Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur was touted as the highlight Premier League tie of Matchday 3 and the Monday night fixture at Old Trafford didn’t disappoint, especially if you were a Lilywhites supporter.
Harry Kane opened the scoring in the second-half and before you knew it, Lucas Moura had scored a brace to send the travelling supporters into raptures.
Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils looked all over the place as they slumped to their second loss on the trot and here are The Statesman’s player ratings from an historic tie in Manchester:
David de Gea
Hardly at fault for any of the goals, but the World Cup hangover is definitely there.
Shockingly poor with his distribution on the night.
Marginally better than his central defensive partner, but that’s not saying much, is it?
Injured on his first start of the season.
The above sentence is emblematic of his time with the Red Devils.
Clearly not fit, struggled to create any impact on the flank.
Arguably United’s best player on the pitch.
Strange that his rise coincides with his side’s apparent demise.
Showed plenty of heart to play an unfamiliar role.
Another player nowhere near full fitness and it showed.
Was among the better players in the first-half, but his performance nosedived post the interval.
Shunted out wide, couldn’t do much of note.
On another day, could have had a brace.
Fine margins, but in the end all his graft was for nought.
Horrible miss after rounding the keeper at 0-0.
A leading man can’t miss those chances if a side is to qualify for Europe, let alone challenge for the title.
Huffed and puffed, as is his wont, but couldn’t quite make the impact.
Almost gifted Dele Alli a goal.
Doesn’t look like he’s recovered from the Brighton horror show.
A bridge too far for the one-man wrecking ball.
Truth be told, United didn’t test Lloris too often.
That save off Lukaku at 1-0 was superb though.
Struggled to keep tabs on Pogba and was rightly booked before he got injured.
Calm display from the Belgian, even if Lukaku did cause him some problems.
Like his compatriot, largely unruffled.
Decent outing, but wasn’t able to bomb forward as much as he would have liked.
Managed to get an assist for Kane’s opener with a superb corner.
Held his own in midfield and did well to shield his defence.
Unspectacular, but solid showing in the engine room.
Bright all night and thoroughly deserved his two goals.
Second strike was sensational and Spurs fans will be delighted to see the Brazilian realising his immense potential.
Set up Moura for the second and on the whole, was a bright spark for the Lilywhites.
United didn’t let the mercurial midfielder to settle and their gameplan to isolate him did work to an extent.
A goal and an assist, when he’s not even fully fit.
Imagine what he’ll be up top after the international break.
Replaced Trippier with less than 15 minutes left.
Came on for the injured Rose in the final 10 minutes.
Brought on to wind the clock down right at the death.