Manchester United started their Premier League season with a 2-1 win against Leicester City. However, the Red Devils came into the game following a disappointing performance against Brighton, which ended with a 3-2 defeat. Tottenham on the other hand are looking to continue with their perfect start of the Premier League season. The Spurs have started the season in good form defeating both Newcastle and Fulham. Tottenham started the season with so much negativity surrounding the fact that they are the only team that did not make a single signing during the summer transfer window. However, keeping their big players like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli was seen to be a huge success. The Spurs also signed the Brazilian Lucas Moura from P.S.G in January, and this would be his first full season with the club.
Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager surprised everyone, including the Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino with his starting line up. The Manchester United team was seen warming up with a back four that included Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw. However, the Red Devils started the game with a back that included midfielder Ander Herrera. Paul Pogba, Fred and Nemanja Matic played in the middle. Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia were deployed as wingbacks. Romelu Lukaku started up front, with Jesse Lingard lingering behind the forward. David De Gea was in goal for the Red Devils. Tottenham started with a back four that included Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, and Kieran Trippier. Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen played in the midfield. Harry Kane and Lucas Moura started up front. Hugo Lloris was in goal for Tottenham.
The game started with Manchester United looking like the better side in the early stages. However, the Red Devils did not create a clear-cut chance during the early stages of the game. Lucas Moura was given a yellow card for a high boot challenge on Phil Jones in the 9th minute. The first big chance of the game came in the 17th minute. Romelu Lukaku picked up Danny Rose’s short back pass to his goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The Manchester United forward dribbled passed the Tottenham goalkeeper but missed an open goal, with his right footed shot drifting just wide of the goal. Romelu Lukaku had another opportunity in the 19th minute, but the Manchester United forward scuffed his shot from 18 yards out from the goal, which was easily picked up by Hugo Lloris. Manchester United’s makeshift center back Ander Herrera was given a yellow card in the 20th minute for a hard tackle on Lucas Moura. Tottenham had their first opportunity to take the lead when Dele Alli stole the ball off Matic in front of the Red Devil’s box. However, Alli could not sort out his feet on time to create a chance or take a shot on target, and Chris Smalling made an important tackle to nullify the attack. Harry Kane received a yellow card in the 22nd minute following a 50/50 challenge on Antonio Valencia. The first half ended 0-0 with Manchester United slightly edging it in terms of chances created and ball possession.
The second half started with Tottenham creating the early opportunities and by the 50th minute, the Spurs took the lead. Harry Kane’s powerful header from a corner kick beat David De Gea. Spurs doubled their lead just 2 minutes later when Lucas Moura picked up Christian Eriksen’s pass and struck the ball into the bottom corner. The Red Devils were in shock after seemingly being the better of the two teams before conceding two goals in 2 minutes. Jose Mourinho wasted no time in altering his team’s formation by bringing in Alexis Sanchez for Ander Herrera and switching to a back four. The Red Devils night became worse when Phil Jones picked up an injury and was replaced by Victor Lindelof 2 minutes later. At this point of the game, the Spurs fans were shouting, ”you’re not special anymore”. The fans were taking a shot at Jose Mourinho, the self proclaimed special one. The Manchester United boss responded by bringing on Marouane Fellaini for Matic in the 61st minute.
Manchester United continued to apply pressure on the Spurs defense but created little clear-cut opportunities. Lukaku, Fred and Sanchez had shots that did not really trouble the Spurs goalkeeper. Pochettino made his first change in the 76th minute, replacing Trippier who appeared to have picked up an injury with Serge Aurier. The Spurs boss made his 2nd change in the 82nd minute, replacing Danny Rose with Ben Davies. Spurs scored a third goal in the 84th minute when the excellent Lucas Moura dribbled past Chris Smalling and struck the ball perfectly into the goal.
At this point of the game, a lot of Manchester United fans had left the stadium in frustration. Pochettino made his final change in the 89th minute replacing goal scorer Harry Kane with midfielder Harry Winks to hold on to the 3-goal lead. The game ended with a big cheer from the Tottenham fans.