After a dull nil all draw at White Hart Lane. We look at five talking points from the game.
1. Hugo Lloris is One of the Best
In terms of the goalkeeper debate in the premier league this season, the vast majority seem to only be mentioning De Gea or Courtois but at this point Lllois simply has to be entered into the equation. When it comes to the 18 yard box he is truly master of his domain and if it wasn’t for some incredible stops in the first half, there is no doubt that United would have won the afternoon fixture.
2. 3-5-2 is not the United Way
Van Gaal has tinkered with his formation and line up this season more than a clockmaker on crack. The 3-5-2 approach seemed to be put to bed a couple of months ago to the relief of many United fans. However, an injury to Angel Di Maria has seen the Iron Tulip resort to the more defensive approach and United’s performances have dipped in kind. United are historically a 4-4-2 side and the three centre back approach just does not seem to be the United way. There is every chance that the diamond system with 4 at the back will be reinstalled upon Di Maria’s return but that cannot come soon enough.
Just back from injury, Rafael seemed United’s weak link today upon his introduction at half time. United’s second half performance was undoubtedly worse than their first and Rafael seemed to be a strong factor in this. He was also booked which seems to be his party piece at this point. Is he really a Manchester United right back?
4. Pochettino is beginning to turn things around
There is a feeling of inevitability about the Manager’s position at White Hart Lane. The sack is coming for you. It will find you. And it will see you out the door. With Tottenham’s start to the season it seemed that it would come for the Argentine manager sooner rather than later. However, wins against Swansea, Burnley and Leicester followed by a solid result against an in form United means that Pochetinno may last a little longer than many suspected.
5. Third is as Good as United Can Hope For
There were murmurs a few weeks back that United would enter the title race. They won’t. But considering the absolutely woeful performance of last season, third is not at all a bad target and United fans should be pleased. They should be in the conversation next season.