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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: Premier League – live!


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So that’s your lot. Thanks for reading this MBM. David Hytner was our man at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening. Here’s his report. Enjoy!

Roy relents. Keano, much calmer than he was during that half-time salvo, says he’d now consider letting David de Gea on the bus home to Manchester. However he’d have to sit at the back.

A slightly downcast Steven Bergwijn talks. “We had a good first half but the second we let them come too much. We didn’t pressure them, and it was difficult to come out. It was different with no public, but we knew there was a million people watching the game, that’s what the manager told us to keep in mind.”

Bruno Fernandes speaks. “We did very well. It was a difficult game. We started good but they scored on the counter. We scored and had chances to score more. We want to win every game and we are not happy but it’s a good result. After a long stop, I think we did very well. We need to look for the Champions League. We are one point closer.”

A fair enough result on balance, though not one that’s particularly useful for either club. Tottenham remain in eight position on 42 points, still four behind Manchester United, who stay in fifth on 46. Fourth-placed Chelsea can open up a five-point gap on United if they win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

FULL TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United

There’s just enough time for Bruno Fernandes to flash a wild shot miles to the left of goal, and that’s that. Mourinho and Solskjaer both seem happy enough, though that’s a great result for Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hugs Paul Pogba at the end of the match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hugs Paul Pogba at the end of the match. Photograph: Matthew Childs/AFP/Getty Images


90 min +5: United win a throw out on the left. Spurs think it’s their ball, but no. Shaw romps down the wing. The ball ends up at the feet of Greenwood on the other flank. He drops a shoulder to advance down the channel, and fizzes a shot across the face of goal and inches wide of the left-hand post.

90 min +3: Both teams are well aware of the value of a precious win. As a result, added time has been a hectic nonsense.

90 min +1: There will be five extra minutes. Plenty of time for somebody to find a winner.

90 min: Rashford makes his way past Aurier down the left. The ball squirts towards Bruno Fernandes, who goes over with Dier nearby. The referee points to the spot. Mourinho races onto the pitch, effing and jeffing. But the decision goes to VAR, and Fernandes went over way too easily. Dier had stopped short, like Frank Costanza. The decision’s overturned.

Hugo Lloris appeals to referee Jonathan Moss.

Hugo Lloris appeals to referee Jonathan Moss. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Reuters


89 min: Bailly comes on for McTominay.

88 min: Kane blooters a witless effort straight into the wall. He looks knackered, understandably so given he’s not played since January.

87 min: McTominay is forced to hack a Lo Celso cross behind for a corner. The set piece is cleared, but Greenwood clips Lo Celso’s ankle, and this is another free kick, 25 yards out, in a position just to the left of centre.

85 min: Nothing comes from Son’s free kick, a deflected shot. United break, Pogba pearling an exquisite volleyed pass down the left to release Rashford. But Sanchez has a head of steam tracking back, and nicks the ball away from Rashford just as he’s shaping to shoot.

84 min: Lo Celso takes up possession, just to the left of the United box. Pogba barges into him from behind. Free kick in a very dangerous position. “If Scargill was in charge at least Spurs would never be short of strikers.” Andrew Champney, ladies and gentlemen.

83 min: Spurs try to hit back immediately. Davies, quarterbacking from deep, sails a long ball down the inside left. Son times his run to beat the offside trap … but there’s too much juice on the pass, and out it flies. Goal kick.

GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United (Fernandes 81 pen)

Fernandes sends Lloris the wrong way, smacking a fine penalty into the bottom left! United deserve to be level.

Bruno Fernandes fires in the penalty.

Bruno Fernandes fires in the penalty. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Reuters


Penalty for Manchester United!

80 min: Pogba diddles a flat-footed Dier down the right, and dribbles along the byline. Dier, panicking and chasing, clips Pogba and it’s a no-brainer of a decision for the referee.

Eric Dier downs Paul Pogba.

Eric Dier downs Paul Pogba. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Reuters


79 min: Wan-Bissaka whips a decent high cross in from the right. Neither Greenwood nor Ighalo time their runs properly, and Spurs clear.

78 min: United make another double change, replacing Martial and a limping Lindelof with Ighalo and Matic. McTominay will drop back to deputise in the injured Lindelof’s stead.

77 min: Lo Celso clips a cute pass down the inside-right for Aurier, who is convinced he’s won a corner off Lindelof. The assistant ref agrees, and flags accordingly; the ref isn’t having it, though, and awards a goal kick. Aurier is livid.

75 min: Spurs have steadied themselves since that double change. United not looking quite so dangerous at the minute.

73 min: Maguire half-clears the corner. Davies swings in from the other flank. Sanchez prepares to head home, but De Gea punches away just in time.

72 min: “We’re playing so deep the Spurs shop is going to start selling branded miners’ lamps,” writes Adam Levine. “Arthur Scargill’s going to be our next manager.” So with that, Adam’s team stream up the other end, Aurier winning a corner off Shaw out on the right.

71 min: A double change for Spurs, as Bergwijn and Lamela make way for Lo Celso and Gedson Fernandes.

69 min: Spurs have been under the cosh for the last few minutes, pretty much since Pogba’s come on. So they’re happy to break for drinks.

67 min: Nothing comes from the resulting set piece. What a save that was, though!

66 min: Aurier loses possession again, stripped this time on the Spurs right by Shaw. Shaw hooks infield. Martial takes a touch and flashes a glorious rising shot towards the top right. It’s heading in, but Lloris fingertips a world-class save over the bar. I wonder if Roy Keane expected him to throw his cap on that while casually pulling on a cheroot?

Anthony Martial reacts.

Anthony Martial reacts. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images


64 min: Pogba drives in from the left. He slips a ball to Fernandes, who spins gracefully then threads a sensational low pass down the inside-right channel to find Martial in the box. There was no margin for error there. Forensic, to borrow a word from every political commentator. But Martial hesitates before shooting, allowing Dier to slide across and take the sting out of the shot.

63 min: Pogba’s immediately in the thick of it, taking a shot, then stripping Aurier of possession and forcing a corner. Kane heads the set piece clear, but United come straight back at Spurs, who are finding it hard to get out of their final third.

Pogba on. Fred off.

Pogba on. Fred off. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Reuters


62 min: The corner is a non-event. Meanwhile Ole has seen enough: James and an unhappy, head-shaking Fred are replaced by Greenwood and Pogba.

61 min: Son meanders down the left and cuts inside. He curls towards Bergwijn, racing in from the right. Shaw nips in to head out for a corner.

59 min: Maguire goes sliding in on Bergwijn. It probably should be a free kick, out on the left, but the ball breaks to Kane, who fires low into the centre. Shaw does well to get in front of Lamela to clear.

57 min: This match is beginning to open up, as players get tired during the first game back. This may well benefit United more than Spurs, but we’ll see.


55 min: Martial runs at the Spurs defence, then lays off to Fernandes on the right. Fernandes has a whack first time. His low diagonal fizzer whistles past the left-hand post, an inch or so away. So close. Lloris makes out like he had it covered, but I’m not so sure. Had that been on target, tucked tight in the corner, it’d have been in.

53 min: McTominay takes a speculative shot from distance. It slaps Fernandes in the back. United can’t get going up front at all. “Entertaining as Keane’s tirade was, I can’t help thinking he was performing for the cameras,” argues Thomas Atkins. “It was just some sub-optimal defending followed by a goalkeeping error, but Keane went off like they were losing 8-0. It’s the Michael Bolton problem. If you turn everything up to 11 in the first verse, where do you go from there?”

51 min: A free kick for United out on the right. Fernandes curls it in. It’s easily headed clear by Dier. Spurs stream up the other end, Lamela attempting to slip Son clear down the inside-left channel. But once again his final ball is appalling. He’s been better breaking things down than building them up today.

49 min: Martial has only had nine touches so far tonight, Kane ten. Fair enough, it happens to strikers sometimes. But Sissoko’s only touched the ball ten times, too. He’s playing in the centre of midfield! God help him when Jose discovers that stat.

47 min: James has a wee probe down the left and nearly works his way into the box, but he’s got no options inside and is eventually forced to turn tail.

The actual football can’t live up to that majestic Roy Keane broadside, in that sense we’re done here for the evening. But here we go again. Spurs get the ball rolling for the second half.

On Sky Sports, Roy Keane is fuming at footage of the Spurs goal. The teeth are bared, the brow is furrowed, and there’s quite a lot of steam coming out of his lugs. “I’m shocked at that goal … I’m fuming here, watching that game of football … I can’t believe [spits] Shaw, heading the ball up in the air and then running forward … I am staggered at Maguire, [with great emphasis] staggered at an international player getting done like this … and I am sick to death of this goalkeeper. I would be fighting him at half time, there is no getting away from that. I would be swinging punches at that guy. This is a standard save for an established international goalkeeper. I am flabbergasted. Maguire! And De Gea … I wouldn’t even let him on the bus after the match. Get a taxi back to Manchester. Shocking, I am disgusted. De Gea?! Maguire? Letting people run past you while playing for Manchester United? That De Gea is the most overrated goalkeeper I’ve seen in a long time.” He then suggests he would have saved the Son header De Gea tipped over too. In fact De Gea should have caught it. Patrice Evra and Kelly Cates allow themselves a smile and a guffaw, but as Cates cuts to commercials, Keane sits quietly fuming. Magnificent television. Swinging punches, a taxi home … what a glorious tirade!

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HALF TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester United

And that’s the end of the first half. United were beginning to get on top when Spurs broke and scored, a combination of Bergwijn’s brilliance and De Gea’s weak wrists. Since then, the hosts have been the better side. Some thinking to do for Ole at half-time. Will we see Pogba?

45 min +3: Fernandes jinks his way past Winks and lashes a swerver towards goal. Lloris is right behind it.

45 min +2: Wan-Bissaka and James combine down the right and earn a corner off Son. Fernandes takes. Maguire attacks it with a view of winning a header, but Dier gets in the way.

45 min +1: Aurier has a crack from the right-hand edge of the United D. The ball curls harmlessly wide left, never troubling the goal.

45 min: United could do with the half-time whistle. They’ll hear it in three minutes’ time.

43 min: … Winks blazes over the bar from distance. The shot deflected off Fernandes’ toe, but Spurs aren’t getting the second corner they’re owed.

Jose Mourinho keeps an eye on proceedings.

Jose Mourinho keeps an eye on proceedings. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images


42 min: Lamela and Aurier work the ball wide right for Son, who has a belt from the edge of the box. The shot is deflected out for a corner, from which …

41 min: Lamela taps Rashford on the ankle. He’s surely tested the referee’s patience once too often … but no, still no booking. Then Dier barges into James. No foul, though it should be. James, a ball of frustration, hacks back at Dier, and into the book he goes.

40 min: A game of head tennis breaks out.

38 min: Something of a lull as the game gets scrappy, in the early/pre-season style.

36 min: Spurs are getting plenty of joy down the right. Sissoko, Aurier and Bergwijn ping a couple of triangles and nearly open United up. Not quite. Shaw has clearly been identified as a weak link by Mourinho. Like that’s breaking news.

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