No Thursday football before this Sunday afternoon outing against an average Manchester United side meant Spurs went in to this game feeling very confident of a third Old Trafford victory in as many seasons. With United constantly showing frailties at the back this season, United were there for the taking. Sadly for us, it was the Spurs of old that turned up at Old Trafford and the first half showing was nothing short of a disgrace. Bentaleb was awful. His passing was off cue and he and Mason were totally overrun in midfield, with Kyle Walker giving a woeful display at right back. Kane was totally isolated and it was baffling as to why Pochettino waited until the last ten minutes to bring on Adebayor or anyone else. Lamela came on but he offers nothing of value. Nothing at all. At the start of this season, I predicted a 6th place finish and I am confident I will be proved right. Although we may finish 7th which could be a blessing as the Europa league has done us few favours in the last few years and the amount of games this season looks to have taken its toll. I agree that as the season has developed, the players have looked much fitter and certainly given much more in games than recent teams. The players have kept at it in the second half today and in the past would have easily shipped 5, 6 or even more goals, but their is at least a determined face about this Spurs team. What is worrying, is that we don't actually look that much better than we did by this time last season. We beat Arsenal and Chelsea at the Lane and those games gave us pleasure and hope that we were going in the right direction. A cup final resulted in no silverware and today has just about put paid to any ambition of a top four finish for Pochettino's Spurs. A lack of Champions league football could have repercussions for Spurs this summer. I don't believe that Eriksen, Lloris, Walker and Vertonghen will accept another season outside of the top four and another season next year chasing the shadow of top four football. There is also the issue of whether players will want to join a club that continually chases the top four yet fails to deliver. We may have beaten Arsenal at the Lane with a stunning performance but we are further than ever away from finishing above them. In fact, whilst they start to push themselves back into the title race, we are looking at being 7th or even 8th which would match the new managers record at Southampton. Taking the Saints to 8th was seen as showing his brilliance, taking Spurs to 8th is hardly a sign of progress and will cause concern. I still believe that Poch is the right man for the job, and he will bring players through from the academy, but today showed again, that he has no plan B and he still has a lot to learn. I think Spurs may be on the right long term track, but I am yet to be convinced that we are any closer to being a top four team than we ever were. A special mention must go to the Spurs fans who sang throughout today's game. Sadly the players on the pitch were not at the races and must re group and get ready to go again. Top four? Not good enough I am afraid. As we say every year.....maybe next season?