In the opening 5-10 minutes of the game, both teams didn’t have any shots on goal until Son Heung-Min had a shot that De Gea saved. Each team tried to play the ball forward in search of a goal. The pace of the game was slower than the usual Premier League standards which is understandable because of the coronavirus break.
But United started to look more threatening than Spurs whenever they went forward. Bruno Fernandes had his shot saved with 25 minutes on the clock after an assist by Marcus Rashford.
However in the 27th minute, Spurs would get on the scoresheet when the homeside launched a counter-attack and Serge Aurier quickly passed the ball to Steven Bergwijn whose shot was poorly saved by De Gea. The Spanish stopper should’ve saved it because he got two hands to it, but his technique was improper. After that it was all Spurs that dominated proceedings with ball possession and their overall attacking play. It was half-time and Jose Mourinho’s men went into the break with the 1-0 lead.
In the second-half, United showed more urgency and played with more pace. Manchester United needed to make some changes and Solskjaer did that. In the 62nd minute, Pogba came on for Fred and Greenwood came on for James. In the 66th minute, Anthony Martial’s shot forced Hugo Lloris to push the ball over the bar. United couldn’t get the breakthrough and Solskjaer made more changes. Ighalo came on for Martial and Matic came on for Lindelof in the 78th minute.
Then United was able to win a penalty through Paul Pogba after Eric Dier fouled him in the box. Bruno Fernandes would step up to convert it to make it 1-1. The goal came in the 81st minute and now the Reds had an opportunity to win the game.
Eric Bailly would replace Scott McTominay in the 89th minute. Both teams were attacking and tried to win the game as it hung in the balance. Greenwood and Fernandes both had chances in injury time to score, but they couldn’t get the winner and so the game ended 1-1.
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