|DATE||Sunday 10th April 2016|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
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|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester United 1|
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Sunday 10th April 2016
White Hart Lane
Kick off 16:30
Alli 69m 18s
Alderweireld 73m 30s
Lamela 75m 04s
Rose (foul on Darmian) 72
Walker (handbags) 83
Alli (diving) 90+3
Darmian (foul on Kane) 73
Depay (handbags) 83
|Crowd : 35,761||Weather : Warm, sunny|
|Referee : Mike Dean (Wirral)||Assistant Referees : Mr. E. Smart; Mr. S. Burt|
|Fourth Official : Jon Moss|
|Manchester United kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
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Hugo LLORIS (c)
Nacer CHADLI 87)
10 Harry KANE ( 7 Heung-Min SON 89)
Timothy FOSU-MENSAH (36
Matteo DARMIAN 68 )
9 Anthony MARTIAL
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Louis van Gaal|
|Sponsor : AIA||Shirt sponsor : Chevrolet|
|Kit Supplier : Under Armour||Kit Supplier : Nike|
Tottenham saw off the late Manchester United (their driver got lost on the way to the ground causing a 30 minute delay in kick off) with a stunning burst of three goals in six second half minutes at White Hart Lane to maintain second place in the table and keep Leicester City in their (albeit distant) sights.
For much of the game, it looked like ending 0-0, with United failing to make any serious headway into the Spurs penalty area and being more intent on closing the Tottenham player on the ball down as quickly as they could. While concentrating on stopping Tottenham playing, they forgot to make anything like a serious shot on goal until the 70th minute. Ironically, that sparked the Spurs goal rush and left United red faced as well as red shirted, having turned up half an hour late and then not really bothering to turn up once the match got underway.
The first half was fairly non-descript with hardly anything of note to trouble either keeper. Martial came in off the left and Fosu-Mensah from the right to have shots blocked from outside the area, while the latter - a young defender - produced a couple of last ditch tackles (and one in midfield), which if they had made contact with the man and not the ball would have seen him red-carded, as he was using excessive force and might also have been out of control. With 27 minutes gone, Eriksen tried a curling shot from the left, but the ball went comfortably wide, but in the next attack, his ball across the penalty area form the right picked out Erik Lamela, totally unmarked six yards out, but the winger put his header wide with only de Gea to beat. It looked easier to score than miss, but Erik tried to make certain by directing it to just inside the post, but instead out it a yard wide.
Walker made a trademark burst past Rojo on our right and was in the box when Fosu-Mensah tackled him with the goal in his sights, but the only other incident of the half saw Eriksen whip a free-kick into the box but Dier was unable to get a touch on it in front of goal.
There was half-time parade of the latest Under-8 intake of the Spurs Academy and then Stephen Mangan came out to talk about the club and to have a dig at United (as he had done at Liverpool on his last half-time appearance). It was the most entertaining thing about the afternoon up to that point. Leicester had won 2-0 at Sunderland earlier and van Gaal's United showed their dour style that has annoyed so many of their fans. For Tottenham, the returning Vertonghen had been through a fairly uneventful 45 minutes and without match practice since recovering from his injury, I wondered how long he might last in the second 45.
As it wasn't I needn't have worried, as Jan lasted the full 90 and during the early part of the second half, Spurs took the game to United. After a slow first half with no shots on target from either side, Tottenham brought David de Gea into action within five minutes. Mousa Dembele, who was immense in midfield, put Christian Eriksen in on the left, with his cross cleared straight back to him. Without hesitation, he took the ball out to the corner of the box and struck a shot at goal, which the United keeper had to punch away in spectacular fashion, although it was a bit of a Hollywood save. Next up was Eric Dier, who struck the ball well from well outside the box, but de Gea was behind it and caught the effort this time. A deflection had taken some of the sting off it anyway. Kane had a shot straight at de Gea, then Lingard found himself in a good position in the box, but shot wide with the goal ahead of him. United's best chance of the match came when Martial ran from just inside the Spurs half on the left wing, cut between Walker and Dier and then, with Toby coming one way and Jan the other, the United forward was forced to hurriedly hit a shot at Lloris, who beat it out, when he should really have avoided the goalie and scored.
Taking your chances has been a problem with Spurs this season in finishing off teams. This time it came back to bite United. As Spurs broke, a clearance went straight up in the air and Lamela and Kane battled for it with Smalling and Schneiderlin. As it was, the ball hit Erik as he was on the floor, went to Kane, who spread it left to Eriksen. The midfielder was already aware that Dele Alli was free in the middle and his first time low pass across the box cut out Carrick and Blind, leaving his team-mate the task of slotting home past de Gea, as he came out in front of him to close him down. As we have come to expect, it was a fine finish fro a player who looks much more mature than his 19 years (20 tomorrow). And it gave Spurs the lead in a game of few chances.
What happened over the next six minutes did not only show what a goal can do to a team, but also saw chances come freely and saw Tottenham finish off United in devastating style. Having been lost by Eriksen when setting up the first goal, substitute Matteo Darmian fouled Kane callously and got a yellow card for the offence. When the free-kick was swung in by Lamela, it looked as though United had sufficient numbers to defend it, but that was not enough. Marcos Rojo failed to jump with Alderweireld and Toby's header was angled away from the keeper and grazed the inside of the post as it hit the net to give Spurs a 2-0 lead, just four minutes after the opener. A defensive rock all season, Toby's goals were now becoming important in their own right.
Just 90 seconds later it was 3-0, with the move starting with the ball going back to Hugo before the team built the move going forward. Kyle Walker hit a raking cross-field ball to Danny Rose, via a touch on Eriksen's head, but getting down the left, Danny looked up and pulled it back square to just in front of the penalty spot. Lamela's run was quicker than Blind's sliding challenge and he swept the ball first time, left footed, past de Gea, beating him at his near post from 12 yards out. It was a fine team goal, but full reward for the Argentine, who had worked so hard on and off the ball and was given the chance to atone for his first half miss. It was another fine finish that showed the difference between the two sides. Spurs were sharper and more adventurous, while United were stuck in a mode of playing that they could not break out of.
And it wasn't the end of Tottenham's attacking intent when three ahead, as Harry Kane headed a Lamela free-kick at goal and de Gea had to dive up to tip it over. From the corner, Alderweireld once more won the ball and the keeper had to punch it away, but only as far as Rose, who struck it on the volley. Unfortunately, it flew into row Z of the Paxton !! Lamela went for a second when he broke away and tried to curl the ball with his left foot from the right side 18 yards out, but the ball spun wide of the goal.
There was a spate of yellow cards with Walker and Depay getting booked for a fracas in front of the East Stand at the Park Lane end, while Ashley Young took against Danny Rose and clattered him for his yellow. When play got going, Lamela found space on the left and drove the ball across goal. Harry couldn't quite reach it and Kyle came sliding in at the far post and shot against the outside of the post. If it had gone in, he would have been denied a goal, as he had gone offside. It was five minutes later, into added time that the final chance of the game came, with Dembele bundling through the middle of the United defence and the ball bobbled awkwardly, but the midfielder still got a shot on goal that de Gea blocked and it ran wide to Alli, who was challenged in the box by Darmian as he ran away from goal. Dele went down, but Mike Dean was not impressed and booked him, which looked a little harsh. It was Dele's last action, as he was subbed by Ryan Mason, leaving the field to a great ovation.
There was only about a minute left and Spurs kept the ball well, with United demoralised and not able to put up any threat to the Tottenham goal. Did the extra half an hour on their coach affect them ? Did it affect Spurs, who were ready to kickoff at 4 and had worked to that ? As it was, the result kept Spurs with some hope of keeping up with Leicester, but they are seven points ahead and will need to lose three matches, when they have only lost three all season. Even then, Spurs have to win all their remaining games and there are still tough ones to come. On this form they are capable of it, with the whole team playing to their potential in achieving what United never looked like getting. Their fans started pouring out when the second goal went in and by the time there was a fight in the South Upper, it was added time and it was more fight than their team had shown on the field.
There were some towering performances for Spurs today. It is a little unfortunate that Kevin Wimmer had to make way for Vertonghen, as he had shone in Jan's place, but the first choice eleven is clearly in Pochettino's mind now. A team performance and one that showed the players all function as a unit, so, even if this season does not end at the top of the table, there is still a lot to come from this squad.
Rick from Rochester
Manchester United's famous
nickname of the Red Devils comes from a pre-season trip to Amsterdam
in the late 1950s, when one player was caught in the infamous sex
zone of the city and his propensity for the pleasures laid before
him earned him the nickname of the Red Horny Devil. His
team-mates all followed suit and thus the name stuck.
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