Manchester United’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur was certainly a testy affair.
The game ended 3-1 despite Jose Mourinho’s side taking the early lead via Son Heung-min. This was despite Edinson Cavani’s purported opener being cancelled out due to VAR intervention levying a foul in the build-up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men struck via Fred in the second-half, with Cavani’s header giving them more breathing space only for Mason Greenwood to wrap it all up neatly in added time.
Lot of controversy in the game surrounded refereeing decisions, with allegations of simulations by players being quite common.
One incident from early on certainly set the stage for the game that was to follow.
Harry Maguire was not too pleased with a soft-foul that referee Chris Kavanagh awarded to Sergio Reguilon after being ‘fouled’ by Paul Pogba. It seemed a general consensus that the 24-year-old Spaniard went down too easily.
United’s captain certainly felt so and did not feel shy in letting his emotions be known as he was purportedly heard screaming: “Hey Sergio, f*** off” in the aftermath of the incident.
A similar sort of exaggeration was purported in the build-up of Cavani’s later disallowed opener with Scott McTominay appearing to foul Son. The very public spat between Mourinho and Solskjær regarding that incident, however, was bereft of the colourful phrase that Maguire decided to deploy instead.
For his part, the English centre-back had a solid game at the back, with much credit being assigned to goalkeeper Dean Henderson in particular who kept Spurs at bay quite effectively.
It will be interesting to see what other words can be elicited from the former Leicester City defender before the season comes to an end.