Manchester United have drawn our comeback match 1-1 away at Tottenham.
Here is a look at five things we learned from the fixture…
Not the result we hoped for
A three month wait allowed us to play through every possible scenario in the build-up to this game.
A draw was not the result we wanted, but which could have been worse after trailing for a large part of the match.
We were the better team in the final 20 minutes and it felt like two points dropped.
Now we wait this weekend to see if Chelsea will extend their lead in fourth.
We are still in the mix for fourth spot, avoiding defeat was important. Back to back wins against Sheffield United and Brighton will be crucial.
Not ruthless enough
United were the better team up until Tottenham’s goal, and we did not take our opportunities.
Marcus Rashford had one great chance, which was saved by the feet of Hugo Lloris.
These are the opportunities you have to convert when playing away from home, to seize the initiative.
This was Rashford’s first game since January so some rustiness is expected, but the point stands: if you don’t take your chances at Premier League level, then you will be punished.
Anthony Martial had a big chance in the second half which was well saved, which he also should have scored.
David de Gea is not helping himself
We noted earlier this week that David de Gea enters this period as United’s most under pressure player.
This is due to a combination of his own mistakes, and the form of Dean Henderson out on loan at Sheffield United.
So he did not help himself at all by allowing Steven Bergwijn’s powerfully struck opener to go right through him.
It was a well hit shot, but one you would expect a world class goalkeeper to save. It was disappointing.
He redeemed himself a little moments later with a save from Son’s header, but he shouldn’t have needed to.
United have options in goal next season, and there is a real debate to be had over De Gea’s spot. Bergwijn’s goal added to the conversation, with Roy Keane laying into him on Sky’s coverage.
Wan-Bissaka and James combination was poor
As much as we want him to demonstrate an attacking improvement, Aaron Wan-Bissaka still lacks behind our hopes for him.
We lost count of the amount of times he got into possession in the final third, and United’s attack broke down.
In front of him was Dan James, a player who himself struggled, and did not offer a good final ball.
Combined, the pair are not a threat and opposing teams are content to let them have possession.
Better team when Pogba came on
Midway through the second half United brought Paul Pogba on, replacing Fred, and we immediately looked more dangerous.
The fresh legs helped, as United pinned Spurs back, and Pogba got involved straight away.
Spurs boss Mourinho changed it up tactically to try and starve Pogba of space, but the Frenchman and Bruno Fernandes were still able to get on the ball.
Pogba’s outstanding footwork won the penalty as he dribbled into the box and outdid Eric Dier. It was an instant impact from the Frenchman.
Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot, and this was a small sign of what the pair can be capable of together.
It is likely the Frenchman will start United’s next game, and we look forward to it.
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