Manchester United set to be punished by Premier League after Tottenham defeat (Sky Sports)

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It would be fair to say that Manchester United have a lot on their plate after they were humiliated 3-0 by Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Louis van Gaal's side capitulated in the second half to concede three goals in six minutes, but it appears they were already on course for a punishment before the game had even kicked off.

United's team bus was late to the ground because of heavy traffic, causing the match to be delayed by half an hour, and the Premier League are not happy.


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Kick-off was initially put back to 4.15pm, and had it stayed that way, the Red Devils would simply have been fined £5,000 in line with the Premier League's rulebook.

However, as the game did not kick off until 4.30pm, they now face a stricter sanction, according to Sky Sports. 

Teams typically arrive around an hour and a half before the game, but despite leaving the hotel at 1:30pm, there was no sign of the coach at White Hart Lane as late as 3:45pm.

If United are handed a financial penalty for the stunt, it is unlikely to be a significant one considering their resources. Nonetheless, it is another blow to their ever-deteriorating standing.

United humiliated

Only recently, the club was fortunate to avoid punishment after some of their fans sang offensive chants about Hillsborough in their Europa League game with Liverpool.

This time round, the Premier League may deem that United have suffered enough, losing 3-0 and possibly even waving goodbye to Champions League football for another year. Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela got the goals to keep Spurs in contention for the title, at the expense of United's top-four aspirations.

Equally humiliating was the barrage of jokes coming their way following the bus incident. One tweet read: "Might have been a better result for Man Utd if the game had kicked off on time while they were still on the team bus."

Another took the opportunity for a dig at van Gaal's notoriously pedestrian playing-style, adding: "Kick-off delayed. United coach stuck in traffic. Probably going sideways, sideways and backwards."

It's going to be a long, long week for Manchester United.

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