Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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The famous Manchester United will visit Wembley once more in a couple of weeks after a splendid showing on the same ground against Tottenham.

An early goal from Dele Alli initially looked to take the match to Spurs, but a bullet-like header from Sanchez and an utter beauty from Herrera ensured that it will be the Red Devils that will face either Southampton or Chelsea in the finals.

Here’s how the lads fared during the electric encounter that came to life in the second half:

Manchester United

David De Gea – 5.9

Arguably the best keeper in the world, the Spaniard was powerless to do anything about Alli’s goal which was a result of a long drawn defensive blunder on part of United. Apart from that, he didn’t have much to do.

Antonio Valencia – 6.6

Injured and was subbed off in the second half, prior to which he maintained a fairly good flank showing and mustered a pass success percentage of 88.

Phil Jones – 6.8

A fairly good showing from the Englishman, who seemed a bit clumsy in the first-half. However, for the rest of the game, particularly in the dying moments, he showed an important presence in the heart of the defense.

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Chris Smalling – 6.9

Alongside Jones, even though a patchwork job of defending was on the show, their work was good enough to ensure that Tottenham could not equalize late in the second half.

Ashley Young – 6.7

All sorts of errors from the veteran, particularly a foiled run which directly led to the counter-attack that resulted in Tottenham’s opener. But managed to make up for it with a phenomenally well-manned flank later on.

Ander Herrera – 8.3

The midfield maestro who deserves to be the man of the match. Apart from the sheer timing of his winner, the player’s impact was more well-held in his duties elsewhere. Be it saving a goal on the other side or doing the dirty work in the midfield, his signature was potent throughout. Will Mourinho perhaps consider keeping him beyond this season?

Nemanja Matic – 6.5

Wasn’t able to maintain the kind of running and conduit ability that he is usually quite adept at. A couple of mistakes could have proven very costly for the Red Devils if not for Tottenham’s inability to capitalize on them. Could have been much better.

Paul Pogba – 7.8

Redemption in all ways for the Frenchman. After being unable to do a good piece of running against Eriksen in the build-up to their opener, Pogba was able to compensate quite well by providing the assist to Sanchez’s equalizer. More of the same, please.

Jesse Lingard – 6.6

Was unsure of his attacking ploys and looked lacking in confidence. While it was eventually fortunate that he let the ball roll to Herrera to create their winner, introspection might await the youngster when he recovers from his hopefully short-lived injury.

Romelu Lukaku – 7.4

Good stuff from the Belgian striker, who actually looked like a threat during the encounter. With 3 shots and an assist to his name, his only regret will be not being able to find the back of the net.

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Alexis Sanchez – 7.8

Finally looked to be the kind of playmaker that United signed. His opener was a delight to the viewers, and for the rest of the match, he was arguably United’s finest conduit in ensuring the ball quickly went into the opposing half.

Substitutions

Marcus Rashford – 6.0

Could have almost scored, but wasted the opportunity in the face of a good defensive showing from Dier.

Matteo Darmian – 6.2

Spending just above 15 minutes on the pitch, his adjusting was risky considering Spurs were desperately on the attack during the dying moments.

Marouane Fellaini – NA

Time wasting tactic, and had no impact.


Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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Michel Vorm – 4.4

Given the start ahead of Lloris, he was disappointing and toothless in the face of United’s two goals.

Kieran Trippier – 6.2

Crucial in the first half, unsure in the second. It was a night of mixed opportunities for the full-back.

Davinson Sanchez – 6.2

Was below par in his showing and ought to have maintained a deeper line when the rest of his team was forward.

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Jan Vertonghen – 7.8

Easily the finest defender on the pitch, and was very effective in neutralizing the attacking runs Tottenham were suddenly bombarded with. All in vail, alas.

Ben Davies – 5.0

Eric Dier – 7.6

Another impressive player who was forced to play deeper towards the end due to Moura coming on. Great save when it came to stopping Rashford.

Mousa Dembele – 5.8

Unlucky outing, as he was responsible for the mistake that led to Sanchez equalizing.

Christian Eriksen – 7.5

Unfortunate for him, as the assist to Alli’s goal was really a quick piece of thinking.

Dele Alli – 8.2

Tottenham’s best player for the game and the man behind the well-timed opening goal. Couldn’t do much to penetrate United in the dying minutes though.

Heung-Min Son –  6.3

Harry Kane- 7.0

Toothless in attack and didn’t at all do what was expected of him. With just two attempts at goal, it is easy to see why the match ended the way it did.

Substitutes

Lucas Moura – 6.1

Changed up the play a bit, but not enough to make a big enough impact.

Victor Wanyama – 6.0

Erik Lamela- 4.0

 

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