Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United Summary
Manchester United swept Tottenham Hotspur aside in the second half to win 1-3. United were controversially denied the opener after an awful refereeing decision from both Chris Kavanaugh and Craig Pawson (VAR) and a bad dive from Son. Ironically, Son opened the scoring for Spurs after great play from Kane and Moura but poor from Rashford and Lindelof.
United reacted well and just under 10 minutes into the second half, United equalised. Fred was crucial in the brilliant build-up and threaded Cavani through and when El Matador’s shot was saved, Fred tapped in the rebound. Manchester United were totally dominant against Tottenham but it took till the 79th minute to get their winning goal. Again, great play from United down the right and Bruno nutmegged Reguilon to tee Greenwood up for a delightful cross into Edinson Cavani, whose diving header was inch-perfect. United ended the game emphatically as Pogba drove straight through Hojbjerg and Dier and fed Greenwood who fired the ball into the near post and confirmed the win.
United have pushed seven points clear of Leicester and remain nine points behind fifth placed Chelsea. What’s more is they have narrowed the gap to City very marginally. On the other side, the defeat to Manchester United has made a huge dent in Tottenham Hotspur’s chances for Champions League football and raised all kinds of questions at the club. Now Manchester United need to kill off the Granada tie at Old Trafford before an important home game against Burnley – a side United have never won against at Old Trafford since their promotion in 2016. A huge chance to redeem last year’s disgraceful performance.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United Player Ratings
Hugo Lloris 7/10
The Tottenham captian made some excellent saves against Manchester United and was unlucky with the rebound to Fred but should have done better with Greenwood’s effort.
Serge Aurier 4/10
Poor in attack but did offer width. Unfortunately it meant Spurs were weak in defence. Even when he was told to sit back, he was not great defensively.
Eric Dier 5/10
Made some good recovery challenges but was bullied by Cavani and Pogba all game. I do feel sorry for Eric Dier because he is a midfielder playing in defence and that is never easy.
Joe Rodon 6/10
I also feel sorry for him. Was brave in a difficult game but doesn’t have the quality yet.
Sergio Reguilon 4/10
Offered very little in attack and beaten too easily in defence. Culpable in the last two United goals.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7/10
Tried his best and won the ball back countless times but there was not much he could do in the second half. Was brushed aside by Pogba for the third goal.
Tanguy Ndombele 6/10
Played well but struggled in the second half even in an advanced position. A good player but not suited to this style.
Giovanni Lo Celso 4/10
A ghost throughout the game. Barely remember anything he did.
Lucas Moura 7/10
Got in great positions and put in some good crosses, including for the opener. Struggled in the second half, especially in the defensive part of his game.
Heung-Min Son 6.5/10
Did well to finish the goal but honestly, he conned the referee to prevent a goal for his side and was on the floor for three minutes because of it. Regardless of this, the racial abuse he was subject to was disgraceful.
Harry Kane 7/10
Excellent pass to Moura that took the United backline out of the game. Had a couple of chances but Henderson was on top of it. I can see him leaving Spurs if the right team and price is found. Bayern and Madrid need long-term replacements for Lewandowski and Benzema and Kane is on their level. I doubt he’d be allowed to join either Manchester United or City but both could push for Kane too.
Moussa Sissoko 5/10
Offered very little and looked off the pace.
Eric Lamela 5/10
Can’t remember much he did.
Gareth Bale 6/10
Lively but not enough time to make a difference.
Jose Mourinho 5/10
They played so very well in the first half that you can’t really believe that they played that badly in the second. Except if you see the stats. Jose’s Spurs side have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side. Tottenham played so negatively and against a Manchester United side that fight back and play so much better in second halves. Had they tried to hit them on the counter and press harder, they could have pushed for a second but they didn’t. The substitutes were negative and the football was worse than Burnley’s. He is in trouble as his side look a good distance away from the Champions League. They have to win the Carabao Cup and finish the season strong or their good players could want a move away to further their careers and his future could be on the line too.
Dean Henderson 7.5/10
So close to saving the goal but no criticism for that. He made two good saves with his feet. David de Gea-esque eh! But he was also a confident sweeper keeper and calm from set-pieces. Good game!
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.5/10
Some criticised him for the Son goal but he was tracking Kane’s run and Rashford had to track Son’s. Nevertheless, his attacking output in the second half cannot be understated as he was involved in the buildup for two of the goals.
Victor Lindelof 6.5/10
Mistimed his clearance but some benefit of the doubt as Kane’s pass was terrific. Other than that, he was solid and very brave in the air.
Harry Maguire 8/10
Another great game. Had one small mistake but it led to nothing, other than that, he was strong, composed and got the play going.
Luke Shaw 8/10
Struggled with the overlap from Aurier but mostly did very well. Had a point to prove over Jose and did just that.
Crucial impact in the first goal but did struggle with the deep defensive line. Improved drastically in the second half and took his goal well.
Scott McTominay 8/10
Robust, energetic, composed and clever. What more do you want? Forced an excellent save off Lloris and played well all game.
Paul Pogba 9/10
What a performance. Played in a free role that was techincally off one of the wings but basically played in midfield and controlled the game in the second half. Should have had two assists and a goal but one was disallowed and he made his effort far too difficult for himself but a great assist to Greenwood. I think 99% of United fans would want him to stay now and sign a new deal because he is showing just how good he can be under Ole.
Bruno Fernandes 7.5/10
Even without goals and assists, he was crucial in every goal and creating chances. Had one super shot saved well by Lloris and was a catalyst in the United attack.
Marcus Rashford 6/10
Looks injured but gave his all. Failed to track back Son for the goal and came off for Greenwood. Needs a rest midweek.
Edinson Cavani 9/10
El Matador came up with the goods today. Should have had a double but a beautiful diving header will do. I so desperately want him to stay as I think he has a lot still to offer. Of course it is understandable if he would like to be closer to home but perhaps the chance of fans returning may sway his mind.
Mason Greenwood 8.5/10
Apparently Ole can’t make subs! Greenwood came on, bagged a super goal but only after a world class assist to win the game. His 2021 is turning his season into a very good one. 13 goal contributions and I don’t think he’ll stop anytime soon.
Nemanja Matic 6/10
Offered some composure in the midfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 10/10
After a disappointing first half for numerous reasons, he motivated his team for the second half and saw them come back to win on the road again, making the crucial sub that won and sealed the game. 28 points won from losing positions and the most goals and assists from substitutes this season. He knows how to fight back and when to make a difference off the bench. Outsmarted the Special One again and got revenge for the early season demolition at Old Trafford. Now Ole needs to gear his team up for a crucial second leg against Granada and then push in the league against Burnley.