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‘We lost energy and control’ – Christian Eriksen explains Man United’s second-half collapse against Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen believes his side lost energy and control in the second half against Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

The two teams shared the points after a thrilling 2-2 draw in their Premier League encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

He told BT Sport (via Manchester Evening News): “I think we missed the last percentage of really taking the game and finishing it off.

“I think we took a bit of the gas off and that was our problem. 

“I think it’s been that for a few games where we are sharp and coming ahead and [haven’t] kept it going. We lost a bit of energy, a bit of control and they got belief and it went the other way.

“That’s how it goes normally. When you are 2-0 down, anything can change quickly. We didn’t have the control to finish them off and don’t give them the chance to score the first goal – that gave belief.”

Christian Eriksen was substituted at the wrong time

Erik ten Hag has usually been spot-on with his substitutions. His decisions have been a catalyst to many United victories this campaign.

However, today’s substitutions led to United’s downfall. The Red Devils lost their balance in midfield once Fred replaced Eriksen on the hour mark.

The 31-year-old played two key passes and finished the game with 91% passing accuracy.  

Fred amassed just 71% passing accuracy and lost the ball more times (nine) in his cameo than Eriksen did in his 60-minute performance (eight).

The Dane has just returned from a three-month injury lay-off. Ten Hag chose against taking a risk and sent out Fred to bring more energy to the pitch.

Eriksen is a key part of this United team and must prove to the Dutchman that he can last more than 60 minutes in a crucial game.

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