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Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United: Three talking points as the Red Devils stumble against Spurs’ second-half fightback

Manchester United gave away a two-goal lead against Tottenham Hotspur to draw 2-2 in their Premier League game this evening.

Erik ten Hag made only one change to the side that defeated Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-final, with Jadon Sancho replacing Anthony Martial.

Sancho gave United the perfect start, scoring inside seven minutes. 

Just before half-time, Marcus Rashford netted United’s second goal with a thumping strike past Fraser Foster.

Tottenham came out all guns blazing after the break. 

Pedro Porro reduced the deficit with a wonderful strike before Heung-min Son levelled after tapping the ball into the net from close range.

Here are our three talking points from the game.

A game of two halves

The Red Devils put on a dominant performance in the first 45 minutes. They bossed the ball possession by more than 60% and pegged Spurs into their own half. 

Soon after Sancho scored the opening goal, he came close to doubling the lead but his shot was cleared off the line by Ivan Perisic.

The home side looked fragile at the back, with United finding it too easy to bypass Spurs’ midfield.

The second half saw Tottenham fight back and serve up a thriller to their fans. 

They created several chances and looked favourites to take all three points. They could have written a perfect comeback story if they had been more clinical in front of goal.

Opportunity wasted by Manchester United

Man United had a perfect opportunity to solidify their position in the top-four race.

However, they stumbled but are still six points ahead of Spurs with two games in hand.

Newcastle United won their game at Everton and are two points ahead of the Red Devils.

United became complacent with a two-goal lead in the bag and threw away their advantage.

After exiting the Europa League, finishing in the top four is a must for Man United.

Harry Kane passes United audition

The former Ajax manager had the best seat in the house to see what Harry Kane could bring to the Theatre of Dreams.

United are looking to sign a world-class striker, and Kane could move to Old Trafford this summer.

The 29-year-old played an inspiring role in the game. He was heavily involved in every meaningful attack carved out by his side. 

He dropped deep to collect the ball and allowed players around him to make darting runs.

It was his inch-perfect cross via which Son scored the equaliser.