Tottenham vs Manchester United is probably the most satisfying match a United supporter would have seen in a long long time. The game had everything, tactical brilliance from Solskjaer, brilliant counter-attacking and offensive football from Manchester United in the first half and then grill and resilience in the second half to hold on to that lead.
Firstly, starting off the team, Manchester United started with the same XI has in the game against Cardiff. Alexis was missing due to injury, Fellaini and Valencia were dropped for tactical reasons, which really made a lot of United fans very happy. Eric Bailly is still serving his ban from the red card meant Jones was to partner Lindelof again. Special mention for Lindelof here, who played his 50th game today for Manchester United and what a turnaround it has been for him, from being one of the worst signings of the season last year to be the first choice CB this season.
Tottenham starting the match well but it was within minutes that Manchester United turned up and it resulted in an absolutely brilliant game of football. Both sides were getting forward and had various chances of scoring, with Kane hitting the back of the net, unfortunately, to be ruled offside. While defending both teams were quick to get the numbers behind and it worked really well for most of the first half.
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Tottenham suffered a blow when Sissoko got injured and was replaced by Lamela in the dying minutes of the first half which resulted in them breaking their highly successful diamond setup to a more natural formation. Manchester United was quick to capitalize after a super pass from Pogba which found Rashford, who got the first and only goal of the game.
Things escalated quickly in the second half when Tottenham again changed a bit with Son moving to the right and Alli taking up a more central role in a plan to get past the fullbacks and create something from far wide. The move worked as they got much more scoring chances but they were matched by an equally brilliant performance from David DeGea. Tottenham had 11 shots on target but Dave saved all of them and just showed why he is the best in the world. Manchester United somehow clung to their lead and ended up winning a great game of football.
Individual performance wise, David De Gea was an easy choice for the Man of the Match. Lindelof, Pogba, Martial, and Rashford were all equally good. Matic and Herera gave everything in the midfield and it was only Jones who looked troubled today. He was really finding hard to mark Kane and United would be waiting for Bailly return.
Important takeout from the game was the tactical brilliance of Solskjaer, especially in the first half. With Vertogen returning from injury United moved Rashford on to the wings and Lingard was mostly playing as striker allowing them to run in from the wide areas which really opened up Spurs on various moments.
Tottenham was unlucky to not get any point out from this game as they were literally brilliant in the second 45 minutes but just failed to score. What was worse for them was that Harry Kane was also injured at the end, and with Son off to his national team for the next 5 games, missing Kane would be a big blow for Tottenham title contention.
This victory means that Solskjaer has now won all of his 6 games in charge of Manchester United and are now level on points with Arsenal who is on the 5th. With the next two games at home against Brighton and Burney, Manchester United has great chances of going to pass them and then pushing Chelsea who currently sits on the 4th.