#2 Spurs throw everything at United, but in vain
Aside from the scoreline, everything pointed towards a Spurs victory. They dominated the play, keeping 61% possession in the game. Tottenham completed more passes, and more passes in the final third. They created 16 chances to United's 9 but failed to take advantage of the opportunities.
An inspired performance by David De Gea was one of the major reasons why. United defended in numbers, and they made 15 blocks in the game. Especially in the second half, United were happy to defend their lead and packed their box to deny any kind of space.
Tottenham's expected goals for the game were 1.80, whereas United's tally was 0.96. This statistic tells the full story, unfortunately for Spurs. They could have shown some more incision in the final third, but truth be told, their efforts would have deserved three points in most games.Published 14 Jan 2019, 08:00 IST