Manchester United lost their second game in a row as Tottenham Hotspur won 3-0 at Old Trafford for the first time since 2014. Here are five things we learned.
Lucas Moura is like a new signing
Spurs made history when they didn’t sign a single player in the summer transfer window. They did buy Lucas Moura in the January transfer window and while he initially took time to settle, he seems to have found his stride this season.
Moura has made a promising start to the campaign with three goals in three games. The Brazilian caused United’s defence problems all game and should have had a penalty following a clumsy challenge from Phil Jones to add to his brace. If he continues his early form, Moura will be a key player for Spurs in his first full season at the club.
Good things come to those who wait
London teams don’t tend to do well at Old Trafford. In fact, the last London side to beat Man United at home in the Premier League was Spurs on New Year’s Day in 2014 when they won 2-1 thanks to goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen.
Spurs scored two quickfire goals (133 seconds apart) to sink United, Moura added a third five minutes from time, and claim their first win at the Theatre of Dreams in four years.
No wonder Jose Mourinho wants new centre backs
Teams at the top are always looking to improve and Man United are no different. Mourinho signed Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof but it is clear that he does not have much faith in them. Lindelof still looks shaky and uncertain while Bailly has struggled with injuries and conceded a penalty against Brighton. Lindelof’s awful backpass gave Dele Alli the chance to make it 3-0 to Spurs but De Gea came to the rescue and spared his team-mate’s blushes.
For Spurs’ third goal, Chris Smalling was easily beaten by Moura. His desperate sliding lunge was not enough to stop Moura coolly slotting past De Gea. When these are the centre-backs Mourinho has to choose from, it’s no wonder he wanted some more in the summer. Seeing Toby Alderweireld have an excellent game would have been a particularly bitter pill for Mourinho to swallow.
Pep Guardiola bought Claudio Bravo and when he didn’t perform, he went out and replaced him with Ederson. Mourinho is in the same position with his centre-backs. Even the best manager make mistakes.
Confidence does Luke Shaw the world of good
It would be an understatement to say that Luke Shaw has had a difficult time at Man United. Injuries, bad games and criticism from his manager have all contributed to the talented youngster failing to fulfill his potential.
This season, however, Shaw has started very well. He scored the winner in Man United’s first game against Leicester and created several good chances from the left flank against Spurs. Shaw put in a great performance and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. After so many struggles, it’s great to see Shaw doing what he does best.
Romelu Lukaku’s missed chances prove costly
Romelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the Premier League but he is still far from the finished article. The Belgian striker had three chances in the first half and failed to convert any of them. Danny Rose played a weak backpass to Hugo Lloris and Lukaku pounced only to shoot wide of an empty net. A player of his quality should bury that.
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