Fred is already making a better impression than he did on Sunday. His pass to pick out Antony in United’s last attack was crisply hit and the right ball and then as Tottenham tried to play out he made a good interception. Visitors started the better though, Doherty getting joy down the right in early stages.
Ten Hag must have motioned to United to get the ball forward on three separate occasions as they moved the ball from right to left and left to right without going anywhere. He’s just got Martinez’s attention and gestured to him to knock it forward to Shaw.
Martinez found Sancho with a long pass but his touch was poor and possession fell to Tottenham, who probed around the United area. The danger has now been averted, mind. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season in a 3-2 win for United.
Overall, he’s scored eight Premier League goals against Spurs (including six in his last three) – against no side does he have more in the competition. United could go 10 points behind Spurs tonight but have played a game fewer and the Premier League’s fixtures announcement for December and January is overdue by over a week now. The Premier League website states an announcement was due on October 11.
United have got two games in need of rearranging (Palace away and Leeds at home) and there could be a five-day gap between Forest at home on Boxing Day and Wolves away on New Year’s Eve; an obvious slot to squeeze in one of the postponed matches.
The situation might be clearer once United’s fate in the Europa League is sealed. If they finish first in Group E, then they will have two free midweeks in February. If they finish second, they won’t and there will be fewer slots for the Palace and Leeds games.
Manchester United  – 0 Tottenham
— zack💚 (@Promiss78) October 19, 2022