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Three positives for Manchester United despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham

Manchester United played out a pulsating 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils twice took the lead only to get pegged back each time, and a draw seemed like a fair result for both teams who committed several defensive mistakes. 

United supporters will be the more disappointed given they were playing at home and led the game twice.

However, despite failing to secure three points, Erik ten Hag’s side can take several positives from the league encounter. 

Hojlund scores again

Rasmus Hojlund has faced plenty of scrutiny after his struggles in front of goal in the Premier League.

However, the £72 million man has responded brilliantly to his critics as he broke his Premier League duck against Aston Villa on Boxing Day before netting his second on Sunday. 

Hojlund provided an early breakthrough by scoring within two minutes of the game. He lashed home a thunderous strike after a fortunate rebound fell nicely for him.

The goal will likely give a massive boost to his confidence. 

Rashford ends home drought 

Marcus Rashford hadn’t scored a goal at Old Trafford since May last year, but he brilliantly ended his home drought against Spurs.

The 26-year-old exchanged a quick one-two with Hojlund before slotting a calm finish beyond the goalkeeper. 

Rashford has also been the target of criticism after enduring a poor goalscoring form this campaign. He has netted just four goals in 20 league games.

Now the England ace has ended his home drought, he will hope to contribute more to the team’s success during the second half of the season.  

Martinez returns from injury 

Lisandro Martinez made his first appearance after remaining sidelined for over four months due to a foot injury.

The Argentine replaced Jonny Evans after the hour mark and provided an assured performance in front of the Old Trafford faithful. 

Martinez had 16 touches, won a ground duel and completed all his passes.

United, who have conceded 29 top-flight goals this season, will hope for improvement in defence with Martinez back.