Phil Neville has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur need to review their options at right-back following the defeat to his former club.

Jose Mourinho took his Spurs side back to Manchester United for the first time since being sacked nearly a year ago and it was not a happy return for the Portuguese after he watched his side lose 2-1.

Neville believes that Serge Aurier was at fault for both of Manchester United’s goals having been caught in a poor defensive position.

Aurier has shown signs of improvement under Mourinho, but the Ivorian certainly had his worst game to date since the former United boss took over from Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have now conceded two goals in each of the four matches which Mourinho has been in charge.

The defeat means that Spurs have lost ground on their hopes of a top four finish with both Chelsea and Leicester City both winning their respective matches.

Neville also highlighted the absence of Tottenham’s pressing game, a tactic which worked well during Mauricio Pochettino’s first three seasons in charge.

“In the first 20 minutes of the first half, they were so passive,” Neville told EPL today.

“This has been going all season. We haven’t seen the press all season. And that is something he [Mourinho] has to address. They have conceded too many goals since he has come in.

“He needs to look at the right-back. The right-back for the first goal and the second goal. I know Sissoko made the foul for the penalty. The right-back looks like has a mistake in him. Sanchez looks like he is wobbling a little bit. 

“There strength was sometimes when they used to play three at the back. They just need to be a bit more defensive in terms of their shape, they are getting people back, but they are not marking.”

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