Tottenham Triumph: Ange era has lift-off as silky Spurs down United
In an impressive start to the Ange Postecoglou era at Tottenham Hotspur, the Australian manager finally orchestrated a triumphant win against Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This victory comes after four unsuccessful prior attempts to best the Red Devils.
Despite the 1-0 victory over Wolves on the opening weekend, Manchester United displayed a subpar performance, a fact acknowledged by their manager Erik ten Hag. Bolstered by his critical words, the Red Devils launched a strong start and had a golden opportunity to take the lead. A clever rabona by Bruno Fernandes set up an unmarked Marcus Rashford in the box, but his header sailed over the bar, a missed opportunity that should have been converted.
Rashford’s misfire was eclipsed by Fernandes’ 10-minute-before-half-time blunder. In a nearly identical scenario, Luke Shaw delivered a pinpoint cross to United’s Portuguese dynamo, who, despite ample space in the Spurs box, directed his header off-target. Just before halftime, the visitors came dangerously close to paying for their missed chances. Pedro Porro found himself with a clear shot at the edge of the box, only to be thwarted by the crossbar, much to the relief of the traveling United supporters.
United’s luck, however, ran out in the second half as Tottenham seized the opportunity. A rapid start by the hosts saw Pape Matar Sarr slam home a Dejan Kulusevski cross at the far post, securing his first goal for Tottenham and giving them the lead. The hosts almost surrendered their advantage soon after, but Antony’s attempt bounced off the post, saving Postecoglou’s side from conceding.
As the match progressed, it became evident that Manchester United was grappling with the same issues they faced against Wolves, particularly in terms of creating chances. Following their concession of two goals to Brentford the previous weekend, Tottenham capitalized on the chance to double their advantage in the final 10 minutes. Ben Davies finished off a fluid play, solidifying their victory and marking their first Premier League head-to-head triumph since their 6-1 victory at Old Trafford in 2020.