This was United’s first competitive match for 99 days, the match being played behind closed doors. The players and officials applauded before kick-off to pay respect to victims of coronavirus. The players also took a knee after the first whistle to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Spurs struck first, David de Gea being given the blame for his ‘error’ in Bergwijn’s first-half strike; however can one really blame the keeper for a shot at point blank range? United had their chances in the first half but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side improved hugely after the break with the introduction of Paul Pogba. The latter was then the catalyst for the team performance. Statistics show that he recorded a 94 per cent pass accuracy rate, made four successful ball recoveries in midfield, won all of his tackles and of course induced the foul from Eric Dier than earned United the penalty. Fernandez equalized from the penalty spot.
United had been favoured by VAR in recent games but on this occasion, following the award of a second spot-kick in the 90th minute by referee Jon Moss, VAR determined that the collision between Dier and Fernandes was deemed to not be a foul and United lost the opportunity to take all three points.
So United are now 12 games unbeaten in all competition. Regrettably, however, as we have had cause to remark over the season, United have missed another opportunity to move up to 4th place.
My man of the match would be Bruno Fernandes. Once again he impressed and rescued a point for United. Speaking to The Guardian’, Bruno opined that, ‘We did very well. It was a difficult game. ……..We scored and had chances to score more. We want to win every game and we are not happy but it’s a good result.’
The draw leaves the Reds two points ahead of Sheffield United in fifth and two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
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