Manchester United picked up their fifth Premier League win in a row at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur earlier today and it was a major blow to Spurs’ title aspirations.
Playing at home, Spurs were slight favourites going into the game but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team had a good game plan to stifle the Spurs attack and hit them on the break.
The first half was pretty even as both David De Gea and Hugo Lloris were called into action several times, but United were more defensive in the second half as they protected their lead after Marcus Rashford took his chance well to put them ahead just before half time.
Spurs created quite a few openings, but struggled to beat De Gea who had another inspiring outing, often making difficult saves with his feet to keep the Spurs attackers at bay.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to take a lot of the blame for losing their concentration just before half time as they were pierced by a brilliant Paul Pogba pass to Rashford.
The forwards were also not on their game as some of the efforts were barely shots on target.
The defeat leaves the north London outfit nine points behind league leaders Liverpool and it’s a gap that seems too much even though there are 16 games still to be played.
Spurs have become rather infamous for bottling it of late and against a team in form like Manchester United, it was always going to be hard after going behind.
Here are some of the best Tweets from the game as the defeat pleased Tottenham’s rivals.
The only trophy Tottenham can handle pic.twitter.com/kZNsRlZGtq
— melanin (@_madam_boss) January 13, 2019
— Ikhsan (@IkhsanJr_) January 13, 2019
Apparently crisis club Chelsea F.C are only a point behind title challenges Tottenham Hotspurs F.C.#doloveacrisis
— Melville1905 (@MELVILLE1905) January 13, 2019
Solskjaer’s arrival has clearly lifted the club and the Red Devils are now level on points with Arsenal who not so long ago were on a 22-game unbeaten streak in all competitions!
? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced as manager:
? After 5 matches in charge:
? “Ole’s at the wheel…” pic.twitter.com/Mlsto1zsTg
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 13, 2019
Arsenal went unbeaten 22 games this season, Manchester United having their worst Premier League season ever
Man Utd 41
— Man Utd FF (@ManUtdFF) January 13, 2019
The Manchester United Arsenal fans expected
— Travor???? (@the_travor_guy) January 13, 2019
So apparently Manchester United gave Arsenal a half season headstart only to later catch up with them again. ???#MUFC
— Rhay (@rhaydden) January 13, 2019
— THE WANGA™ (@WangaTheTruth) January 13, 2019
Were Spurs in the title race? Looks like the no longer are after the defeat. Nine points is no small gap is it?
9 points clear of Tottenham, there goes their title race
— Indigo ? (@IndigoLFC) January 13, 2019
The man who killed Tottenham’s title race. Do you believe it now Harry Kane? pic.twitter.com/LpsQ5OBINc
— Kaunda Ntunja (@kaundantunja) January 13, 2019
TOTTENHAM SAYING GOODBYE TO THE TITLE RACE. pic.twitter.com/cymFQ3bG7s
— Eslam (@wennaby_eih) January 13, 2019