It was the home side who started the brighter of the two teams. Spurs looked lively all across the pitch and were moving the ball around confidently. Mourinho would of liked what he’d seen in the opening minutes but with that said, Henderson remained unworked in the United goal. Spurs had been by far the better team United just hadn’t got going. Solskjaer’s side had been sloppy in possession and had offered very little going forward.
United grew into the game and on the 34th minute they thought they’d taken the lead! Pogba’s sumptuous pass put Cavani in on goal and the Uruguayan fired the ball past Lloris to make it 1-0. As United celebrated the Spurs players surrounded the referee asking for a VAR check after Son had gone down in the build up. After checking the pitch side monitor Chris Kavanagh decided it had been a foul by McTominay and the goal was chalked off. The United players were livid and rightly so!
As if things couldn’t get any worse six minutes later Spurs took the lead. Lucas found Son with a slick pass and the Korean tapped the ball in to bring his side level. Mourinho looked unmoved on the Spurs bench but inside he’d of been ecstatic. Half time arrived and it had been an action packed end to the half with tensions were running high on both sides.
United came out in the second half a completely different team. They took the game by the scruff of the neck from the first whistle with Pogba and Fernandes driving United forward. Rashford was also looking a threat with his pace causing the Spurs backline plenty of problems.
United’s pressure was mounting and on the 57th minute they got their reward. Cavani saw his shot parried into the path of Fred and the Brazilian fired the ball into the roof of the net. 1-1 and it was no more than United deserved.
Moments after going behind Spurs came close to drawing level. Son got in on goal and Henderson had to make a smart save to deny him. Down the other end Lloris made a fantastic save to deny Fernandes putting his side ahead. United had really turned up the heat with Shaw getting plenty of joy down the left hand side. He was causing Aurier real problems and Pogba was supporting the United left back at every opportunity.
For all of United’s good play Spurs were still in the game and Kane squandered a great chance to put his side in front. He’d tried to catch Henderson out at his near post but the United keeper was alert and Kane surely would of been better going across the keeper.
With just over 10 minutes remaining Greenwood replaced Marcus Rashford and the teenager would have a big say in the game. Moments after coming on he found Cavani with a wonderful cross and the Uruguayan headed United in front. Superb goal and it was no more than United and Cavani deserved.
United had a firm grip on the game and in the sixth minute of injury time Solskjaer’s side added a third. After some excellent work by Pogba the Frenchman found Greenwood and the youngster fired the ball past Lloris in the Spurs goal. It was another fine goal by United and 3-1 was a fair reflection of how the game had gone. Greenwood had only been on the pitch 17 minutes but he’d had a remarkable impact setting up one goal and scoring another.
The final whistle went and United had put in an excellent second half performance to turn things around. Solskjaer’s side have tightened their grip on second place and with a game in hand they can go within eight points of City with six games left. Surely they couldn’t?
Man of the Match: Edinson Cavani