Manchester United travelled to London and defeated Tottenham Hotspur with a scoreline of 3-1. The home team broke the deadlock when Son netted from the close range. In the second 45 minutes, Manchester United made yet another comeback with Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood adding their names on the scoresheet. Here’s what we made about the game.
5. Manchester United need to have Cavani next season
Edinson Cavani had a stunning evening for the Red Devils. He was full of energy throughout the 90 minutes of the game. He dropped deeper at times to connect with the midfielders. It was yet another game where the 34-year old showed why he is known for off-the-ball movements. He was constantly shifting from one defender to another to find pockets of space.
His smart goal in the first half was ruled out due to some poor decisions by the referee (more on that in the next point). He was frustrated and that showed in his celebration when he fed of Greenwood’s delicious assists. Being tall is one thing and using that to score headed goals with this consistency is another.
He had a part to play in all three goals with his delightful passing all evening. Manchester United signed him only for a year last season but Solskjaer needs to do everything and persuade the Uruguayan international to stay at Old Trafford for one more season. His replacement won’t come cheaply.
4. Is Tottenham’s season going bust?
Jose Mourinho was asked to replace Mauricio Pochettino in the search for silverware. From where Spurs are currently, they are nowhere near to even challenge for the title. It is stunning to have a player who has the most goals and the most assists in the league, yet his team is struggling in the 7th spot. They have amassed 49 points in these games and are six points off fourth place. No more Champions League games next season as well.
3. How was that even a foul?
Another game, another VAR controversy. Was it VAR’s fault or the referee’s misjudgment? In the first half, Edinson Cavani gave Manchester United the lead they were trying to find. But in the build-up, Scott McTominay’s hand “touched” Son on his face.
The Tottenham’s star forward went down rolling as if he was kicked with studs on! Just a few seconds later after the goal, Spurs’ players surrounded the referee asking for a foul.
VAR asked the referee to visit the monitor and see if McTominay has committed a foul or not. After seeing the replays, the referee ruled out the goal, thus, deeming McTominay’s error as “a clear foul.” Apart from Spurs’ fans, no one will doubt that the referee crumbled under pressure from the home team.
Even former Manchester City right-back, Micah Richards, was against the referee’s decision of deeming that “touch” as a foul. VAR and referees need to do much better next season. Hopefully, they can have a sound rest in the summer.
2. Second place sealed for Manchester United?
With this win, Manchester United have now moved to 63 points, 7 points ahead of third-placed Leicester City. It is fair to say that Red Devils won’t be losing too many points if they continue putting this performance. With Manchester City way too ahead with 74 points, it looks like Solskjaer side will have to do with a much-earned second spot. Definitely, progress for him and his men!
1. THE 12TH MAN Opinion
Paul Pogba had a stunning outing against Jose Mourinho’s side. He was physically dominating in every duel. He earned his reward in the dying minutes of the game in the form of an assist when Greenwood fired a strike past Lloris.
Mason Greenwood came in the 79th minute of the game. Provided a match-winning assist and then sealed the game with his 96th-minute goal. The quality of the assist and the goal displayed how talented this youngster is. Gareth Southgate needs to name him in his Euro side.