Manchester United let a two-goal slip away to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday as they drew 2-2 in the Premier League.
The Red Devils had led at the break thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford after they’d dominated the first 45 minutes, but a Tottenham fightback saw the hosts carry the greater threat after the break as they came from behind to grab a point.
It took just seven minutes for United to net the opening goal of the game with Sancho cutting into the box and placing the ball past Fraser Forster in the home goal. The Red Devils were by far the better side in the opening period and pushed to find a second with Rashford firing a free-kick wide, while Sancho saw a dangerous strike blocked by Cristian Romero before Ivan Perisic had to head the follow-up shot off the line.
Bruno Fernandes also tested Forster with a left-footed attempt from distance and Rashford twice forced the Spurs stopper into a save. Spurs did also carry a threat with Richarlison going close while David de Gea denied Perisic with two attempts.
Within seconds of the latter opening, Rashford made Tottenham pay. The attacker drove into the opposition area and unleashed a powerful strike from a narrow angle that flew into the back of the Tottenham net on the stroke of half-time.
Spurs were better after the break and on 56 minutes Pedro Porro pounced on some scrappy United defending when he finished excellently with the outside of his right foot. Within minutes United went close to restoring their two-goal lead as Fernades skipped by Clement Longlet and into the Tottenham box, but he hit the bar with his subsequent shot, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s header was saved by the recovering Forster.
But suddenly Spurs were in the ascendency and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had two efforts from cleared corners, neither of which went particularly close, although Heung-min Son should have hit the target with a side-foot volley, before Dejan Kulusevski dragged a shot wide with his right foot.
On 69 minutes Eric Dier somehow failed to hit the target with a header from around eight yards out and Kane then tested De Gea with a shot from distance. But Spurs’ improved showing was rewarded on 80 minutes when Kane picked out Son at the back post and the Tottenham no.7 tapped the ball into the back of the net.
Spurs’ dominance did drop a little as the game moved into the last 10 minutes, in what was a tense end to the match that provided few scoring opportunities. Rashford did try his luck from distance but it didn’t seriously test Forester, while in injury-time Casemiro headed over.
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