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Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Kevin Bond felt that something could have been salvaged from the game before Manchester United scored their third.

Paul Scholes was sent off for United while they were leading 2-1 in the second half, but Wayne Rooney ended any chance of a Spurs comeback.

“They went down to 10 men but that third goal really killed it for us,” Bond told the official Spurs site.

“There was still about 15 minutes to go and we still had the chance to try and wear them down and get something from the game, but that goal was a real sucker punch.

“Once it went to 3-1 it was game over. We desperately didn’t want to give that goal away because at 2-1 there was still time for us and I’m sure we’d have got further opportunities to get something out of the game.”

“We couldn’t have asked for a better start but on the whole, we didn’t play as well as we have in the first few weeks of the season,” he added.

“We didn’t get our game going, we didn’t get our passing going and as a consequence they got back into the game. They are a top, top team and punished us.”

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