Fred-onaldo and Edi Cavani Goals Outshine Spurs

Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur in yet another comeback win in their Premier League fixture on Sunday. Goals from Fred, Cavani, and Mason canceled out an earlier Son goal to give United an impressive 3-1 win. Despite showing some fatigue in the first half, United displayed excellent grit and determination to negate Spurs. With this win, Manchester United’s away record goes up to 23 unbeaten games on the road.

Starting XI – Tried and Tested

Ole tweaked the side slightly for this game. Henderson furthered his position as the #1 choice keeper. Maguire and Lindelof were the center-back pairing along with Wan-Bissaka and Shaw. McTominay and Fred were the holding midfielders behind Pogba, Rashford, and Bruno. Edinson Cavani was the lone striker today. The bench included van de Beek, Matic, Greenwood, Telles, and Tuanzebe among others. 

First Half – VAR is a Joke…. No Goal??

Both sides started the game with intent but cooled off shortly. Spurs needed a win in this game more, and they pushed United’s defense in the early minutes. Lindelof made multiple clearing headers while under immense pressure. The game mostly stayed around the halfway line, but Fred made a rare foray into the attacking half but the move amounted to nothing. Rashford had another chance from close range, but his effort was blocked. Till the 30th minute, both sides had only accumulated one shot on target apiece.  The game erupted shortly after when Pogba played an excellent pass into Cavani who fired into the far corner. Unfortunately, the goal was overturned by VAR for an apparent foul by McTominay on Son. Understandably, United’s players and staff were furious with the VAR call but couldn’t do much to influence the decision. 

Things went from bad to worse for United as despite going up, United fell behind to Tottenham minutes later. In the 40th minute, a quick passing movement from the Spurs’ front 3 allowed Moura to play Son into the box and score. Poor defending there from Lindelof who missed a chance to clear the ball moments earlier. Furthermore, Rashford lost Son and allowed him to jog into the box absolutely unmarked. With the away record under threat, United needed to scale another comeback to remain unbeaten. Despite their best efforts, United could not find a decent opportunity on goal. The wingbacks and the midfield were too static, and the delivery for Cavani was sub-par. 

Second Half – Was There Ever a Doubt!!? Late Goal!

Manchester United began the half with speed and intensity as Rashford carved out an early chance, but was unable to get a shot away. The Reds’ passing and movement improved, and Shaw and AWB seemed to combine very well. Wan-Bissaka made another crossing attempt that almost made its way to Cavani. It was one-way traffic in favor of United as shot after shot came close to going in. United were unfazed and broke open Spurs’ defense in the 57th minute. An excellent give-and-go movement allowed Cavani to get a shot on target, but the rebound fell to Fred who fired into the top corner bringing United level! Spurs looked for the offside call but the goal stood.

Tottenham came close to regaining the lead but Henderson made a smart foot save to deny Son. Bruno came close too, forcing a save from Hugo Lloris. For the final 20 minutes, Ole brought on Mason Greenwood to replace Rashford. Both sides dueled for the lead but it was United who eventually scored the go-ahead goal through Edinson Cavani. Bruno and Mason combined well on the right, allowing Mason to drill an inswinging cross from the right towards Cavani, who promptly headed home making it 2-1! No chance of that getting struck down, as United were on their way to securing another 3 points. Cavani was the hero on the other end of the pitch as well when he headed out an attempt on target, protecting United’s lead.

Ole looked to preserve the lead by bringing on Matic to replace Bruno in the 90th minute. Spurs could not muster any significant chances in injury time, but there was another goal in the game. Pogba floated a pass to Greenwood who dummied Reguilon and created space before unleashing a powerful right-footed effort. Lloris got his palm to it but the 19-year old striker’s shot was too good and found the back of the net. 3-1! Job done and dusted! 

Full-Time Thoughts – 28 Points From Losing Positions!

Manchester United have now won 28 points from losing positions this season. The team played excellently in the second half, giving Spurs no chance to win the game. Wan-Bissaka and Shaw put in a good shift to keep Kane, Moura, and Son alienated for a majority of the game. Although Lindelof made an error in the first goal, he made up for it with his clearances. Fred too redeemed himself with the goal, after struggling in the first half. Paul Pogba was world-class in the second half as Spurs had no answer for the Frenchman.

The team’s passing and movement were excellent as they created space and moved off the ball with determination and confidence. Edinson Cavani showed why he is considered one of the best strikers in the world with a brilliant performance. United now sit solidly in second place with 63 points, ahead of Leicester who have 56 points, and West Ham who have 55. Up next, a home fixture against Granada before squaring off against Burnley. 

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About Deep Chadha 48 Articles
Hi, my name is Deep and I have been a Manchester United fan since I was 10 years old! This club means everything to me and I have spent many late nights and early mornings watching games, and then re-watching highlights. Hoping to see #21 in our trophy cabinet soon! GGMU

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