Manchester United took on Tottenham Hotspurs in the important premier league game on Sunday evening and it turned out to be a very competitive game with not much between the two sides.
The Game started after 30 minutes delayed as United bus was stuck in the traffic. But when it eventually started United started stronger of the two while Spurs came back into the game on either side of the break and Spurs brushed United aside with three quick goals inside 6 minutes to put the game to bed.
Tottenham hit Manchester United with a devastating treble blast to keep their slim title hopes alive, after Leicester had stretched their lead to 10 points.
Dale Alli scored in 70th minute to spurs in the lead and two quick goal followed with Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring two goals inside 2 minutes take Spurs lead to 3-0.
Here are five things we learned:
There are several stars in the making.
This season, many clubs have put faith in youngsters who have responded well. Both United and Tottenham were happy to have their youngsters on Sunday. Tottenham continues to rely on his English core of 19-year-old Dele Alli, and 22-year-olds Harry Kane and Eric Dier.
Alli managed to score a goal, as Harry Kane still struggling to become Premier League’s top scorer this season. For Manchester United, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, both 18, were named in the starting XI.
Fosu-Mensah got the nod to start at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia. And the 18 year-old justified his selection, especially with a couple of heroic last ditch slide tackles to deny Harry Kane and Kyle Walker when they looked certain to score.
Eriksen – Man of the Match.
While the likes of Harry Kane, Alli, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld have taken much of the credit for Tottenham’s progress this term, the heartbeat of this team remains Christian Eriksen.
After a slow start to the campaign, Eriksen has rediscovered his best form in the second half of the campaign and was Spurs’ most prominent creative force.
His excellent cross should have provided a goal for Lamela in the first half and when a similarly precise delivery reached Dele Alli in the second half, the midfielder put Tottenham 1-0 ahead.
Van Gaal tactics are making him inconsistent.
The Dutchman is a man who seems out of touch with reality at the moment. His tactics are outdated and his substitutions on Sunday showed no sense for the way the match was panning out and United paid the price. Maximum points from the remaining six games of the Premier League season is likely if the Reds even want to have a sniff at Champions League next season
He’s done good things during his time at the Theatre of Dreams, but Van Gaal must absolutely not be allowed to still be in the managerial role when next season rolls around.
Darmian and Rojo are not united full-backs
Coming on for Fosu-Mensah, Darmian looked flustered and failed to cut out Christian Eriksen’s cross for the first Spurs goal, before giving away a clumsy foul, leading to the second goal. He repeated the feat of not blocking out the cross for the third and it’s no wonder that the young Dutchman was picked over the Italian international from the start.
Rojo was culpable for the second Spurs goal, failing to even challenge Toby Alderweireld for the header. The Argentinian international has looked sloppy for weeks now and is a leading candidate to be sold this summer.