Tottenham Hotspur saw their outside chance at the title all but vanish this evening, as they dropped nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
Spurs fell to their sixth defeat of the season so far, losing 1-0 to fellow ‘big six’ club Man United.
Here are five things we learned from the match:
Not clinical enough
Spurs created chance after chance today, and good ones at that. Eriksen, Dele, Kane, Toby, and Llorente all went close, but couldn’t find a way past the in form David De Gea. Tottenham really did have the opportunities to put that game to bed today, but yet again in a big game, the chances went begging.
Injuries mounting up
Moussa Sissoko was forced to retire before the first half was out as the midfield man looked to tweak his groin off the ball. He is now added to the likes of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, and Luke Amos in the centre-mid injury room. Spurs now have Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp as the only fit first team players in that position. Could this force a transfer this month?
Trippier was poor
Ignoring everything else that happened in the game, the difference between the two sides today was one clear mistake. Kieran Trippier played a loose ball on half way, gifting Pogba the chance to play Rashford through, and the young striker made no mistake. Trippier had already been guilty of a few sloppy passes early on in the game, and ultimately, it cost his side today.
Kane’s injury could be big
It was like rubbing salt into the wounds of Tottenham today as they saw Harry Kane limp off at full time. The striker appeared to be carrying a painful ankle injury, and could face some time on the side lines. This comes at a time when Heung-Min Son is away on international duty, and Lucas Moura is also out injured. Spurs may be forced to look for a fresh face in the transfer window to plug a much-needed gap.
Winks was class
One of the shining lights on a frustrating day, Harry Winks was class on the ball this evening. The young man looked confident to receive it at all times, and constantly looked to drive forward or pass positively, rather than going side to side. He also did his job defensively in his usual bulldog style. Winks looks to be coming on more and more with each passing game these days.
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