Matchweek 22 has now come and gone, and coming out of the game, I do think we played well, but this doesn’t mean I’m happy with the result. We were beaten by a beatable United side that, in all honesty, have their goalkeeper to thank for the 3 points.
We started the game off very averagely, but grew into it as the minutes passed. I would’ve taken a 0-0 after the first 45 but we allowed one slip up in midfield to cost us the lead, and eventually the game. After losing the ball carelessly in the middle of the park, Pogba played a delightful through ball to Rashford, who slotted the ball away in the bottom corner. Trippier completely at fault here, someone who I thought had a particularly poor game. Cannot discredit Lloris, I thought it was a great finish by the young Englishman.
Going into the half time break one down, I’m not going to lie, I did not think we would come back into the game very much, with United defending well and our players all tired from our heavy fixture list in the previous weeks. However, we definitely did, and how we did not score, let alone win the game is beyond me. Well, it’s not, its due to, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, David De Gea.
The Spaniard had a phenomenal game, making several good saves to keep United’s clean sheet, and the three points in their camp. I feel as though we made some very good chances, by playing some very fine football. However it just was not our day. Despite our best efforts, we did not manage to put the ball in the back of the net. Although I do think this was also down to our poor finishing on the day, quite unusual for us given our firepower up front.
In terms of an overview, the gap to Chelsea in 4th has been closed to just a point, and City and Liverpool will likely now run away with the top two positions, with one eventually taking the title. Nevertheless, it was the injuries that we finished with that worries me. With Sissoko, one of our better players thus far, subbed off early with a hamstring problem. And sadly at the end our number 10, Harry Kane, limping off after the game ended. This is a huge problem, not only given or number of important games upcoming, including the second leg to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, but our FA Cup 4th Round Tie to Crystal Palace, but our loss of Son as well over the next month to the Asian Games. Leaving us with basically no striker, as Llorente just isn’t good enough for premier league football I’m afraid. So, the only thing we need, is luck, in the fact that Kane is not injured badly. Otherwise I am seriously worried this may be where our season collapses.
Moving on, we have Fulham away in our next game, after a well needed weeks rest. I think no matter who we have up front, we should still be winning this game. But who knows, only time will tell what awaits this Spurs side in the rest of the season.
As always thanks for reading.