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Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United: Spurs come from 2-0 down to draw


Jadon Sancho in action for Manchester United against Tottenham in the Premier League
Manchester United had taken the lead through Jadon Sancho

Son Heung-min scored a 79th-minute equaliser to complete a fine Tottenham comeback against Manchester United in Ryan Mason’s first game back as interim boss.

United looked to be coasting to a fourth straight Premier League win after goals by Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford put them in a commanding position at half-time.

Pedro Porro launched the fightback before Bruno Fernandes hit the bar for United when he should have scored.

Son equalised from close range after good work by Harry Kane to leave home fans, who had earlier called for chairman Daniel Levy to go, celebrating.

Spirited Spurs show fight

Mason was back in charge two years after his first spell as interim head coach and four days after the horrific 6-1 thrashing by Newcastle that brought Cristian Stellini’s own stint as interim boss to an abrupt end.

Spurs were supposedly low on confidence but their spirited second-half response will give Mason and his players confidence they can yet finish the season on a positive note before the next permanent manager is appointed.

United took control after Sancho fired them into a seventh-minute lead before Porro was denied an equaliser when Luke Shaw intercepted Richarlison’s pass.

When Spurs did get a clear sight of goal they found David de Gea in fine form as the United goalkeeper produced two excellent saves to keep out Ivan Perisic.

Levy looked on stern faced from the directors’ box after Rashford’s goal but Porro’s finish with the outside of his right foot – after Kane had a shot blocked – gave home fans hope.

The hosts threatened an equaliser and came close when Eric Dier headed a golden chance wide, but they were not to be denied and Son’s equaliser was no more than they deserved for a much-improved performance in the second period.

United let commanding position slip

United remain well placed to finish in the top four but the sloppy manner in which they conceded a 2-0 lead showed there are problems that need manager Erik ten Hag’s attention this summer.

They have a six-point cushion and two games in hand on fifth-placed Spurs but Ten Hag will have expected his players to close the game out against a team coming off the back of a drubbing.

Despite last Sunday’s energy-sapping FA Cup semi-final victory over Brighton, which went to extra time and penalties, the United boss made just one change – Sancho coming in for Anthony Martial.

Sancho marked his return with a lovely finish and it looked like it was United’s night when Rashford scored his 16th Premier League goal of the season.

Yet having won their previous three league games without conceding, they were unable to secure all three points.

Player of the match

EriksenChristian Eriksen

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 20Forster
  • 17Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 34Lenglet
  • 23PorroSubstituted forDanjumaat 77′minutes
  • 4Skipp
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 41mins
  • 14PerisicSubstituted forDaviesat 77′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forTangangaat 87′minutes
  • 9RicharlisonSubstituted forKulusevskiat 61′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 16Danjuma
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 29Sarr
  • 33Davies
  • 40Austin
  • 55Mundle

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMalaciaat 71′minutes
  • 2LindelöfBooked at 59mins
  • 23Shaw
  • 20Dalot
  • 18Casemiro
  • 14EriksenSubstituted forFredat 61′minutes
  • 21AntonySubstituted forWeghorstat 71′minutes
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 25SanchoSubstituted forMartialat 61′minutes
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 9Martial
  • 12Malacia
  • 15Sabitzer
  • 17Fred
  • 27Weghorst
  • 28Pellistri
  • 31Butland
  • 33Williams
  • 36Elanga

Referee:
Anthony Taylor

Attendance:
61,586

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