Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6 – Couldn’t do anything about either goals in the first half and did well to prevent the hosts from making it worse before the break.

Antonio Valencia 6 – As usual, the Ecuadorian was one of the more reliable players on a night when Manchester United’s cage was well and truly rattled. Fought hard defensively and produced a sensible display on the ball.

Phil Jones 4 – A truly miserable night for a defender in great form prior to this clash. Lacked urgency for Tottenham’s first goal and, well, I don’t need to say anything about that own goal.

Chris Smalling 5 – Lacked strength and discipline throughout the encounter, twisting like a fish out of water whenever Harry Kane got the ball. Another unconvincing outing.

Ashley Young 6 – Brought his standard application and energy to the table out wide, but mainly frustrated whenever he entered Spurs’ half and could have done better for Tottenham’s opener.

Nemanja Matic 5 – The Serbian, perhaps unsurprisingly, found himself completely overrun by a midfield trio comprising of Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier and Dele Alli. Couldn’t even begin to shift play forward or maintain possession with no options around him.

Paul Pogba 5 – This was the first time Jose Mourinho brought the Frenchman off for reasons other than injury. Completely failed to generate any momentum against a packed midfield, frustratingly losing the ball or misplacing a pass when he did break free.

Jesse Lingard 5 – Never truly found his way into the game. Didn’t get on the ball nearly enough in the first half and lacked precision around the final third.

Alexis Sanchez 6 – Not the debut the Chilean would have wanted. Gave everything on the ball, displaying more attacking innovation than anyone, but couldn’t influence the game regularly.

Anthony Martial 5 – A largely anonymous display from the Frenchman, who struggled to find space or offer precision in the final third.

Romelu Lukaku 5 – Once again found himself feeding off scraps for the most part, reduced to flicking on headers and holding up lost causes. Forced Hugo Lloris into a save in the second half but, aside from that, had precious little influence in the box.

Substitutes

Juan Mata 

Marouane Fellaini

Ander Herrera

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