After suffering a shambolic 1-6 loss earlier this season to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United are gunning for sweet revenge over Jose Mourinho’s side in this big top-of-the-table Premier League clash. They had to take the hard way, but did so with a thumping 3-1 win following a brilliant second-half comeback!
After what felt like the most boring half-hour in the entire campaign, United thought they got the lead after Edinson Cavani scored in the 34th minute only to see disallowed due to an absolute BS VAR call for Scott McTominay ‘fouling’ Son Heung-Min with an unintended flailing hand.
To rub salt onto their wounds, Spurs then took the lead in the 40th minute after Son finished from close range. United go into the break having all to do if they’re to complete another comeback. But the Red Devils started the second half in blistering fashion and got the equalizer from the unlikeliest of figures, when FRED of all people tapped it in from close in the 57th-minute.
United kept on pushing and completed the comeback in the 79th minute thanks to a superb diving header from Cavani to deliver a sweet dose to karma to Spurs. The job was completed late into added time, as Mason Greenwood powered a shot into the net in the 95th-minute to cap off an amazing second-half performance and superb comeback.
The Red Devils manage to exorcise their demons against Spurs and get sweet justice after that disgraceful goal rule-out! The reality is that since that 1-6 freak result, United have gone upwards and Spurs have gone down. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have not virtually achieved qualification for the Champions League and strengthened chances of a top-2 finish, while Spurs will now need a miracle to get into the UCL!
Manchester United player ratings vs Tottenham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (8.5)–
Going with a 4-4-2 diamond formation, Solskjaer ensured that United weren’t overrun in midfield again like they were in the 1-6 loss. His side maintained control of the game and played brilliantly against Tottenham’s tactics of parking the bus & looking to hit on the counter.
Ole’s half-time team talk was fantastic again as United came out a different beast altogether in the second half and completely played Spurs off the park. The decision to bring on Greenwood for Rashford proved to be perfect as Mason got a goal & assist.
Made United play some stylish soccer & give a fitting answer to Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics. United are now over 14 months without an away loss in the PL and Ole deserves tons of credit for that! Back to back comeback wins for his side too!
Dean Henderson (8.0) –
The newly appointed ‘no.1’ will be asked to come up big when required today. Nothing he could really do for Son’s goal from yards out. But he comes up clutch in the 60th with a brilliant low save to deny Son from close. Another sharp save to deny Kane in the 72nd. In the end it was his clutch saves that kept United in the game and ensured they got the job done.
Henderson’s collection of crosses, ability to come off his line to make clutch clearances proved how sharp a goalkeeper he is. If this keeps up, it doesn’t look like De Gea is getting his place back.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.0) –
After last week’s disappointment, Wan-Bissaka looks more proactive down the right. He also lost complete track of Son & made it too easy for him to score. Struck a cross/shot straight at Lloris in the 49th. Didn’t do enough to close down Son in the 60th but lucky to see Henderson save the shot that went straight through his legs! Wan-Bissaka was again ineffective in the attack & defensively not as impenetrable either.
Harry Maguire (7.5) –
Maguire aims to exorcise his demons after a horrendous performance in the last game vs Spurs. Apart from a silly foul on Harry Kane that got him booked in the second half, he was nearly flawless. Won 4 aerial duels, made 4 interceptions & 2 tackles in a superb effort with which he proves that nightmare against Spurs last time was a one-off.
Victor Lindelof (4.5) –
Victor starts the game strongly, making a clutch clearance to deny Kane a scoring chance in the 9th. But then makes a poor mistake for Son’s strike, letting a pass go through him too easily leading up to it. Never looked comfortable against Spurs pace but didn’t make any more fatal mistakes. Lacked the sharpness which helped him impress against Granada at the mid-week.
Luke Shaw (7.0) –
Shaw looks really promising marching forward to support Pogba but his delivery wasn’t the best in the first half. Lost track of Moura leading up to Son’s opener too. His attacking work was really good again, as he made some fantastic crosses and carried the ball forward bravely. Defensively didn’t let up after that one mistake & kept things tidy on his side.
Scott McTominay (7.5) –
McTominay looks bullish with his defensive work. Bit too aggressive with a rash challenge on Ndombele in the 18th which got him booked. He made no foul whatsoever on Son before Cavani’s disallowed goal but just robbed by the system. Almost gets the equalizer in the 55th but his powered shot was saved well.
After an aggressive start, McTominay played it really smart to break down Spurs’ attack and stop their flow through the middle. Made a number of crucial challenges in the midfield to help his side control possession and got the ball forward smartly.
Paul Pogba (9.0) –
Pogba is back to his left-wing role today. Robbed off a wonderful assist after brilliantly playing Cavani through for his strike. Was at the core of everything good United did in the first half with his clever passing in tight areas. Plays in a fantastic pass in the 52nd only to see it cleared before it could assist Cavani.
He got a huge scoring chance in the 66th but botched a clear tap-in from close with a weird backheel that went horribly wrong. But makes up for that by assisting Greenwood’s goal after sensationally dribbling past two Spurs players to do so. Pogba literally toyed with Spurs defenders today, made some fantastic key passes & helped his side dominate their way into a comeback win. Playing at his very best right now.
Fred (8.5) –
A very lively figure in the middle, helping United regain possession in key attacking areas and closed down Spurs midfielders really well in the first half. After starting the second half sloppily, he scores his first PL goal in more than 2 & a half years by following the ball and cleverly tapping one in from close. Still can’t believe he actually scored tbh.
Yeah, some of his passes went astray, but Fred was a real marvel in the second half. Helped United dominate possession really well, made some fantastic tackles to rob Spurs off possession and his attacking product was clearly much better today. More of this, please!
Bruno Fernandes (7.0) –
Facing off against PL Golden Boot favourite Harry Kane, Fernandes needs a big performance to stay alive in that race. Frustrating in the first half, mostly botching his experimental passes and being bullied by Hojbjerg. Much livelier in the second half and almost scored a screamer in the 63th but his thunderous low shot was saved brilliantly.
Pulled off an incredible nutmeg on Sergio Reguilon to allow Greenwood’s assist for the second goal! Didn’t get a goal or assist today but it was his urgency in the second half & clever passes that opened up all the spaces for both goals to happen.
Edinson Cavani (9.5) –
Having last scored in February, Cavani is desperately seeking a goal in this one. Robbed off a goal after a wonderful finish in the 34th. Got a fantastic chance to score in the 52nd but the ball is cleared before it could him from an open goal situation. But he gets goal contribution for the equalizer as it was his shot that was parried away by Hugo Lloris straight to Fred for his strike.
After being robbed in the first half, he gets his well-deserved goal with a fantastic diving header to put his side into the lead! He then somehow managed to deny Spurs a goal with an extremely risky header off a corner that hit his own goal-post but luckily went out. Also played a role in the 3rd, playing Pogba through the middle to help him assist Greenwood.
Cavani was like a tiger today, showcasing incredible energy to help United play their way into the box smartly and tormenting Spurs’ defenders with his movement. That was the performance that proves why United need to extend his deal right now!
Marcus Rashford (4.0) –
Despite his heroics last week, Rashford’s back in his unfavored right-wing position today. Got into a decent position in the 16th but his blasted shot was deflected wide. Deftly sent through on goal in the 47th but wastes a chance with poor decision-making. Looked lost on the right-wing and his poor fitness levels didn’t help either. Sloppy performance.
Mason Greenwood (8.0) –
The in-form youngster nearly makes instant impact after coming on, hitting a brilliant low shot into the side-netting in the 74th. Follows it up with an incredible cross for Cavani’s goal. Finished off a fantastic super-sub display with a brilliant late goal, smashing a a right-footed shot past Lloris.
Nemanja Matic (N/R) –
Matic helped his side see off the result in the end, making some necessary dirty challenges to stop Spurs’ flow.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Cavani, Fred & Pogba were all incredible in the second half. But Cavani gets this MOTM for playing prominent roles in all 3 and scoring a fantastic header to cap off the comeback.