Match Report: Spurs vs Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur bagged a massive three points with a victory over Manchester United last night at Wembley Stadium. Spurs, who are giving it there all in the race for a top-four finish, came one step closer to their goal by putting two past David de Gea.
Jan Vertonghen floated a delightful ball down the middle, straight from the kickoff, when Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen took advantage of two flicks from Kane and Alli to slot it home within the space of 11 seconds. In fact, the timing of the goal makes Eriksen’s finish the joint-third fastest goal scored in Premier League history.
The majority of the first half seemed slightly scrappy, with both sides struggling to drum up decent spells of possession. In particular Pochettino style, the Lilywhites came out on the offensive and had no issue playing through an underwhelming Manchester midfield. Spurs just seemed to lack focus in the final third, with current Premier League top scorer Harry Kane failing to get his 100th league goal.
The second goal came in the 28th minute and saw Phil Jones rocket the ball into the top left-hand corner of his own net. After Eriksen spotted Aurier charging his way down the right side of the pitch, Jones looked to clear Aurier’s low-driven cross but instead ended up beating his own keeper in spectacular fashion. It was most certainly a finish Harry Kane would have been proud of!
The second half took the same frantic tone that had been set in the first. Mourinho’s men looked to bite back; their closest efforts coming from Pogba, whose header beat the crossbar, and Lukaku, who was kept at bay by Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris.
The result will put a fire in the bellies of the Spurs squad ahead on their clash with Liverpool on the weekend. Pochettino commented after the game, ‘You can win a game if you’re ready to fight’. With this result, Chelsea’s unexpected 3-0 defeated to Bournemouth midweek will certainly give the Spurs players a newly-founded confidence ahead of their battle at Anfield.
Spurs vs Manchester United Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 81, 978
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-min, Kane
Manchester United: de Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Martial, Lingard, Sánchez, Lukaku
” It was a fantastic wrestle, a fantastic performance, very pleased. Congratulations to the players because they deserve it. Eriksen’s goal was fantastic, he believed it was right, to anticipate the action to score so quickly. I am so pleased and so happy we are in the race for the top four. We need to stay focused on everything because we have Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.”
Man of the Match
Christian Eriksen is Man of the Match after opening the scoring with a sublime goal after just 11 seconds of game play. Eriksen was playing the key provider today and was too much for Man Utd to handle. He successfully delivered 8 crosses and 6 key passes to his Spurs team mates.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Another big game for Spurs next week as they take on Liverpool away at Anfield. Both teams are hot on securing a top-four position this year and the battle will not be one to miss.