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Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United kept up their quite remarkable away form by beating Jose Mourinho‘s Tottenham Hotspur. After a controversial decision was made to rule out Edinson Cavani‘s first goal, Son Heung-min opened for the Lilywhites. However, well worked goals by Fred, Cavani and Mason Greenwood earned United a well deserved three points on the road.

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson – 8/10

Henderson was very proactive again today. On multiple occasions, Henderson was seen to be coming out of goal to clear and intercept through balls to Harry Kane, which is a real sign of confidence. He made some great reaction saves to deny Son and Kane during the match. He has looked very comfortable so far as Manchester United’s new No.1.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6.5/10

Wan-Bissaka was given a lot of space by Spurs tonight, which came in extremely handy for United’s second goal. This space was capitalised well as he pushed high up the pitch and provided an outlet, before releasing the ball to United’s forwards for the goal. He also put in a few decent crosses and made some good runs to drag Reguilón around.

Victor Lindelöf – 6/10

Aside from one noticable clearance, Lindelof had a pretty quiet game. He complimented Maguire well and followed instructions when necessary.

Harry Maguire – 6.5/10

With 4 interceptions and two tackles, alongside an 88% passing accuracy, Maguire played another confident performance at the back, winning all four of his aerial duels.

Luke Shaw – 7/10

Shaw once again showed off some of his brilliant offensive abilities, most notably an outrageous trivela cross to Bruno Fernandes during the 2nd half. He created 2 key chances and had a 94% passing accuracy, as well as 3 long balls and 2 tackles.

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Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 6/10

McTominay was defensively solid today, with 5 tackles, 3 clearances and 1 interception to his name. He did alright to progress the ball when he could, although it was far from his best offensive performance to date.

Fred – 6.5/10

Fred scored! A rare occurance, however his interplay with Cavani and instinct to follow up on Cavani’s shot was well rewarded with a goal. He was slightly wayward with a few of his passes today and could have done a lot better from a defensive perspective, but there is no denying his goal gave the Red Devils a much needed lift in the 2nd half.

Bruno Fernandes – 6/10

The ever brilliant Bruno Fernandes had a quiet game today. He failed to provide the spark he normally does, however his mentality and influence on United’s attack cannot be questioned, as he continued to push and motivate the rest of the team to not lose faith.

Forwards

Paul Pogba – 7.5/10

Pogba was much better today than he has been in the last two games. Playing in a slightly unorthadox left-wing role, he was used as an outlet for United both aerially and along the floor, and his statistics speak for themselves. He was a constant creative attacking threat, a role he is very suited to.

Marcus Rashford – 5/10

Today was not Rashford’s today, and you can’t help but feel that he is carrying an injury that’s starting to affect his performances to a worrying extent. He failed to make much of an impact in the 72 minutes he played.

Edinson Cavani – 8/10

After back to back poor performances, Cavani was a different animal in front of goal. His first goal (which was controversially ruled out) was a prime example of his beautiful movement, and his winning goal was an expertly timed header. Great performance overall. He was also a heavy influence on Fred’s goal, combining well with the Brazillian to set himself through on goal.

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Substitutes

Mason Greenwood – 8/10

Despite only playing 24 minutes, Greenwood came on and changed the game. His first time cross for Cavani’s goal was a prime example of his improving creative game, and it was no error that he took that cross first time. He also grabbed as well deserved goal right at the death to seal victory for the Red Devils.

Nemanja Matic – N/A

Matic was subbed on for Bruno Fernandes right at the end of the game to help sure up United’s defence, however he did not make enough of a contribution to earn a rating.

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