Indeed, a happy new year now! Four points against Manchester United in two years running. I think the only reason we could actually hold on was because of Lloris. At the time when United got the three corners in a row, we could’ve easily conceded easily but all credits to him for keeping us in it! We had the edge over them in the final third and I felt, broke their defense quite easily. Although we didn’t keep possession, we got the three points so lets enjoy this one!
Hugo Lloris – 8.5. Other than the goal, hardly did much wrong! Probably his best performance after his head collision against Everton. Quick up clearing the ball away from the area, critical saves and simply a brilliant performance.
Kyle Walker – 7.5. First half, was poor. Easily troubled by Adnan Januzaj and might be one of his worst games defensively but improved as the match went on. Stayed more at our half rather than the opposition which just showed how important the player positioning was today.
Michael Dawson – 7.5. Again, similar to Walker. Troubled by Welbeck at the first half but as the game grew, stayed more composed. Helped keep the team strong and the defense tight.
Vlad Chiriches – 9. Our best player for today. Looked sharp, confident and very few mistakes. Improved alot from the poor performances before the Stoke City game and just shows how important he can for us in the second half of the season.
Danny Rose – 8. Better than Kyle Walker at the other end. Made great runs forward and stayed sharp defensively. Handled Januzaj the only best way we could tonight.
Etienne Capoue – 7.5. Was happy to see him start for the first time with Tim in charge. I really felt we needed a CDM coming in this game as it would help more with our defense. Overall good performance but hesitated to go forward which didn’t please Tim much.
Moussa Dembele – 7.5. For me, an average performance compared to Stoke. Lost the ball more than he usually does but keep our midfield strong.
Christian Eriksen – 8. Great cross in for the assist, great positioning for the goal. Could’ve provided more creativity which would’ve probably helped us get some more chances.
Aaron Lennon – 8.5. Troubled the defensive throughout. First Evra, then Vidic and then just most of United really. We have been missing him at the right wing and he is making up for it by playing some amazing football.
Roberto Soldado – 8. Unlucky with his finishing, just can’t wait for his form to be back now. Great link up play by dropping back and creating great attacking chances. Crucial movement for the first goal which was probably ignored by everyone.
Emmanuel Adebayor – 8. Great goal! The air time and placement of the ball was just perfect! Again, dropped deep like Soldado and got involved in the play. Helped at crucial times in the defense which was necessary with the pressure they put in. Great to see him back in form and hope he recovers soon.
Nabil Bentaleb – 6. Came on for Capoue. After two outstanding performances, this wasn’t the best one. Looked nervous and lacked confidence probably because of the pressure from United and the crowd. An average performance to say the least.
Nacer Chadli – 4. Came on for injured Adebayor. A handful of touches. Looked lost in the middle of the pitch and didn’t provide enough defensive support as he usually does.
Harry Kane – N/A. Came on late for Soldado.
Tim Sherwood – 7.5. Got the tactics spot on. Open end to end, attacking play. Made sure the keep stayed tight and composed throughout. Poor substitution decisions.
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