Manchester United put on an impressive show for the new 25% shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who was in attendance for the very first time since taking over. United held out to a 2-2 draw against title challengers Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford to keep their top four hopes alive.
Manchester United was pegged back twice after taking the lead through Rasmus Hojlund in the 3rd minute and Marcus Rashford in the 40th minute by Richarlison’s goal in the 19th minute and Rodrigo Bentancur’s in the 46th minute.
Erik Ten Hag made one change to his team that ran out 2-0 winners over Wigan in the 3rd round of the FA Cup last week. Hojlund broke the deadlock in the 3rd minute, an identical start that they had four years ago when they were humbly beaten 6-1 in a similar fixture.
At 2-2, Scott McTominay could have had the last laugh in the dying minutes of the game,, but he steered his header over the bar, denying the onlooking Ratcliffe a winning feeling at Old Trafford.
Here are the player ratings from Sunday:
André Onana (4/10):
Brought in the team for his superb distribution of the ball but his poor distribution in Tottenham’s game cost United the first goal. His poor pass was intercepted and led to a corner after Wan Bissaka was trying to recover the ball. Onana failed to command his box and took charge of the swerving set pieces.
Diogo Dalot (6/10):
For the most part he was stern in reading the game well and winning most of the duels between himself and Timo Werner. He also made a goal saving clearance off the line in the first half.
Jonny Evans (5/10):
A hot and cold performance from the veteran. He offered more in offense but did little in his primary role in defense. His poorly taken position allowed Bentancur time and space to get by him.
Raphael Varane (4/10):
One cannot solely place all the blame at Varane’s feet but for a player who has won it all much more is expected. He must step up or may find himself on the bench as Martinez is fit and back in the selection pool.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (5/10):
Oddly playing on the left side, he matched up well on the left side as Manchester United are still without Shaw and Malacia. His deficiencies are still under the microscope as he offers very little on the attack.
Kobbie Mainoo (5/10):
The little dynamo was far from his best, merely because there was no help from his midfield pairing Christian Eriksen. Mainoo was left all alone to plug that gaping hole in the middle of the park which he was unable to do giving Tottenham a field day. He grew into the game but largely lacked his usual composure, hence he was not that effective.
Christian Eriksen (3/10):
Constantly caught in two minds when pressing Tottenham's rotating carousel of midfielders, utterly unsure of who to pick up and how far to follow them. His choice of passes was poor, and his marking and tracking was even worse.
Bruno Fernandes (5/10):
He had a foot in the first goal with an impeccable pass to Rashford but was unable to offer anything else over the 90 minutes. His poor technique saw his shot sizzle over the bar.
Alejandro Garnacho (5/10):
Another sub-par performance from the young Argentine who the fans know can do much better.
Rasmus Højlund (7/10):
It took Hojlund a few games to get his first goal in the league, but his first quickly became two after a clever link up play between him and Rashford which gave him a half a yard. The goal-thirsty Hojlund took his chance at his first sniff of goal brilliantly to go 1-0 up.
Marcus Rashford (8/10):
Rashford is slowly finding the form he had last season. Made some mesmerizing runs at the Spurs defense. A breath of fresh air for the home stretch of games as he is playing in his preferred position and is linking up well with his new strike partner Højlund. This can be a plus going forward for United.
Scott McTominay & Lisandro Martinez (5/10)
Erik ten Hag (4/10):
The Pragmatic Dutchman's obstinance is a building block for some of his poor performances. If not adjusted, he may regret some of his decisions he stuck with.