Tottenham vs Manchester United: reaction, replay, videos, analysis


LONDON – Tottenham vs Manchester United was a clash between two teams littered with stars but under great pressure.

And it was the United superstars who got the job done for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a beauty, then prepared Edinson Cavani to score a magnificent counterattack goal and late on Marcus Rashford finished things up to bring the score to 3-0.

What a victory for United, as Spurs are in a world of trouble under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Here’s everything you need on Tottenham vs Manchester United.

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Tottenham vs Manchester United live analysis, reaction, videos! – By Joe Prince-Wright in North London

What a decisive victory for Manchester United at Tottenham. Superstars stood up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he needed it most. As for Spurs, well, they are going through a very difficult time under Nuno Espirito Santo as the negative stats, performance and atmosphere continue to add up. Click on the links above for all the latest news.

FULL TIME: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players celebrate with away supporters after the 3-0 victory. The players from Tottenham and Nuno Espirito Santo booed each other. Talk about contrasting emotions …

“We want Levy to come out!” Sing Tottenham fans. It gets ugly here. The atmosphere is toxic.

GOAL! Substitute Marcus Rashford returns home a third. United flight. Chaotic Tottenham.

15 minutes to go. United cruise. Tottenham in trouble. Spurs fans are really upset here at the stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo is replaced and Marcus Rashford comes in. Ronaldo is not very happy. Why would it be? He’s having a hell of a time there.

GOAL! Sexy Manchester United football. Bruno Fernandes won the ball, played in Ronaldo and he timed the pass to perfection for Cavani to come home. It was pure class. Some fans at home were even applauding this. Goal and assist for Ronaldo. Tottenham is finished.

Meanwhile, away, Man United fans are serenading Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “Ole is driving! ” they sing.

The atmosphere has changed here at Spurs. Home fans are getting very restless. Now singing for Dele Alli to come. It’s going to be a very difficult situation for Nuno Espirito Santo to turn around.

55th minute: Huge boos for Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo from home fans as he brings out Lucas Moura and brings in Steven Bergwijn. It had been a long time since I had heard such loud taunts for a replacement. Tottenham fans then chant “You don’t know what you’re doing!” in Nuno. Wow.

Ronaldo had the ball in the net early in the second half, but it was offside. Still, a very neat finish. He crushed him at home in front of Lloris, but he was just offside. Both teams look so much better when playing live.

HALF TIME: What a tight and tense first half. A real quality part makes all the difference. Ronaldo with a stun to put Solskjaer’s team 1-0. Spurs were booed by many of their fans at halftime.

BUTLL! From scratch, Cristiano Ronaldo puts Manchester United 1-0 with a sensational volley. Bruno Fernandes finds him with a perfect pass and Ronaldo hits home through the goal. Majestic finish! “Viva Ronaldo” sings the end outside. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits the air with glee. It’s pure Ronaldo class.

Both teams look so nervous when they put the ball in the final third. Low confidence levels. Lots of loose passes and crossings. Kane, Son, Ronaldo and Cavani must be so frustrated. Lots of moans and moans from both groups of fans here in the stadium. “The game is on the glory” is on digital banners around the ground. Hmm. Not immediately.

SAVE! Fred crushes a shot on goal from a distance that Hugo Lloris pushes back. A decent effort and a decent save. Decent all around.

WITHOUT ANY GOAL! Cristian Romero hits the far post after Eric Dier nods in a corner… but the flag goes up, late. Romero was just offside. United left him completely unnoticed, however. A warning.

LUCK! Edinson Cavani shoots a broad header. It’s free in the box a few times now. The game now opens.

LUCK! Heung-min Son controls an overhead ball very well and passes just from close range. Difficult luck. The spurs are improving.

CHANCES! Tottenham had plenty of the ball and Heung-min Son’s deflected shot went right off. At the other end, Edinson Cavani gets closer. Eric Dier blocks a shot from Cavani shortly after following a good run from Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the away team chants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name. Great start from United.

TO START UP: We are leaving here in North London. United indeed play with Cavani and Ronaldo leading in a 5-3-2 formation. Ultra defensive.

With Solskjaer moving to a 3-5-2 system, pragmatism is the key word for United. As for Spurs, Nuno is sticking to 4-2-3-1 and will rely on Harry Kane to do business.

Apart from the game. What. A stadium.

Welcome to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium! The sun is shining. Both gloom is surrounding as Spurs and United given the recent results.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was heckled upon arriving at the stadium as the Red Devils must show a reaction after their bombing at the hands of Liverpool last week. Tottenham fans also expect them to get started. Something must give. Are you interested in a draw?


Tottenham squad news, injuries, lineup

Bryan Gil suffered a hamstring injury in a midweek cup game and is missing the game. Ryan Sessegnon remains absent.

Manchester United squad news, injuries, lineup

Raphael Varane returns early from injury to start. Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo are absent, while Paul Pogba is suspended for his red card against Liverpool. Edinson Cavani comes out on top as it looks like United have gone to a 3-5-2.


Ends and ends (Full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Tottenham are a slight underdog at home, distributing +185 for a win against +135 for a win at Manchester United. A draw sends +250 in the direction of the bettors.

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Prediction

Varane’s potential comeback is huge here, as Harry Maguire is in one of the worst streaks of his career and Pogba’s absence will demand more of the cast-backs. Harry Kane is expected to make a breakout, but will that happen in London or when he finally seals a departure from London? There’s only one way for everyone besides Hugo Lloris and David De Gea to hate the day, and we see it coming: Tottenham 0-0 Manchester United.


How to watch Tottenham vs. Manchester United live, broadcast and start time

Kick off: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBC
In line: Stream via NBCSports.com



John C. Dent

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