Player ratings – Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 Manchester United U21s

by jonnyescott

Sam Johnstone 7 An unfamiliar shaky performance by the ever reliant keeper who was looking to impress in front of the watching Sir Alex Ferguson. A couple of very good saves but looked a bit nervous at times.

Frederic Veseli 6 Looked good going forward and supporting down the wing but was often exposed when Tottenham attacked down the left. Didn’t really have much of an impact on the game.

Michael Keane 5 Like Johnstone, he looked uncharacteristically out of place in the back four today. Main contribution was a strong run down the right wing in the first half which came to nothing but defensively wise he was poor, despite taking a big right hand in the jaw from Johnstone in the second half.

Mikael Fornasier 6 Made a few good clearances but that was about it from the young Italian centre back. Did well to cover Veseli at times when Spurs countered but apart from that he wasn’t really in the game much.

Sean McGinty 7 Looked very comfy today and Spurs mainly attacked down the left but did well when called upon to make important tackles. Looked composed on the ball and was without doubt our best defender.

 Jesse Lingard 7 Was his usual self helping to create chances and making the odd tackle. Looked lively until he picked up and injury late in the first half which he never really recovered from.

Tom Thorpe 6 A commanding performance by the Captain. Cleaned up what the back four couldn’t but was unfortunate to go off late in the second half due to a head injury.

Ryan Tunnicliffe 7 Didn’t show any signs that his recent charge of drink driving had affected him. Didn’t well to cover the whole of the pitch due to the pace of Spurs’s counter attacks but a few wayward passes almost overshadowed his all but faultless performance.

Larnell Cole 5 Very quiet game for Cole. Didn’t look his usual self and stayed out of the spot light a lot. Tried new things creative wise but they just didn’t come off for him today.

Robbie Brady 4 Far too selfish for me today. Decision making was no where near up to the standard in which it should be. A moon bound free kick in the first half just about summed up his performance.

 Josh King 8 United’s man of the match for me despite only playing the first half. Troubled Spurs’s backline throughout the first period and would have continued to cause them problems had it not been for an injury which meant he had to be substituted at half time. Game changed completely when he wasn’t on the pitch.

Subs

Tom Lawrence 6 More or less un-noticed for the second half until a superb curling effort grabbed a goal back for United but it was just too late

 Tyler Blackett– N/A

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