Late targets by Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood sealed Manchester United a 3-1 comeback win in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur, cementing their place within the Premier League top-four and leaving the London membership’s hopes of becoming a member of them trying slim on Sunday.
Cavani had a aim controversially dominated out in an in any other case boring first half shortly earlier than Son Heung-min gave Tottenham a Fortieth-minute lead with their first shot heading in the right direction.
The second half was much more energetic with United dominant.
Fred equalised from shut vary simply earlier than the hour-mark and Cavani then made up for his first-half frustration by diving to move dwelling within the 79th minute.
The closest Tottenham got here to an equaliser was when Cavani headed an tried clearance in opposition to his personal publish.
But substitute Greenwood made positive of the win when he fired previous Hugo Lloris with nearly the ultimate kick.
Second-placed United’s win allowed them to chop runaway leaders Manchester City’s result in 11 factors having performed one sport fewer, though maybe extra importantly they’re 9 factors above fifth-placed Chelsea.
Tottenham keep in seventh spot, six factors behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
It was a end result that mentioned a lot concerning the two groups.
While a resilient United at the moment are unbeaten of their final 23 Premier League away video games, solely 4 wanting Arsenal’s report, Tottenham have now dropped 18 factors from profitable positions within the Premier League this season.
It was additionally candy revenge for United who had been crushed 6-1 at dwelling by Tottenham at the beginning of the season.
“We owed Tottenham a proper game — we had that in our minds — and today was much better than last time,” United midfielder Scott McTominay mentioned.
The opening half an hour was turgid however issues livened up significantly within the thirty fourth minute when United opened up Tottenham’s defence with Cavani taking pictures previous Hugo Lloris after being performed in by Paul Pogba.
United’s celebrations had been lower brief although as referee Chris Kavanagh was instructed by the VAR to test a monitor to see whether or not McTominay had caught Son within the face along with his arm within the build-up. It had regarded unintentional however Kavanagh thought in any other case, a lot to the frustration of United’s gamers.
“The game has gone. Game has absolutely gone,” United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned of the choice.
To rub salt into United’s wounds, Son opened the scoring shortly afterwards following a protracted spell of Tottenham possession which ended with Harry Kane enjoying in Lucas Moura whose cross was turned previous Dean Henderson by the South Korean.
Solskjaer mentioned the injustice they felt “kick-started” his group and they had been significantly better after the break with Lloris denying Bruno Fernandes with a fantastic low save and Pogba near back-heeling an equaliser.
The stress lastly informed although when United once more opened up Tottenham’s defence and whereas Lloris did properly to avoid wasting Cavani’s effort the ball fell for Fred to ram within the equaliser.
Son pressured a good save from Henderson as Tottenham responded however United regarded the stronger facet and Greenwood, who changed Marcus Rashford within the 72nd minute, picked out Cavani to move his facet into the lead.
Greenwood then rounded off a brilliant cameo efficiency along with his facet’s third.