Tottenham will be disappointed to be leaving Old Trafford with only a point after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester United. Rasmus Hojlund opened the scoring in the third minute before Richarlison headed home a corner to equalise. Marcus Rashford slotted in the home side’s second of the evening five minutes before the break. But within a minute of the restart Rodrigo Bentancur levelled. Spurs dominated all of the second half but failed to find a winner. Express Sport takes a look at all the talking points…
Rashford finally direct
Rashford has finally shown what everybody knows he is capable off – but it only lasted for 45 minutes. He was much more direct in his play against Spurs and was Erik ten Hag’s main attacking force.
The left winger created the first goal by bursting in behind, checking inside past two defenders and forcing a tackle, where Hojlund smashed in the rebound. He constantly carried the ball forward and tried to take on Pedro Porro, albeit some of his end product was wasteful.
Rashford’s continued effort paid dividends again when he restored United’s advantage five minutes before the break, cooly opening up his body to slot the ball in the bottom corner after linking up with Hojlund. The England international had a quiet second period but continued to try and get in behind with his relentless running.
Werner was thrust straight into the starting XI on the left wing and the 27-year-old came close to knocking in an opening goal when he flicked a corner wide. Moments later the German dragged a left-footed effort across goal and past the post when left one-on-one with Diogo Dalot.
Werner set up Spurs’ second goal less than a minute into the second half by cutting in from the left and playing a neat pass to Bentancur, who blasted home from close range.
On the 58th minute, Werner pulled away from his man to fire a volley over the bar directly from a corner while facing away from goal. He was taken off in the 80th minute, with those half-chances no doubt playing on his mind.
Utd fans send message to Ratcliffe
Sir Jim Ratcliffe attended his first United match in person since his 29% stake in the club was announced. Ratcliffe expects the deal to be fully completed by mid-February so must hold off making any sporting decisions until then.
Britain’s richest man took his seat alongside Sir Alex Ferguson. And the home fans made their feelings clear by chanting “We want Glazers out” immediately after Hojlund’s third-minute goal hit the back of the net.