Premier League: Tottenham comeback to draw 2-2 with Man United in thriller Football News
Tottenham Hotspur came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Manchester United in a thrilling Premier League clash on Thursday as the visitors consolidated fourth place.
The point left United six points behind fifth-placed Spurs with two games in hand and ended London’s hopes of Champions League football next season.
Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford put United 2–0 up at half-time, but goals from Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min after the break saved a draw for struggling Tottenham.
United manager Erik ten Haag said, “Of course when you are 2-0 up you are a bit disappointed when you draw.” “We had chances to score after 2-1… and we didn’t and we conceded the goal. I think 2-2 is a good draw this week.”
Some fans protested outside the ground before Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chanted ‘we want Levy out’ following the team’s 6-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday.
The mood turned sour when Sancho opened the scoring after seven minutes when the forward cut in from the left and fired a low shot into the top corner past goalkeeper Fraser Foster.
Sancho almost doubled United’s lead after 19 minutes when Ivan Perisic cleared his deflected effort off the line.
Rashford made it 2-0 just before half-time when he ran onto a long ball from Bruno Fernandes, outpaced Eric Dier and fired past Forster after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was out of possession.
Tottenham fullback Pororo brought the hosts back into the game when he smartly slotted past keeper David de Gea in the 56th minute after Harry Kane’s effort was blocked.
Bruno Fernandes had a chance to put United 3–1 up on goal but fired his shot over the crossbar when it looked easy to score.
“Of course (he was disappointing), but don’t blame it on one player,” Ten Haag said. “We weren’t clinical enough and I think we should have scored more. The goals we conceded were too easy and we could have avoided them.”
A rejuvenated Spurs created several more chances before Dyer missed the clearest opportunity to equalise, going wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.
But the pressure eventually showed when Son headed home a cross from Kane in the 79th minute to rescue a point for Spurs and delight the home fans, who applauded his team’s response.
“[I’m]pleased with the response and the second half we were outstanding and the character we showed after last Sunday and going two goals down (tonight),” said Ryan Mason after his first game in his second spell in charge interim boss.
“I hope the fans can see that we were a team today and that we ran for each other. We could have scored a lot more goals in the second half.”