Manchester United won a crucial game last night against Tottenham Hotspur. Man United’s midfield duo Fred and Bruno Fernandes scored in this match to sink the Spurs at Old Trafford. The victory has moved Man United closer to Chelsea, whom they will face in their next game. Manchester United are just one point behind the Blues.
On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur lost their 2nd place after losing the match against Manchester United. Moreover, it’s their second defeat in this season.
As it happened
Manchester United welcomed Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford after a disappointing draw against Newcastle United. So, the Ten Hag boys were desperate to make a good result against the Spurs. Man United’s manager also made some changes in the starting XI. The manager benched Cristiano Ronaldo in this match.
Erik Ten Hag set up the team formation with 4-2-3-1, where Marcus Rashford played as the striker, and Jadon Sancho and Antony played behind him as the wingers.
On the Spurs’ side, manager Conte played his team in a 3-5-2 formation. He used three center-backs with two wing-backs. Harry Kane and Son played in the front against the Red Devils.
However, Manchester United were very aggressive from the beginning of the match. They highly pressed the Spurs to find the net. Manchester United kept 60% possession in the first half. Moreover, they fired 19 shots during the opening 45 minutes. But it was Hugo Lloris who kept the Spurs in the match by making some unbelievable saves. So, the first half ended 0-0.
Coming back from the break, Manchester United midfielder Fred found the net in the 47th minute. After that, Tottenham Hotspur tried hard to find the equalizer. But Man United’s defenders were rock solid at the back so the Spurs couldn’t score.
Moreover, Manchester United doubled their lead in the 69th minute. This time, skipper Bruno Fernandes beat Lloris to find the net with Fred’s assist. Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t score in the remaining minutes. Therefore, Manchester United sealed the victory at home with a 2-0 margin.
“Best team performance so far”
According to Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag, the performance against Tottenham Hotspur was their best so far. In the post-match reaction, he said, “Against a solid and magnificent Tottenham, we have played and performed very well. Today was a brilliant performance. We scored two goals and I think we should have scored three or four goals. I’m pleased with the team – it was the best team performance so far this season. You can see today that we are developing. We are getting better every time on the pitch. It was enjoyable to see this.”