Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Man United

Tottenham Hotspur managed to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Man United in North London last night to put the embarrassment of Newcastle behind them. 

Let’s take a look at five things we learned from the match:

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ENIC Out – We have seen plenty of flags and banners and heard plenty of chants over the years, but this is as hostile as Tottenham supporters have even been. A protest before the game, banners in the stadium, constant chants about wanting Levy to go, and ENIC Out balloons thrown onto the pitch. The summer and new manager will likely decide whether this intensifies or blows over.

Ryan Mason’s Lilywhite Army – There is only so much Ryan Mason can do with his limited time in charge, but the main thing Spurs fans want is to see some fight and feel some enjoyment at the end of a long, hard season. Hopefully, last night can be the start of that process. The second half was the best Spurs have played in a long time, with lots of exciting moments to cheer about. And you could see Mason, who made some great subs, living every second on the touchline.

Harry Kane, We’ll See You In June – We all heard the chants from the Man United away fans last night, taunting that Kane will become a Red Devil in the summer. And if that was his audition then Spurs could be in trouble. The England captain absolutely ran the show in the second half. The difference between Spurs selling Kane and getting him to sign a new deal completely transforms what kind of transfer window it will be this summer. And every Spurs fan will hope for the latter.

Captain Skipp – You can see why Oliver Skipp is so highly-rated with the fans and in the dressing room. When others have lacked fight and grit over recent weeks, he has been throwing himself around and getting stuck in. I am really intrigued to see him get a run of games alongside a creative spark like James Maddison, with Rodrigo Bentancur back in there too. He is shaping into a great defensive sweeper.

European Football – With just a handful of games left to go, it really begs the question for Spurs, what is better European football or no European football? The first option comes with lots of increased revenue and more of a pull factor in the transfer market. The latter gives Spurs a rare season to concentrate on domestic football only and perhaps make up ground in the league and win a cup. There are benefits to both, and I suspect fans will be split down the middle.

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