The match between Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United will go down as one of the best entertaining spectacle witnessed this Premier league season. It was characterized by free flowing attacking football on both sides. Though Spurs dominated the game in terms of possession and shots on target, it was Manchester United that had the last laugh as they picked up all maximum points, thanks to the loan goal from the young English forward, Marcus Rashford. Spurs tried on many occasions to level the game, but hit a roadblock as they were denied by shot stopper, David De Gea, who indeed was the man of the match. Since the change in the helm of administration, this Manchester United squad have been playing wonderfully and from all indications, it seems like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has passed the test, and may retain his position as United boss, should he keep up this red hot form. The last time Spurs played United at Old Trafford earlier this season, they won the game 3 goals to nil, with goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.
The first half started as expected, with both sides trying to register a goal to dominate. Spurs took the game to United, dominating the game in terms of possession while United on the other hand withstood the pressure and also attacked the host team when opportunities presented itself. The best chance of the first half came as early as the 9th minute when Son teed up Harry Winks whose left footed shot from a tight angle misses to the right. United responded also by creating numerous chances but missed while some were saved by Hugo Lloris. Spurs would have gone front in the 31st minute but Harry Kane was ruled offside after being played through by Dele Ali.
The goal that separated the two teams finally came in the 44th minute when Spurs were caught on counter; Paul Pogba’s visionary pass found Marcus Rashford who brilliantly tucked away the ball, beating Hugo Lloris.
It was the first time in Rashford ‘s career he scored in three consecutive top flight games. Spurs were forced to make make a change prior to the end of the first 45 when Moussa Sissoko picked up a knock and was subbed by Erik Lamela in the 43rd minute. The first half ended with United in the lead while Spurs on the other hand failed to attempt a “single shot on target” in the first half of a Premier league home game for the first time this season.
Coming back from the break, Spurs were quick to attempt several chances at goal. Harry Kane who scored the last time he faced Manchester United, had his attempt saved by David De Gea as early as the 49th minute. The second half was much more entertaining as both teams pushed to score goals. The two keepers were put to series of tests by their respective attackers. On the part of Manchester United, Hugo Lloris had to make series of saves when fellow world cup teammate, Paul Pogba tested his goal keeping capabilities. He made some saves also from Martial, Herrera, Rashford and even Lingard at different points in time. David De Gea on his part frustrated all attempts from Spurs to find an equalizer; making a whopping 11 keynote saves from the onslaught of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Heung Min Son, Dele Alli and Fernando Llorente.
When it became evident that United will carry the day, gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made changes to the squad. He brought in Diogo Dalot who replaced Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku for Anthony Martial and Scott MacTominay for Paul Pogba. Spurs on the other hand brought in Fernando Llorente for Harry Winks to assist Harry Kane and Son in pushing for an equalizer; however David De Gea wasn’t having any of it, as he came to the match with his “A game”. He frustrated all attempts from the attackers to ensure the Red Devils pick up the maximum point.
With this win by Manchester United, they level Arsenal on 41 points but still sit in 6th position while Spurs still remain in 3rd position, one point ahead of Chelsea who will be very much grateful to Manchester United for reducing the gap between their London rivals. Fans from both sides definitely got value for their money as the game was very interesting and beautiful; both teams entertained the spectators with free flowing attacking football. In attendance were Dimitar Berbatov who during the course of his career donned the colors of both teams; and ex United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.