problem with modern footballers, they always guess.”
Keane also agreed with Evra’s assessment and insisted that Winks needed to be better at smelling danger.
The Irishman said: “Winks has to be back in there. As poor as Dier was, Winks is just watching. He might as well have sat with us.
“Winks has got to get in and smell the danger and expect his mate to get beaten.
“If you see Winks at the end there, he’s just strolling. Smell the danger, help your team-mate out.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While Winks has shown time again that he is perfectly suited to being a deep-lying playmaker who helps start attacks from deep, if there is one criticism to his game, it is his decision making, especially in defensive situations when the opposition has an overload. This is why the return of Sissoko is crucial for us as he helps us become more solid at the back. It also frees up Winks take more risks on the ball.
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