Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United: United Come Up Short In North London Again

Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United

By Andrew Hyslop

  • Manchester United suffer back to back defeats in North London
  • Wayne Rooney scores last goal at White Hart Lane

Manchester United travelled to North London for the second weekend running as Tottenham said goodbye to White Hart Lane with a 2-1 win

After seeing his side book their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night, Jose Mourinho made eight changes to his starting line-up for this game.

Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Jesse Lingard were the only three men to start on Thursday night who started this game.

Youngster Axel Tuanzebe was handed his second Premier League after impressing against Arsenal. In that game, Tuanzebe did a marking job on Alexis Sanchez and was asked to do a similar job on Christian Eriksen in this game.

Early Goals In Each Half Do The Job For Tottenham

Tottenham dominated the early stages of the game and took the lead after just six minutes. That goal was scored by midfielder Victor Wanyama as he headed home a cross from Ben Davies following a short corner.

Tottenham could have ended the first-half two or three goals to the good as both Son and Kane missed good chances to extend the lead.

Just three minutes into the second half, Kane got his goal to give the hosts the cushion of a two goal lead.

That goal came from a free-kick following a foul on Dele Alli and Eriksen delivered the ball to the near post where Kane diverted the ball past De Gea.

Kane almost got a second moments later but curled a effort wide of the goal before Martial did the same at the other end of the pitch.

With just over an hour played, Mourinho made a double change with Ander Herrera replacing Tuanzebe and Lingard making way for Mkhitaryan.

Rooney Scores Last White Hart Lane Goal

Ten minutes later, United pulled a goal back following a good run from Martial who then squared the ball for Rooney to score the final goal at White Hart Lane.

Rashford replaced Mata on 79 minutes and he couldn’t find the back of the net in the dying stages following a ball over the top from ex-Tottenham man Michael Carrick.

The final whistle blew on Tottenham’s time at White Hart Lane and the Tottenham support ran onto the pitch to celebrate a last season at the ground which had seen their side go unbeaten.

Bailly Impressed Once Again

When Eric Bailly signed for Manchester United last summer, it’s fair to say that not many United fans would have heard of him.

The Ivory Coast international has impressed for United all season but will miss the Europa League final following his sending-off on Thursday night.

Asked to played at right-back in this game as Jose gave Jones and Smalling the chance to stake a claim for a start in that final.

Bailly once again impressed as he put in a decent defensive performance and look good going forward when given the opportunity.

Another man to impress was Anthony Martial, though for the majority of the game he plough a lone furrow in United’s attack.

The Frenchman provided an assist for Wayne Rooney could have had a goal for himself with efforts in each half curling just wide of the post.

Defeat Leaves United In Sixth

After going 25 games unbeaten, United have now suffered back to back defeats and have picked up just two points from a possible twelve to leave them sixth in the Premier League table.

Despite winning the League Cup and having a chance to lift the Europa League, its been a disappointing league campaign for United and Mourinho.

On 65 points they are 22 points adrift of champions Chelsea despite both teams suffering five defeats.

Unless they win the Europa League in Stockholm in ten days then Manchester United fans will have to endure another season without Champions League football.

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