The weekend clash between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs ended in a draw with Manchester United having to come from behind on both the occasions when the Londoners found the back of the net. It took two strikes from Wayne Rooney to cancel out Kyle Walker free kick and Sandro’s wonder strike and both the teams battled it out to come out as a winner. Though White Hart Lane has been a favourite hunting ground for the red devils, they were not able to score the winner and both the teams deservedly shared the points.
Here are the three things that we learnt from the clash against Tottenham
1. Carrick is Irreplaceable
The 32 year old English midfielder’s absence was felt and United badly missed his interceptions and his ball distribution skills from the centre of the park. Tom Cleverly and Phil Jones started the match in the mid field and did a decent job but the forward line led by Wayne Rooney missed his forward passing and through balls. The midfield pass master is still few weeks away from returning to competitive action but many fans would be hoping to see him back in action very soon.
2. Kagawa needs to show consistency
Shinji Kagawa starred in his preferred number 10 role against Bayer Leverkusen in the champions League. The Japanese star was again handed a start against Tottenham this weekend but failed to replicate his performance against the Premier League team. His one touch passing may have come good against Champions league teams in Europe but he seems to struggle in the premier league where the opposition defenders have a more physical approach. With zero goals and zero assists to his name this season so far, he needs to contribute and perform more to make a claim for a starting berth in the Premier League.
3. Wayne Rooney is United’s top striker now
Wayne Rooney is back to what he does best- score and create goals. The England striker racked up four assists in the Champions League game against Leverkusen and got his name in the scoresheet against Tottenham. Robin Van Persie might have taken the spot light for his performances in the last season, but Wayne Rooney has proved this season that he is equally important to the team as the former Arsenal man is. With Robin Van Persie sidelined due to injury and Wayne Rooney continuing his goal scoring form, Manchester United fans can expect more from the striker who is now the fourth highest goal scorer in the Premier League.