By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint
On December 4, 2019, Manchester United beat Tottenham 2-1 to be sixth place in Premier League standings for the 2019-20 season. Marcus Rashford who plays as forward for Manchester United scored twice throughout the match. There has been no tension regarding their former manager, Jose Mourinho. Mourinho signed a three year contract with Manchester United that was annulled after two and a half years. Now he is the current coach for the rival Tottenham in which Manchester United competed against. Dele Alli, Tottenham’s midfielder scored his team’s only goal for the game.
For the first 45 minutes, Manchester United was shown to have scored the first goal of the game, exactly 24 minutes after the game enrolled. On the 38th minute mark, Dele Alli scored. Meanwhile Harry Winks, Tottenham’s winger got thrown off field by Daniel James, Manchester United’s winger straight into Mourinho’s leg. Daniel James was penalized with a yellow card. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Daniel James over what seemed to have been his second yellow card this week. Even though, some people have called it unfair considering he actually did get kicked in the previous match and still got a yellow card. His defenders are worried he is going to gain a reputation just for those incidents.
Furthermore, Manchester United scored their second goal on the 48 minute mark. It was a penalty shot that was kicked by Marcus Rashford. Let it be noted that Rashford scored three of his five penalties for Manchester United. Rashford beat Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga at his post six minutes after the ball broke off to England forward Davinson Sanchez. After a long wait for a VAR check, Rashford kept it together to coordinate a penalty four minutes after the break. Once it had been ruled, the striker had been fouled by Moussa Sissoko. According to bbc.com. Manager of Wales and Manchester United figure, Ryan Giggs voiced his concerns to Premier League referees to look out for Daniel James after the starlet was booked for diving on Monday, according to Bleacher Report. James made his first competitive start for United against Wolverhampton Wanderers, playing for 89 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Molineux. Jame’s night was tarnished by a yellow card provided by the referee Jon Moss for diving. Speaking about the incident, Giggs defended the 21-year-old and said it won’t take much for a player of his speed to be knocked off balance, per the Press Association
To conclude, the end of the game was a tug of war between Manchester United and Tottenham. Manchester remained victorious nonetheless by scoring 2-1. As far as it being Mourinho’s former team to manage, the win does not necessarily come as a surprise nor is there any remaining tension between him and his former team. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer congratulates Manchester for their extraordinary feat. “But the reaction after they scored was also good. It is always a concern because so many times this season we have been winning, gone into a draw and stayed in a draw, but they never gave in, trusted themselves and I think we deserved to win.” he stated. Manchester United now ranks in sixth in the Premier League standings, Tottenham follows suit by ranking in eight.