Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s defeat to Man United

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Man United this evening, despite going into half-time one goal to the good.

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

Top four race – Even the most optimistic of Spurs fans would probably admit that the top four race is done for the North Londoners now this season. With Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool playing well, Spurs would need to win all seven games to stand a real chance. What a fall from grace from Christmas.

All eyes on Wembley – As such, Tottenham will now be firmly focussed on preparing for the cup final at Wembley. This one game will decide whether the club have had a good season or a woeful one.

Dropped points from winning positions – Coming into the game, Spurs had dropped a whopping 13 points from winning positions in the final 15 minutes of matches alone this season. Yet again this evening, Spurs let an all-important goal slip in the dying embers of the game, leaving little time to mount a charge and respond.

Dier back in the XI – After six Premier League matches sat out on the bench, Eric Dier was back in the starting line-up today. He showed some nice moments when blocking attempts on goal, while has always been a strength. However, when it came to tracking runners like Cavani, Dier struggled somewhat.

Sonny back amongst the goals – One slim silver lining this evening was Heung Min Son breaking his goal drought. Getting him back in form ahead of the Carabao Cup Final is crucial for Tottenham. Sonny had scored one goal in his past 13 Premier League games before today.

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