Manchester United denied former coach Jose Mourinho by drawing 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur when he returned to the Premier League on Friday night.
Steven Bergwijn gave the Spurs an advantage in the first half by overtaking David De Gea for his third Premier League goal since signing PSV Eindhoven. Bruno Fernandes, who was excellent throughout the match, managed to tie the penalty at the end of the match, after a push on substitute Paul Pogba. It looked like he would have another chance to score, as the Red Devils received another kick in sight even later, but the VAR intervened to overturn the decision and ensure that both sides participated in the spoils.
Lloris produces stops in the first half
The first opportunity of the game took a while to arrive, but once Hugo Lloris reacted well to deny the visitors. Fernandes' ball was badly received by Davinson Sanchez and fell to Marcus Rashford, who justifiably dominated the headlines before the match. He pointed to the bottom corner, but the Spurs stopper did well to deflect the ball with his feet.
The Frenchman also remained firm, as Fernandes also tried his luck, but it was a comfortable collection in the end.
Bergwijn fires Spurs ahead
These defenses were really useful when Mourinho's men advanced. Catching the ball in the middle of United's court, Bergwijn entered the area and kicked, with a touch by David De Gea, insufficient to prevent the ball from reaching the back of the net.
The hosts almost managed a second, just as Heung-Min Son found space on the post, but his header was blown off the post by United's goalkeeper.
Defensive back of Spurs
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils were slightly improved after the break, with Fernandes still looking the most likely to produce some inspiration. The Portuguese came close to equalizing, with his low effort for the first time scraping the base of the Spurs' pole.
The former Sporting player's pass to Anthony Martial was also almost decisive, but the Frenchman's effort was blocked by Eric Dier, while the Spurs maintained their small advantage.
Lloris then had to intervene when the ball fell to his compatriot in the area and he pointed to the top corner. The Spurs cork somehow bounced across its line, but it angled the kick over the post.
Bruno hits the tie
With the Red Devils getting closer and closer to a draw, Solskjaer was able to introduce the returning Pogba and he proved crucial in the draw. Facing Dier, the Frenchman played with the signature and was apparently pushed, suffering a penalty, albeit a mild one, conceded. Having served as a United star throughout the game, Fernandes stepped forward and hit the ball in the bottom corner.
The visitors thought they had suffered an even higher penalty, as Fernandes was the man to fall to the ground under Dier's challenge. It was initially given by the referee, but the VAR intervened and instead corrected the decision, much to the relief of Spurs and Mourinho.
Mason Greenwood had the opportunity to win the game in the final seconds, when he caught the ball, put his right foot, but only managed to drag the kick inches wide, as both sides claimed a deserved point.
On reflection, a draw was probably a fair result. Allowing their poor performance before the break, United improved a lot after the break, with the penalty from Spurs & # 39; Fernandes & # 39; delayed in breaking the Spurs' tenacious defense. There were opportunities in the end, but this was due more to the aptitude of the players, as opposed to the quality of United and Spurs. They now remain two and six points away from the top six respectively.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (7); Davies (7), Dier (6), Sanchez (6), Aurier (7); Winks (6), Sissoko (7); Bergwijn (7) (Lo Celso (5), 70 ′), Lamela (6) (G. Fernandes (5), 70 ′), Son (6); Kane (6).
Manchester United: De Gea (5); Shaw (6), Maguire (5), Lindelöf (6) (Matic (N / A), 78 & # 39;), Wan-Bissaka (6); Fred (6) (Pogba (7), 63 & # 39;), McTominay (7) (Bailly (N / A), 89 & # 39;), B. Fernandes (8); Rashford (6), James (6) (Greenwood (63 & # 39;), Martial (6) (Ighalo (N / A), 78 & # 39;).
Goals: Bergwijn (27 ′), B. Fernandes PEN (81 ′)
Judge: Jonathan Moss
Yellow cards: Tiago (41 ′)
Red cards: N / D