Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur hosted Manchester United in a pulsating 1-1 draw in their first game post-COVID lockdown.

Spurs attacker Steven Bergwijn scored a beautiful solo effort in the 26th minute, slithering his way through a host of United players.

United’s equalizer came in the 81st minute after Paul Pogba was fouled in the penalty box. Bruno Fernandes carried his excellent pre-COVID break and coolly slotted home his third goal of the season.

Below are the player ratings from the match.

Tottenham (4-2-3-1)

GK — Hugo Lloris: 7

The Spurs goalie had a busy night. He made two crucial saves in the match, denying Marcus Rashford from close range and tipping off Anthony Martial’s shot over the bar in the second half. He made six saves in the match.

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RB — Serge Aurier: 7

A solid overall performance from the full-back as he was ever-present on the right-wing. He was instrumental in the build-up to Spurs first goal. A solid defensive outing saw him successfully keep Marcus Rashford at bay.

CB — Davinson Sánchez: 6

Saved by his goalkeeper after a defensive error in the early stages of the match. He later grew into the match and was a strong defensive presence for Spurs.

CB — Eric Dier: 6

He made a last-ditch tackle that blocked off Anthony Martial’s shot from point-blank range in the second half. The Spurs man put in a solid shift but would however cause the penalty leading to the Reds’ equalizer by fouling Paul Pogba.

LB — Ben Davies: 6

Calm and composed on the ball, however, lost a lot of possession going forward.

CM — Moussa Sissoko: 7

The Frenchman was simply outstanding. A big bully at the centre of the park, winning tackles and making interceptions.

CM — Harry Winks: 6

A standard performance from the England international.

RW — Heung-Min Son: 7

Excellent attacking option for Spurs. Caused a lot of trouble for United’s full-backs and almost scored the second after his dinking header was acrobatically tipped over by De Gea.

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AM — Erik Lamela: 7

A sensational display from the 28-year-old attacker as he controlled the game for the Spurs side. He continually glided his way through the Reds midfield, completing dribbles while taking on his marker. He also showed his defensive capabilities by occasionally winning ground duels.

LW — Steven Bergwijn: 8

A MOTM performance from the Dutchman as he scored grabbed Spurs only goal of the night. A beautiful solo run from midfield as he glided past three defenders to smash home the ball. He was everywhere on the pitch, winning tackles in his penalty box one minute then taking-on a United full-back the next. He was subbed off in the 70th minute.

ST — Harry Kane: 4

Arguably the worst player on the pitch, Harry Kane delivered a disappointing performance. He was easily dispossessed and constantly delivered a series of misplaced passes. The striker never really found his groove in the match and would ultimately fail to record a single shot in the entire 90 minutes of action.


Giovani Lo Celso: 6 (70 minutes)

He was composed after coming on for Lamela. Linked up well with the wingers while putting in a decent defensive shift as well.

Gedson Fernandes: 5 (70 minutes)

Came on for Bergwijn but ultimately failed to make any impact. He was unable to complete a successful dribble or cross.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1)

GK — David de Gea: 6

The United man was largely undisturbed. He faced just three shots on target but could not stop Bergwijn’s powerfully struck effort in the 26th minute. He kept the Reds in the game, after superbly tipping Heung-Min Son’s dipping header over the bar.

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RB — Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7

As usual, a sound defensive outing from the 22-year-old. He displayed his excellent tackling abilities as he kept Heung-Min Son quiet. He was constantly charging down the right but was let down by his crossing as he often failed to pick a player in the box.

CB — Victor Lindelof: 7

After a sloppy start from the defender, he put in a decent defensive outing. He later got subbed off injured.

CB — Harry Maguire: 6

After being sloppy and easily beaten by Bergwijn in the build-up to Spurs goal, the Manchester United captain was solid defensively. He occasionally supported the attack by pushing the ball up front when the reds were in searched of an equalizer.

LB — Luke Shaw: 7

Excellent option going forward. Sent in a series of dangerous crosses in the match.

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CM — Scott McTominay: 7

A workaholic performance from the midfielder. He was excellent with his ball-winning and aerial duels. He made three clearances and two tackles while recording a passing accuracy of 83%.

CM — Fred: 7

A comfortable display from the midfielder. He was dependable defensively and had a passing accuracy of 93.6% while constantly winning the ball back in midfield.

RW — Daniel James: 5

The Welshman struggled to perform against a defensively solid Spurs side. He recorded a series of inaccurate crosses, dispossessions and capped off a bad day by picking up a yellow card for a silly foul on Eric Dier.

AM — Bruno Fernandes: 8

A superb performance from United’s new man once again. He orchestrated many attacks and poised a major threat with his sublime passing and ability to pick out his man. He calmly slotted in the equalizer and linked up well with Pogba when the Frenchman came on.

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LW — Marcus Rashford: 6

A quiet night. In the first half, he was gifted a chance from close range after a defensive mistake by Davinson Sánchez. He would ultimately fail to convert this chance and gradually fizzle out of the game.

ST — Anthony Martial: 6

Quiet display from the Frenchman. He came close to grabbing a goal after his well-placed effort was saved by Hugo Lloris in the second half.


Paul Pogba: 7 (63 minutes)

Impact sub. He instantly Sprung the United attack into life with his accurate long passes and commanding presence. He would later win the equalizing penalty after skilfully beating his man inside the penalty area.

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Mason Greenwood: 7 (62 minutes)

Another excellent change made by the boss. His excellent passing and ball-winning abilities were his major highlights as he delivered a beautiful performance. His double substitution with Pogba rejuvenated the United attack.

Nemanja Matic: 7 (78 minutes)

His towering presence meant a more defensive cover, allowing Bruno Fernandes to roam more freely. The 31-year-old was spot-on with all his passes while winning one ground duel and making two clearances.

Ighalo: — (78 minutes)

No telling contribution.

Baily: — (89 minutes)

Dint play much.

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Ojele Joshua
Bona Fide football fan with a passion for writing.
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