Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United settled for a one all draw at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium as the Premier League 2019/2020 season continues.
Manchester United was placed fifth on the Premier League table going into the game and was looking for a win to bolster their 2020/2021 Champions League qualification hopes, but they could only share the spoils against eighth placed Totenham Hotspur. Jose Mourinho will be disappointed that he couldn’t get the better of his former employers who appointed him in 2016 and was sacked in 2019.
A David de Gea error allowed Tottenham Hotspur took the lead in the first half before new acquisition Bruno Fernandes restored parity from the spot for the Red Devils in the 80th minute. Dutchman Steven Bergwijn got the opening goal of the game. Receiving a pass from Serge Aurier, the 23-year old former PSV Eindhoven forward skipped past Manchester United captain Harry Maguire before firing a straight shot at United’s goal which De Gea failed to keep hold when he should have done better.
De Gea will be cursing himself for letting that one in yet again, the Spaniard has been a shadow of himself this season making a lot of blunders leading to goal. He is second on the log of goalkeeping errors leading to goal this season in the Premier League with three errors.
The goal by Bergwijn made him become the second Tottenham Hotspur player to score in their first three matches. The last player to do such was fellow Dutchman Rafael Van Der Vaart. Bergwijn has netted against Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United.
The first half ended with the Red Devils offering little in the game but the entrance of Paul Pogba in the second half breathe life into Manchester United in the second half.
Pogba’s presence allowed United to pressured Tottenham Hotspur and it eventually paid off when the World Cup winner was pulled down in the box by Eric Dier.
Bruno Fernandes coolly converted from the spot as both teams shared the spoils in the end.
Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer might be a bit pleased with his team picking a draw but he will more disappointed as his team failed to level on point with fourth placed Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised his team for a wonderful performance but believed they could have done better if they had Lucas Moura and Dele Alli.
“Lucas and Dele are players we need and we could feel that today. when you look to their bench and then to ours the difference in attacking options. Hopefully they will be back for West Ham because in this moment it is very, very important to change players”.
The draw means Spurs are one point outside Europa League qualifying spot currently occupied by Wolves.
The Premier League is back!