Tottenham vs Man Utd LIVE: Result and reaction from Premier League fixture as Spurs complete comeback

Tottenham banished all memories of their 6-1 defeat to Newcastle to complete a remarkable fightback against Manchester United on Thursday night.

Things started badly for the hosts as Jadon Sacho sent the visitors ahead inside seven minutes as Erik ten Hag’s men imposed themselves on the game. Marcus Rashford then finished off a wonderful move to send United into the break with a comfortable lead as the Tottenham players were booed off the pitch.

The second half saw a different Tottenham side come onto the pitch. From the off they controlled the tempo and, aided by key personnel like Christian Eriksen being taken off, they found a way back into the game - Pedro Porro volleying a shot home from the right side of the box.

From there Spurs continued to push and, despite a poor individual performance, Son Heung-min bobbled in an equaliser having been expertly picked out by Harry Kane inside the area. Spurs earned just one point but in the context of their recent performances it will feel like a whole lot more.

Relive the action as Tottenham hosted Manchester United in the Premier League:

Tottenham vs Manchester United

  • Tottenham comeback will remind Manchester United how far there is to go

  • 79’ GOAL! - Son equalises for Spurs with 10 minutes to play (TOT 2-2 MUN)

  • 56’ GOAL! - Porro pulls one back (TOT 1-2 MUN)

  • 44’ GOAL! - Rashford adds a second after a lovely ball from Fernandes (TOT 0-2 MUN)

  • 25’ SAVE! - Fernandes draws a low stop out for Forster (TOT 0-1 MUN)

  • 19’ OFF THE LINE! - Perisic’s last ditch clearance denies Sancho a second (TOT 0-1 MUN)

  • 7’ GOAL! - Sancho sends United in front early on (TOT 0-1 MUN)

Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 - 2 Manchester United FC

Tottenham comeback will remind Manchester United how far there is to go

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Ryan Mason might have done his chances of getting the Tottenham job no harm, if only because he spared Daniel Levy further ire. A night that threatened to descend into full unrest against the chairman instead saw the home side restore some pride. It might well sharpen the anti-Glazer protests ahead of deadline day for final bids, as Manchester United fecklessly threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2. It is unlikely to matter too much as regards the Champions League race, but a strange and gradually entertaining game did reflect a disproportionate amount about where the two clubs are.

United have the foundation of something but are still someway off, with uncertainty about the ownership weighing over everything, not least the investment in an ill-fitting squad. Tottenham only really have two or three stars in an ill-fitting team, but still have their pride.

The one thing the supporters of both clubs share is a general disquiet about it all. The first half was constantly soundtracked by United supporters singing against the Glazers with the home fans following about Levy. This all came as the result looked a foregone conclusion with United 1-0 and then 2-0 up, until Mason brought something else out of Spurs.

Tottenham comeback will remind Manchester United how far there is to go

FT Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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Reaction from Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.

FT Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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That draw takes Tottenham back up to fifth in the Premier League table but they’re still six points behind Manchester United who stay fourth thanks to Newcastle’s victory earlier this evening.

FT Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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No player in Premier League history has assisted a single teammate to score more times than Harry Kane has for Son Heung-min (24, level with Frank Lampard for Didier Drogba).

FT Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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Marcus Rashford has scored his 50th away goal for Manchester United in all competitions, at least 19 more than any other player for the club since his debut in February 2016.

Full-time: Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

22:08 , Mike Jones

90+4 mins: A great game comes to a close with both teams sharing the points. Manchester United were by far the better side in the first half as Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford gave them a comfortable two goal lead.

Erik ten Hag made some personnel changes in the second half which seemed to upset their rhythm just when Spurs wrestled the momentum.

Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min both beat David De Gea to complete a fine comeback from the home side and after being booed off the pitch at the halfway stage the hosts were applauded at the full-time whistle.

Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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90 mins: Four minutes of added time to go.

Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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88 mins: Japhet Tanganga replaces Son Heung-min for Spurs with a couple of minutes plus stoppage time to play. The home side have eased off the gas and seem content with the draw.

United are pushing for the winner in these closing stages.

Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

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85 mins: Casemiro chips the ball over to Marcus Rashford who slips it into the box for Anthony Martial. Martial checks to the right and wants to shoot but Dejan Kulusevski comes in from behind and just manages to poke the ball away from the forward.

Harry Kane is down a little further up the pitch and needs some treatment.

Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd

21:55 , Mike Jones

82 mins: Inside the final 10 minutes of the match at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and it’s been a fabulous fightback from Spurs. They’re hungry for more goals and have all the momentum.

This match doesn’t feel like it’ll end in a draw.

GOAL! Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd (Son, 79’)⚽️

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79 mins: The old duo comes to the rescue for Spurs!

David De Gea’s goal kick is nodded forward and bounces past Tyrell Malacia into the path of Harry Kane. He glances into the box and curls a low pass to the opposite side of the penalty area.

Son Heung-min pops up behind Diogo Dalot and scuffs his shot past De Gea but manages to sneak it in!

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

21:51 , Mike Jones

78 mins: Ben Davies and Arnaut Danjuma are brought on by Spurs boss Ryan Mason. Pedro Porro and Ivan Perisic are the men taken off.

The home side certainly look the more likely to score at the minute, they win a free kick and Wout Weghorst is punished for a hand off that hits Dejan Kulusevski in the face.

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

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75 mins: Close! A Spurs free kick is dinked into the box where Harry Kane drifts into space on the left side. He volleys it across the six yard box but Clement Lenglet can’t turn it into the goal and United scramble it away.

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

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72 mins: Tyrell Malacia and Wout Weghorst are the latest Manchester United reinforcements to come onto the pitch. Antony and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the men replaced.

United win a corner that Bruno Fernandes delivers towards Casemiro. The Brazilian can’t get it under control and Spurs manage to work it away.

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

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69 mins: This half isn’t going the way Manchester United fans would have been hoping for. Tottenham seem energised and hungry to add to their tally.

Erik ten Hag’s changes have been ineffectually.

Chance! Ivan Perisic whips another great ball into the box and Eric Dier of all people has a free header. He’s on the edge of the six yard box but nods it wide.

Spurs should be level.

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

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66 mins: Chance! An almost perfect counter-attack ends in a Spurs goal.

The ball comes to Harry Kane who spins away from Luke Shaw and injects a bit of pace to get around the defender before expertly picking out Son Heung-min on the left side of the box.

Son volleys his effort towards goal but fizzes it wide of the far post!

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

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63 mins: Erik ten Hag makes a double change now and replaces Christian Eriksen and Jadon Sancho with Anthony Martial and Fred.

Dejan Kulusevski is on for Spurs too.

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

21:35 , Mike Jones

60 mins: Tottenham are knocking on the door again. They win a corner that Pedro Porro whips onto the head of Cristian Romero.

He doesn’t make decent contact and the ball bounces out to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Hojbjerg shoots but pulls the ball wide of David De Gea’s goal.

Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd

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57 mins: Crossbar! Wonderful play from Bruno Fernandes sees him flick the ball into the box then follow it in to volley a shot past Fraser Forster only to be denied by the woodwork!

United should have had a third.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd (Porro, 56’)⚽️

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56 mins: Spurs have one back! A switch of play sends the ball over to Ivan Perisic on the left wing. He lifts the ball into the penalty area where it bounces off Richarlison and down to Kane.

Kane’s effort is blocked by Shaw but comes out to Pedro Porro who volleys it home!

Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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51 mins: Spurs are giving it a decent go since the restart. Pedro Porro sees a shot blocked and then Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fires a shot from range way over the bar.

Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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48 mins: Pedro Porro’s delivery is decent but it comes straight into the middle of the box where Casemiro leaps up and heads the ball clear.

Close! Tottenham work the ball nicely into the box and Porro’s shot hits Harry Kane. Kane recycles the ball over to Ivan Perisic who lifts it back into the middle.

Clement Lenglet is waiting and beats David De Gea to the ball but nods it onto the crossbar!

Second half: Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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Son Heung-min gets the game back underway and Spurs boot the ball long down the left flank. A United head meets it in the air and the ball is nodded out for a throw in.

The ball is then sent quickly into the box and Spurs win a corner early in the second half.

HT Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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Here’s a look at Jadon Sancho’s opening goal. This is a corker:

HT Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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It took Jadon Sancho just seven minutes to unlock Tottenham’s defence tonight. The winger is finally starting to click in a Manchester United shirt and will be looking forward to proving his worth to Erik ten Hag next season.

Sancho has six goals now this year.


HT Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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Marcus Rashford goal drought is over. He’s now got 29 goals for the season.

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Half-time: Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd

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45+2 mins: It’s been excellent 45 minutes for Manchester United. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are both on the scoresheet after some fine build-up play from the midfield.

David De Gea has proved his worth in between the sticks with a couple of sharp saves and the makeshift defence is holding up.

Tottenham are booed off by the home fans as they head down the tunnel.

GOAL! Tottenham 0-2 Man Utd (Rashford, 44’)⚽️

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44 mins: That’s how you finish!

Tottenham sweep up the pitch and force David De Gea into a brilliant save before United work the ball clear to Bruno Fernandes. He switches the ball out to Marcus Rashford who has the pace to drive in behind Eric Dier.

Rashford takes the ball into the box then smokes a left-footed strike past Fraser Forster who had no chance to keep that one out.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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43 mins: The referee has been pretty lenient when it comes to 50/50 challenges but he’s just pulled out the yellow card twice in less than a minute.

The first went to Pierre-Emile Hjbjerg and the second to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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40 mins: Save! Christian Eriksen lifts a wonderful ball over to Marcus Rashford who chests it down and nails a powerful shot at goal only for Fraser Forster to deny him a goal.

The Spurs goalkeeper has been busy this evening already.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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37 mins: The tempo and intensity of this match is heating up and the crowd can feel it. Tottenham are getting stuck in and when they transition the ball quickly are causing a few issues for United’s defence.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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34 mins: Tottenham are growing into the match as they try to impose themselves on United’s midfield. Kane drops deep to receive the ball after Eric Dier wins it back.

He plays it on to Richarlison who once again dribbles into the box. Casemiro attempts to shrug him off the ball but Richarlison cuts it into the six-yard area but cannot pick out a teammate.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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31 mins: Save! Tottenham’s corner is whipped into the near post where Ivan Perisic rises above everyone else and guides a headed effort towards goal.

It’s a great chance for the hosts but David De Gea reacts quickly and pushes the ball wide of the target.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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28 mins: Chance for Spurs! A give and go from Richarlison gets the Tottenham man into the penalty area on the left hand side and he’s got a good angle to shoot.

Instead he looks to play in Pedro Porro arriving on the opposite side of the box but Luke Shaw manages to intercept and clear his lines.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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25 mins: Save! Bruno Fernandes makes a run from the middle of Spurs’ final third and drifts into space on the inside left channel. He drills a left-footed shot from range and gets it to dip at the last minute forcing Fraser Forster to turn it wide of the far post!

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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22 mins: A step over from Bruno Fernandes sees the ball come through to Marcus Rashford. He dinks it across to Antony who flicks the ball into the right side of the box for Fernandes.

The United captain shoots on the turn but his effort is blocked behind for a corner that then comes to nothing.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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19 mins: Off the line!

That looked like a certain goal for United as Sancho is fed into the left side of the box once again. He fizzes a shot at goal that Cristian Romero keeps out with a sharp block.

The ball bounces back to Sancho who hits it with his opposite foot and starts to celebrate just as Ivan Perisic nods it off the line!

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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17 mins: Manchester United look more like the home side. They controlling possession and pushing Spurs deep into their own half. Tottenham want to play on the counter-attack but they can’t get hold of the ball at the minute.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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14 mins: Chance! Harry Kane wins the ball after a miscue from Marcus Rashford. Kane flicks it on to Son Heung-min who threads it through the United centre-backs and gets Richarlison into the box.

He’s not looking at the best of angles but gets a shot away and forces David De Gea into a low stop.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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13 mins: Chance for United to increase their lead here.

The visitors win a free kick 30-yards out from goals but it’s bang in front. Marcus Rashford is left to take a shot and strikes it well. He whips it across the wall but pulls the shot just wide of the far post.

Fraser Forster seemed to have it covered though.

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

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10 mins: That’s just the start Man Utd would have been after and the one Tottenham wanted to avoid after their recent humiliation at the hands of Newcastle.

Can the home side get themselves back in the game or will United start to run rampant?

GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd (Sancho, 7’)⚽️

20:23 , Mike Jones

7 mins: Manchester United take the lead! They win the ball in midfield and poke it up to Marcus Rashford. He spins towards goal and runs it into the middle before sliding a pass out to Jadon Sancho.

Sancho weaves into the box and rolls the ball onto his right foot before curling a lovely finish into the far bottom corner!

Tottenham 0-0 Man Utd

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6 mins: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg floats a fine diagonal ball out wide to the right side where Pedro Porro brings the ball under control.

He takes on Diogo Dalot and almost gets inside of the makeshift left-back but Jadon Sancho sprints back to help out and between them the two Man Utd players recover the ball.

Sancho’s having a decent night already.

Tottenham 0-0 Man Utd

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3 mins: Jadon Sancho dribbles his way down the left side for Man Utd and gets up to the edge of the box. He flicks a pass into the middle but Cristian Romero is on hand to boot the ball away.

Kick off: Tottenham 0-0 Man Utd

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Manchester United get the game started and work the ball over to Diogo Dalot. He slips it inside to Casemiro who guides it on to Christian Eriksen.

The former Tottenham midfielder is then fouled and United win an early free kick.

Tottenham vs Man Utd

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Here come the players.

This is a big game for both team’s hopes of earning European football next season. There’s more on the line for Spurs who are hoping to clinch a Europa League space.

United can afford to lose and still remain in the top four. If Erik ten Hag’s men win tonight though they’ll all but confirm a place in the Champions League next year.

Kick off is up next...

Pre-match thoughts from Erik ten Hag

20:08 , Mike Jones

Asked if tonight’s match was a good chance to strengthen Manchester United’s position in the top four, Ten Hag said: “Yes it is when you see the table.

“But we have to think about the game. We have to show we are very hungry, play on the front foot and show that we are determined.”

Should Tottenham sell Harry Kane to fund rebuild under a new manager?

20:05 , Mike Jones

Harry Kane’s future will once more be on the agenda in the summer, with Tottenham Hotspur falling short in all their major objectives for this season and churning through managers like other clubs make subs.

There remains pressure on Daniel Levy too, while any incoming boss will doubtless - yet again - want to undertake something of a rebuild of the playing squad to suit his formation and style.

It brings the obvious question - and particularly ahead of a clash against Manchester United who have been linked with the England skipper for so long - should Kane finally be moving on from north London?

The Independent’s sports desk came together to offer viewpoints on both the club and the striker, as to whether he should stay or go, for what fee and what might ultimately happen in the off-season.

Is it in Spurs’ best interests to allow Kane to leave – and what fee would be reasonable?

Should Tottenham sell Kane to fund a rebuild?

Will Rashford find the target?

20:00 , Mike Jones

Marcus Rashford has found the net once in his last five Premier League games, having scored 10 in his first 10 top-flight appearances following the World Cup.


Kane eyes up a hundred

19:55 , Mike Jones

Harry Kane is one shy of 100 Premier League home goals and would become the first player in the competition to reach a century of goals both home and away.


Ralf Rangnick identifies what Tottenham need to give Julian Nagelsmann a platform to succeed

19:50 , Mike Jones

Tottenham Hotspur would make a good landing spot for Julian Nagelsmann’s next job - but Spurs have been told they’d need to make another key appointment to let him thrive.

Ralf Rangnick was in charge of football operations at RB Leipzig when Nagelsmann was at the club, then in just his second senior role, and the 35-year-old is now dealing with his first real setback of his coaching career after being sacked by Bayern Munich. Rangnick believes it would be a good match in terms of giving room to build a new team, suggesting Spurs do not immediately demand success.

Talks between the younger German boss and Spurs have been ongoing but there is no agreement in place and some reports have suggested Nagelsmann wants to wait until summer to decide his future.

Rangnick called Spurs an “exciting club” but insisted they would have to replace ousted sporting director Fabio Paratici if they wanted to get the best out of Nagelsmann.

Rangnick identifies what Spurs need to give Nagelsmann platform to succeed

Tottenham vs top seven

19:45 , Mike Jones

Spurs have won just one of their nine Premier League games against sides currently in the top seven, losing the other eight.

Will tonight be an exception to this trend or are Tottenham destined to lose again?

Will Man Utd lose on the road again?

19:40 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag’s side have lost all five top-flight away fixtures with teams currently in the top seven this season, conceding 21 goals in the process.

Defeat would be Manchester United’s 200th in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag praises Harry Kane as Manchester United look for centre forward

19:35 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag has praised potential summer target Harry Kane’s intelligence, personality and goalscoring instincts ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Fresh from edging past Brighton in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final on penalties, the Red Devils return to London for a key match in the race for Champions League qualification.

Fourth-placed United boast a six-point cushion and two games in hand on Spurs, who turned to Ryan Mason as caretaker boss following their 6-1 shellacking at Newcastle.

But whatever the disfunction at Spurs, club record goalscorer Kane always seems to find a way to find the net and took his tally to 26 in all competitions at St James’ Park.

Erik ten Hag praises Harry Kane as Manchester United look for centre forward

United’s great midweek form

19:30 , Mike Jones

Manchester United are unbeaten in seven midweek Premier League matches this season, winning five and drawing two.

United are seeking to win four consecutive top-flight matches without conceding in a season for the first time since between February and March 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Tottenham vs Man Utd

19:25 , Mike Jones

Tottenham have lost their last two top-flight matches, conceding nine goals and scoring three in reply. They have let in 28 Premier League goals in 2023 with only Leeds United (33) conceding more this year.

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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Team news!

19:21 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham: Forster, Romero, Dier, Lenglet, Porro, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Richarlison, Son, Kane

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Shaw, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford

Tottenham, Manchester United and a sliding-doors moment

19:10 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag was praising a prolific centre-forward. Which, in itself, meant he was not talking about a current Manchester United player.

Marcus Rashford has scored 28 times this season, but his preferred position is coming off the left flank. Anthony Martial has seven goals: the damning statistic, however, is not that none have come in his last four outings but that, as May beckons, he has still only started seven league games. Wout Weghorst has two goals, neither in the Premier League.

Instead, Ten Hag was speaking about Harry Kane and of his admiration for a player who, in most other seasons or a world without Erling Haaland, would be on course for the Golden Boot. Kane has 24 league goals in a mediocre Spurs side, a record 274 for Tottenham Hotspur and a record 55 for England.

His excellence extends beyond the total, however, as the Dutchman said.

The sliding-doors moment that shows Tottenham what they could have had

Tottenham vs Man Utd

19:05 , Mike Jones

Tottenham have won just three of their previous 21 top-flight home fixtures against Manchester United, drawing seven and losing 11.

The Red Devils are vying to beat Spurs for the 40th time in the Premier League.

Do Spurs have belief?

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“I believe in all my players, absolutely, and I wouldn’t want any of them to feel like I don’t.” said Ryan Mason when asked if his team believe they can finish the season well.

“I need to transfer that to the players and more importantly the players need to feel that together as well. They need to help each other to understand the situation we’re in.

“We’ve six really big games to try and finish this season as well as possible and hopefully set us up for a good summer and pre-season next season.

“The main focus is on Thursday and Sunday, two big games.”

Mason on bringing the group together

18:55 , Mike Jones

As part of his pre-match media duties Tottenham interim boss, Ryan Mason, was asked how important ‘togetherness’ is for Spurs as they look to end the season on a high and he replied: “It’s big now, and always important.

“I don’t believe you can be successful if you’re not together for one, inside this training centre, but then also as a whole, as a Club, because (otherwise) it becomes difficult.

“For us, we need to get the fans with us, we know that, because they’re disappointed with us and how the game went at the weekend.

“Ultimately, I’ve no doubt that if they know the players out there have desire, showing the will to run for the shirt, we’ll have them with us.”

Ryan Mason keen to get Tottenham’s fans back on side

18:50 , Mike Jones

Tottenham acting head coach Ryan Mason has acknowledged part of his role over the next month is to restore a connection with the supporters.

Spurs saw their season hit a new low on Sunday when they were thrashed 6-1 at Newcastle after they trailed by five goals inside 21 minutes.

It saw many away fans leave St James’ Park before half-time and while the squad have since promised to reimburse the travelling support, a toxic atmosphere could occur when Manchester United visit on Thursday night with chairman Daniel Levy set to again bear the brunt of criticism.

Mason, who threw his name into the hat for the managerial job on Wednesday, said: “I think the fans know what I feel for this club.”

Ryan Mason keen to get Tottenham’s fans back on side

More memories from Eriksen

18:45 , Mike Jones

“I think I really enjoyed my time there,” he explained when recalling his playing days at Tottenham. “We did have a very, very good team.

“And, every time, I’d be like no, I’m not going to leave for another team in the Premier League. I felt good at Spurs. You could see the opportunities for the future. Yeah, speaking [about it] is one thing but going for it is something else.

“I couldn’t see myself [elsewhere in England] so it was also why, when I left Spurs, I didn’t have the mindset of staying in the Premier League, when I wanted to leave.

“I didn’t plan on coming back but then, two years later, I was back and you never know what is going to happen in football.”

Eriksen recalls Tottenham days

18:40 , Mike Jones

Before joining Manchester United Christian Eriksen made his name in the Premier League playing for Tottenham and later Brentford.

He spent seven years at Spurs between 2013-2020 and spoke about how his time in London shaped and prepared him for life in the English top flight.

“I don’t know if I was a bargain,” he said about signing for Spurs from Ajax. “It was different. Just like going into a ping-pong machine, like a basketball game, continuously up and down. The intensity. Technically, I wasn’t surprised. I train and see players’ quality be the same as in Holland, technically. But you go into a game and wow, the intensity is completely different.

“If you lose the ball, it ends up there. If you lose it there, it ends up there. One rhythm, just up and down. It was a bit of a shock to get used to in the beginning.

“Under Andre Villa-Boas, I was in and out of the team at the time. I think also the club and the team was on and off. Against the top six, we lost a lot of games but, apart from that, we did okay. Then he left and Tim Sherwood took over at the end of that season and then Poch [Mauricio Pochettino] came in.

“I think, obviously, I had Poch for a lot longer than the other managers and I think what we did and what we created with him, the team we had was incredible. So, learning wise, I did learn from Poch. You’d have the ball less in training than before but have the ball a lot more in the games. With him, there was a lot of tough training, a lot of running, which is important for the physical part. We were a young side so, for us, it was the perfect mix and, just in the game, to play free.”

Tottenham vs Man Utd

18:35 , Mike Jones

Tottenham have lost four consecutive Premier League meetings, their worst run against Manchester United since seven successive defeats between September 2001 and September 2004.

Will it be a fifth straight defeat for Spurs tonight?

Jim Ratcliffe considers retaining Glazers as Manchester United stakeholders

18:30 , Mike Jones

Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s Ineos is “exploring all options” in order to seal the purchase of Manchester United. Sir Jim is considering retaining some of the Glazer family as stakeholders of the club, including Avram and Joel Glazer.

While that proposal is sure to enrage supporters and potentially get any prospective new regime off to a difficult start, The Independent has been told it is just one of a few proposals put forward by the billionaire. Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim-led bid is meanwhile solely seeking to buy 100 per cent of the club, as a number of investment firms also attempt to purchase minority stakes.

The deadline for these bids is 10pm on Friday evening, with the situation expected to move more quickly from next week. With Qatar expected to offer the highest bid, but not go over the £6bn the Glazers want, involved sources maintain that Ratcliffe is looking at numerous options to offer the most attractive bid over all. That involves offering the two Glazer siblings who want to stay a minority stake, as Ineos take controlling stake.

Jim Ratcliffe considers retaining Glazers as Manchester United stakeholders

Tottenham vs Man Utd prediction

18:25 , Mike Jones

Spurs surely have to show a big reaction after the debacle at St. James’ Park, but Manchester United have no need to be accommodating and will likely play a safety-first approach.

Spurs 1-1 Man Utd.

What is the early team news?

18:20 , Mike Jones

Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur and Emerson Royal are all out for Spurs and are not set to feature again this term. Clement Lenglet is a doubt, while there are question marks over Hugo Lloris who was subbed at halftime after conceding five goals early on against Newcastle.

For United, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay are all out. Bruno Fernandes faces a fitness test to see if he can play but Alejandro Garnacho and Donny van de Beek are other squad absentees. Jadon Sancho will hope for a start, while Anthony Martial or Wout Weghorst may get the nod up front.

How to watch Tottenham vs Man Utd

18:15 , Mike Jones

The match kicks off at 8:15pm GMT on Thursday 27 April.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate. Subscribers can stream the action via the BT Sport app or online player.

Predicted line-ups

Tottenham XI: Forster, Porro, Romero, Dier, Davies, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Richarlison, Kane

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Shaw, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Sabitzer, Sancho, Rashford, Martial

Tottenham vs Manchester United

15:11 , Mike Jones

Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Premier League action from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium where Spurs take on Man Utd.

It’s been a difficult week for the London club after they were hammered 6-1 by Newcastle and interim manager Cristian Stellini was dismissed from the club.

In his place for the rest of the season is Ryan Mason, back for his second spell as interim manager, and he’ll be hoping to turn around Spurs’ poor form to end the season on a high.

Places in next season’s European competitions are at stake tonight. Tottenham are hoping to get back up to fifth in the table and close in on a spot in the Europa League whilst Manchester United want to secure Champions League football by finishing in the top four.

This will be a interesting match-up with neither side able to field their strongest teams but it could come down to whoever’s defence holds up best.

Kick off is at 8.15pm and we’ll have all the build-up and team news beforehand so stick with us.