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Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 12 Apr 2021

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United played out a game few will forget earlier on this season, and over the weekend, they did something similar as the Red Devils came from behind to beat Spurs 3-1 in North London. It was a tight and tense affair for long spells but in the end, Ole’s men were able to outlast Jose Mourinho’s side as the top four race continues to heat up.

The Son dilemma

There’s a distinct problem that rests within the foundations of football right now at the elite level – VAR. Son Heung-min put on a bit of an acting performance to help get United’s opening “goal” ruled out. Then, in a cruel twist of fate for the visitors, Son was the man who put Spurs into an undeserved and unlikely lead. After the game it became clear that Son had been receiving a great deal of abuse because of the incident, and we don’t care who you are – that just isn’t acceptable on any level.

United’s resilience

Manchester United knew they had to find something deep within themselves if they were going to turn things around against Tottenham, and that’s exactly what they did. Their away form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been absolutely insane in the last year and even though they probably aren’t going to snatch the Premier League title away from Manchester City, they can still hold their heads up high after what has been a successful league campaign to date.

Top four gone for Spurs?

Tottenham Hotspur are priced at 12/1 with 888sport to finish in the top four which places them behind Liverpool, Leicester, Chelsea and West Ham. Many fans of theirs will continue to hold out hope until it’s mathematically impossible for them to get over the finish line, but the reality is starting to slowly but surely settle in now. The future of Jose Mourinho as manager of the club is beginning to look pretty questionable and with Harry Kane being linked with a move away in the summer, they have to start wondering what direction they’re heading in over the next few years.

Match Report

Tottenham: Lloris (6.5), Reguilon (6), Rodon (6), Dier (6), Aurier (6), Ndombele (6.5), Hojbjerg (7), Lo Celso (6.5), Son (7.5), Kane (6.5), Moura (6.5), Bale (6), Sissoko (5.5), Lamela (6)

Manchester United: Henderson (6.5), Wan-Bissaka (8), Lindelof (5.5), Maguire (7), Shaw (7), McTominay (7), Fred (7.5), Rashford (6.5), Fernandes (6.5), Pogba (8.5), Cavani (8), Greenwood (7.5), Matic (6)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Goals: Son :: Fred, Cavani, Greenwood

Yellow Cards: Sissoko, Cavani, McTominay, Fred, Maguire, Shaw

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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