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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Spurs defeats Manchester United 2-0 at home through a dominating second-half display

Tottenham defeated Manchester United 2-0 in their own backyard and mark the first competitive win of the Ange Postecoglou era.

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Suvam Roy Chowdhury
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In the Tottenham vs Manchester United game, Tottenham's new manager Ange Postecoglou recorded his first comepetetive win for Tottenham during their 2-0 victory Manchester United, thanks to Pape Matar Sarr's debut Premier league goal and a late own goal by Lisandro Martinez.

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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Match Review

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Tottenham Manager Ange Postecoglou applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

The Ange Postecoglou era is finally up and running with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United last night. This match was the most anticipated game of the weekend, so it generally possessed a lot of importance and the Tottenham players lived up to it, showing real character and determination.

Spurs looked confident playing under the Australian's tactics which have not been the case in the past under few other managers. Across the ninety minutes, United never really got into their groove just like they didn't in the Wolves game which invited comments like "Manchester United are the new Spurs" by Roy Keane.

First Half

Manchester United started the match with great intensity. In the first 15 minutes they were on top of the Tottenham team creating good opportunities for the forwards, the best one being Rashford's, who couldn't guide the ball into the net from a tight angle and forced a save from Guglielmo Vicario.

Marcus Rashford was once again presented with a golden opportunity to break the deadlock away in the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the 23rd minute but headed the ball well over the goal. Although the goal wouldn't have stand, cause he was Offside when Bruno Fernandez played the ball to him.

Minutes later Spurs too got the chance to counter Manchester United, but Dejan Kulusevski's shot was not strong enough to beat Andre Onana and it was hit straight at him.

On the other half of the pitch, a Cristian Romero hand ball inside the penalty box was checked by the VAR and Manchester United were denied a penalty, which was again thought to be an incompetent decision by the VAR. United have been around the VAR controversy last weekend too but this time they were on the receiving end.

The best chance for Manchester United in the first half came, when Bruno Fernandes headed a beautiful floated ball by Luke Shaw off the target. It was a great opportunity for United to score but unfortunately, it didn't happen.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Pedro Porro during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday August 19, 2023. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

In the 40th minute, Spurs' best action of the match arrived, when Pedro Porro rattled the woodwork from outside of the box through a beautiful layoff by Udogie. In the same sequence of play, Spurs hit the woodwork again, this time the ball deflected by Lisandro Martinez's feet and onto the near post of Onana.

Second Half

The second half started with Spurs' delight a Sarr pounced on Kulusevski's deflected ball across the face of goal for the Senegalese midfielder to slam home at the near post for what was his first league goal for Spurs in just his third start for the club.

United responded instantly, a minute later when Antony found enough space to send a effort goal-bound, which beat Vicario, but rattled the far post and bounced clear, but Spurs nearly responded once more at the other end immediately when Maddison found Udogie at the near post but the young Italian fullback saw his low effort kick-saved by Onana.

Vicario came up big for Spurs in the 55th minute with a top-class save against Casemiro after the Brazilian sent a goal-bound header after meeting following a corner, but the newly-arrived Italian shot-stopper pulled off one of the saves of the weekend to keep Tottenham in front during a match that was becoming far more open in the second half.

With just seven minutes remaining, Spurs would double their lead through Davies after his tame shot at the near post glanced off his left foot before the effort deflected off Lisandro Martínez, rooting Onana to the turf, before ultimately going down as an own-goal.

Come full-time the inquest would no doubt continue on the United front as the Red Devils failed to begin the season in a fashion befitting pre-season predictions that saw some pundits label them potential title challengers, while the promise of hope shown by the Tottenham fanbase regarding moving forward under Postecoglou at Spurs seems to have been justified.

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