Match Report: Manchester United vs Spurs
Harry Kane was sorely missed in this frustrating battle at Old Trafford that saw the only goal of the game come in the 81st minute. It contributed to Tottenham’s deplorable record at the theatre of dreams, meaning that they have lost 21 of their 26 Premier League visits there.
In the first half an hour, the match was contested well by both sides. Rashford and Lukaku both threatened Lloris early on, whilst Sissoko had two decent efforts that perhaps on another day would have seen Spurs take the lead. However, Tottenham did not record a single shot on target in the second half. Alli probably had the best chance of the game for Spurs after Eriksen delivered a delightfully-weighted ball straight into his path. But the England international failed to hit the target from a mere 8 yards out. The goal came in the 81st minute and was pretty route-1. De Gea had blasted the ball up front, only for Lukaku to flick it into the feet of Anthony Martial, who beat Dier and slotted it past Lloris.
Manchester United vs Spurs Attendance
Starting Line-ups: Manchester United vs Spurs
Manchester United: De Gea, Bailly, Smalling, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Davies, Alli, Son
“I said before the game to everyone that always you are going to miss your main striker – and Harry Kane is one of best strikers in the world, of course. But it is not an excuse today. We didn’t lose the game because Kane wasn’t here.”
Man of the Match
Former Chelsea man Nemanja Matic won Man of the Match. It was Matic that made the difference in a tight battle at Old Trafford. In the second half, Matic controlled possession and chose his passes wisely – whilst frustrating Tottenham’s passage of play.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
La Liga giants Real Madrid travel to the national stadium on Wednesday to try and overcome the aggregate deficit in the Champions League. Spurs will then play Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.