Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings: Alderweireld impresses

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Tottenham Hotspur stunned Manchester United with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford thanks to Harry Kane’s header and a brace from Lucas Moura. Here’s our Player Ratings from the game.

Manchester United

David De Gea – the Spanish stopper had endured a challenging World Cup, which appears to have affected his confidence. While he did well to bail out Lindelöf with the margin at two goals – and wasn’t especially at fault for any of the goals – he doesn’t look like somebody that will save United points during the tricky spells and given how much they relied on him last season, that is hugely concerning. 5

Ander Herrera – the former Atletic Bilbao man adapted to this unique, right-sided centre-back role, reasonably well in the first half; he not only produced a super block to deny Alli in the first half, he was also the only United defender who looked comfortable playing out from the back. However, he was guilty of lacking bravery at times and was punished for that in Spurs’ the second goal, which came shortly before Herrera was taken off. 4
Chris Smalling – the ex-Fulham centre-back didn’t look at home in possession and, whenever De Gea had the ball, it was noticeable that Smalling would posture himself in a way that suggested he didn’t want it. He did at least produce a block on Alli in the first half though. 4
Phil Jones – should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Moura in the first half, then let go of Kane for the goal. The centre-back looked distraught when he came off and it’s hard to avoid the feeling that he needs to play for a club outside the top six, rather than give himself the pressure of reaching a standard he is simply not capable of reaching. 3

Antonio Valencia – the Ecuadorian keeps being picked as a performer than Mourinho can identify with and tonight, Valencia looked excellent early on. However, he clearly doesn’t have the pace he did two seasons ago and there were times at which avenues opened up for him to push forward and he didn’t quite grasp those opportunities. 5
Paul Pogba – the Frenchman is always likely to take risks in possession but that only works if teammates are on his wavelength, which wasn’t always the case. Started well, faded for a spell, then in the latter stages made wild and unrealistic attempts to conjure something out of nothing. 5
Nemanja Matic – there were pre-match rumours that the Serb would start in a back-three but here, he sat in front of the defence. Didn’t appear too happy to accept the ball in awkward areas. 4
Luke Shaw – the Southampton academy graduate offers plenty of pace and width down the left hand side; he appears to have had a positive individual start to the campaign despite the team’s bad results. Mourinho clearly recognizes the effort he is putting in. 7

Fred – we saw some of the pace and dynamism we were hoping for from the Brazilian, who was the most advanced midfielder and at times formed a front three alongside Lingard and Lukaku with his runs through the right channel. Always tried to beat his man and make things happen and that is to be commended, even if his ideas didn’t always come off. 7

Jesse Lingard – the versatile forward made a lot of selfless runs; the theory being that he would drag defenders out of position to clear Lukaku’s route to goal. The problem though was that while he roamed, he was also at times asked to take on a role not dissimilar to that of a target man, despite not having any obvious physical qualities. 6
Romelu Lukaku – the Belgian is not especially intelligent in possession, so a good performance constitutes clinical finishing; here, he rounded the goalkeeper to slot wide, then lacked the precision and power to test Lloris with a snapshot. Those two golden first half chances would have made a massive difference to the contest had he scored; Lukaku should take as much responsibility for this defeat as Mourinho. 4

Alexis Sanchez (on 55) – tried to turn the game single-handedly; showed flashes of quality without working in tandem with his teammates. 6
Victor Lindelöf (on 58) – looked more comfortable on the ball than Jones, but equally error-prone; lucky not to be punished by conceding a goal after a tame pass-back to De Gea was intercepted by Kane. 4
Marouane Fellaini (on 61) – the man brought on to be an auxiliary target man was often found chasing balls in wide areas, such was the chaotic nature of the last half hour of United’s performance. 4

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris – the goalkeeper went into this game under the microscope somewhat after his off-field issues this week; looked comfortable with his feet and made one or two good saves. Wasn’t tested to the extent he might have expected considering the positions the opposition found themselves in. 7

Kieran Trippier – the right-back, who enjoyed an excellent World Cup, has carried that form into this season. Trippier looked quiet in the first half but came to the fore early in the second, when he delivered a deep-flighted right-wing corner perfectly for Kane’s opener, before playing a clever ball down the channel in the lead-up to the second goal. 8
Toby Alderweireld – Mauricio Pochettino appears to have resolved any dispute he might have had with the Belgian; perhaps recognizing he is his best centre-back. That call has been proved right as Alderweireld was one of the best players on the pitch; shifted to the left side of the centre-back duo midway through the first half to help shore things up down that side, then head away high balls at will after the break. Monday night provided a much-needed reminder as to why Alderweireld is among the Premier League’s finest centre-backs. 9
Jan Vertonghen – despite scoring at Newcastle, Vertonghen hasn’t always looked especially in control defensively so far this season; he was often forced out into Spurs’ left channel early on, but looked more comfortable after switching positions with Alderweireld and defended superbly in the second half. 8
Danny Rose – his World Cup was hindered partially by fitness issues and, in the first half here, they appear to have impacted Rose’s confidence; he was guilty of getting caught out of position early on and played the tame back-pass that led to Lukaku’s biggest chance. Improved in the second period, though. 6

Eric Dier – the holding midfielder appears to lack mobility which does not necessarily help Spurs when they want to squeeze up the pitch, but Dier looked solid and disciplined in the second half. 6
Mousa Dembele – his excellent form between 2015 and 2016 saw him control games with a real presence and aura; perhaps a combination of age and injuries mean he is no longer able to do quite the same job. A steady performance here but not a commanding one. 7

Lucas Moura – the right winger is incredibly unpredictable. He was by far Tottenham’s brightest spark in the first half with his high-energy pressing and quick runs in from the right channel, one of which should have resulted in a penalty. After Spurs went ahead, the Brazilian caused problems on the counter-attack, bagging a well-taken second half brace. In an attack that otherwise lacks pace, Moura could be that missing ingredient. 9
Christian Eriksen – the Dane is capable of being a prominent influence on proceedings due to his creativity and intelligence, but even when he isn’t, he is still capable of producing those pin-point balls into the box. This performance came into the latter category; Eriksen was largely on the periphery of the game, yet he showed great awareness to pick out Moura for the second goal on the break. 6
Dele Alli – the 22-year-old spent a lot of time early on man marking Pogba and plugging gaps down Spurs’ left side, but after the first half’s midway point, he began to express himself in a more creative sense. Picked up gaps in behind United’s midfield and perhaps could have made better decisions on one or two occasions. Wasn’t necessarily a key figure behind Spurs’ three goals in the second half, when he reverted to a more circumspect duty. 7

Harry Kane – the forward looked frustrated in the first half, once or twice dropping into the centre-circle to get involved due to not receiving the quality and volume of service he usually likes. He did, however, score an excellent header on 50 minutes and, much like Eriksen, showed once again he can make a difference to games he isn’t heavily involved in. 6

Serge Aurier (on 76) – has a challenge on his hands to displace the in-form Trippier. 5
Ben Davies (on 82) – helped shore things up in the closing stages. 6
Harry Winks (on 89) – it is good from a neutral perspective to see Winks back on a pitch, having spent so long on the sidelines through injury. 5