Tottenham pull off remarkable fight-back to draw with Manchester United, Tottenham Vs Manchester United
On Thursday in north London, Tottenham Hotspur completed an incredible comeback to tie 2-2 with Manchester United in a crucial Premier League match.
Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford gave Man United the lead in the first half, but Son Heung-Min’s late goal and Pedro Porro’s magical play for Spurs forced the top-six rivals to settle for a point each.
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As a consequence, United remains in fourth position with 60 points, two points behind Thursday’s champions Newcastle United in third, and Tottenham surprisingly moves up to fifth place with 54 points, ahead of Aston Villa on goal differential.
With Rashford’s assistance, Sancho scored the first goal for Erik ten Hag’s squad after seven minutes had passed. After receiving a ball from his United teammate, Sancho manoeuvred in a confined area before launching a low line drive that beat Fraser Forster at his far post.
As the first half went on, Spurs began to control the game, and David de Gea was forced to make a wonderful reflex save from Ivan Perisic’s flicked-on header minutes after Richarlison had burst clear on goal only to have his centering pass to a wide-open Son blocked to safety by the United defenders.
As the half progressed, United started to have trouble getting the ball out of their own area, and Richarlison continued to pose a threat down the left wing, but to no avail.
Before the half, the talented Rashford gave Tottenham difficulty twice before delivering on his third attempt to get United back on track. The England international received a pass over the top from Bruno Fernandes, turned Eric Dier inside out in the penalty area, and then hammered a goal past Forster to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.
On the hour mark, a sluggish Spurs team stormed out of the locker room to cut United’s advantage in half. Porro collected Diogo Dalot’s clearance and deftly placed a shot with the outside of his right foot into the upper right corner of De Gea’s goal.
The hosts came close to regaining the lead only seconds later, but Fernandes, who had ducked between two Spurs defenders in the heart of the penalty area, almost imperceptibly struck the crossbar with only Forster to beat.
With the ball in their hands now, Tottenham created opportunity after chance and could have equalised via Dier before the end of the first half, but the veteran Spur failed to even get his clear-cut header on goal when he was left alone at the top of United’s 6-yard box.
Harry Kane burst down the right side and sent a low rocket to the far post where Son was ready to score and give the jubilant home crowd even more to scream about, giving Spurs their well-deserved second.
The second-half comeback prevented Tottenham’s once-promising season from degenerating into disaster, and new interim coach Ryan Mason, who took over for the fired Cristian Stellini, was probably happy to leave with a point.