5 things we learnt from Manchester United's win against Spurs


Manchester United have lost just 4 games this season in the Premier League and could still be one of the teams to look out for in the title race with top four all but secured.

They got a much deserved win against José Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur which saw the London club lose their second consecutive league game in a row. This is all after getting knocked out of the Europa League.

So, here is what we learned from watching the game.

1. VAR controversy again

It is becoming a regular occurrence now. The video assistant referee has seemingly caused more problems than it has solved in the modern game.

United had a goal ruled out in the first half due to an alleged foul by Scott Mctominay in the build up to the goal. Son Heung-Min scored shortly afterwards and you could see United pushing after that.

2. Pogba's World class performance

That could arguably be Paul Pogba's best individual performance for the club since he joined.

He had 76 touches of the ball with an 88% passing accuracy rate which is unreal considering he was pushing up to create chances.

He won 12 duels, completed 6 out of 8 take-ons and won 4 out of 5 aerial duels. He made 4 ball recoveries and 4 clearances while creating 2 chances and getting one assist.

3. José Mourinho's mind games did not work this time

In the build up to the game, José Mourinho was constantly taking subtle hits at both Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This has been his trademark strategy all his career. Even Pep Guardiola remarked on it. But it did not seem to work this time.

After the game, oddly enough, he resorted to using those mind games again even after the loss. It looked like a last ditch attempt to deflect the blame from yet another embarrassing defeat.

4. Wan-Bissaka had a quietly good game

In fact, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was one of the best defenders on that pitch. While he still has a way to go in improving his attacking ability, he was nothing short of superb in both halves of the game.

With the 75 touches of the ball he had, he completed 39 passes which amounted to 86.7% and managed to create one chance.

He made 5 tackles, 5 interceptions, 3 clearances and blocked one shot. He completed one cross out of the 2 he attempted, he won 6 of 7 ground duels and 1 of two aerial duels while he completed the only dribble he attempted.

5. A striker like Cavani

Signing Edison Cavani has proved that United needs a world class centre forward if they want to compete with a team like Manchester City. The Uruguayan's movement in and around the box is something none of the other forwards have and something Solskjaer seems to desperately need.

The striker is reportedly on the verge of getting a new long term deal with the club but he is far from being a long term option.

What else did you notice from the game?

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