Nuno appeals for support after Tottenham fans turn on manager during dismal Man United defeat

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Nuno Espirito Santo appealed for support from the Tottenham fans after the stadium turned on the manager during a mutinous defeat to Manchester United.

With Spurs trailing to Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning first-half strike, there were boos for Nuno's decision to replace Lucas Moura with Steven Bergwijn in the 54th minute of Saturday's 3-0 loss and chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' at the head coach.

Further boos followed second-half goals by Edinson Cavani and substitute Marcus Rashford, and the final whistle, while there were also chants of 'we want Levy out' towards chairman Daniel Levy.

A beleaguered Nuno said the fans' reaction was "understandable" after a fifth defeat in 10 League games but finished his post-match press conference by pleading for support.

Asked about the boos, the Portuguese said: "I'm only thinking about the next training session because no words will solve this situation.

"The booing and disappointment of the fans is understandable when they don't see the team they expect, a team that should play – and I truly believe we are better than what we showed today – they’re going to boo. It's up to us to change the mood.

"I believe we can do better and I trust these players," Nuno added. "I will support them and stick with them until the end but in a humble way I ask the fans to keep helping us and supporting us so we change."

Nuno insisted Spurs' performance, which followed the 1-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend, was not down to his failure to communicate with his squad.

"You can have the right message, the right idea and things don't go [to plan]," he said. "It's not because of the message or understanding of the message. It’s the game of football. We started well, we had the ball and didn't hurt too much.

"We had a goal that was not [allowed]. We conceded in a situation that we knew could happen and lost the momentum. Second half, we go again with the message but it's about what happens on the pitch."

Spurs failed to have a shot on target against a United side who were reeling from last weekend's 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool, as Nuno's team went over two hours without testing the opposition goalkeeper in the League.

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"It's hard to explain," Nuno said, when pushed on the reasons for Spurs' impotence. "We are better than we showed today. We should do better in certain situations. I truly believe we have the talent to do it but when things don't work out, the confidence is one of the first things to go. We have to regain it, not by words but by actions. And hopefully we can do better on Thursday [against Vitesse] and prepare for the next one against Everton."

Harry Kane was again anonymous, mustering just one shot all match, and also appeared to be the subject of ire from sections of the home support.

Nuno declined to directly discuss his out-of-sorts talisman and called for his players to "stick together and work" to turn around their stuttering season.

"We have to improve all of us, it’s not about individuals," Nuno said. "As a team we must do much better. It’s not only our offensive game. We are vulnerable in defence, we concede. We keep the ball, yes, but we had ten shots, none on goal.

“We have to be more accurate. The final pass is not always the right line. It’s behind or in front. We have to improve, do much better. It sounds absurd but the only solution is we try to stick together and work together."

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