Before the match started with players taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter. For Tottenham Hotspur, a victory was much needed to keep the hopes alive for qualifications in next season’s Champions League. Things were going according to his plan.
Steve Bergwijn gave the Spurs the lead within 27 minutes, but as the match grew older, Manchester United started to dictate the game.
In the second half, the Reds played much better and were rewarded. Paul Pogba – on as a substitute as he returned after a long injury lay-off – producing a burst into the box that tempted a rash challenge from Eric Dier.
Fernandes showed excellent composure to fire home from 12 yards out, sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way, as the visitors extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 games.
It appeared the Portuguese would have the chance to score again from the spot when referee Jonathan Moss adjudged he had been fouled by Dier in the 90th minute, but a VAR check reversed the on-field call.
The return of Pogba at his best should be a great thing for Manchester United. His control over the ball and commendable effort at the center of the park made United look a completely different team in the second period.
Perhaps, the presence of Mourinho reignited Pogba to deliver his best, but whatever it is, Pogba was hugely missed. It was good to see him fit and playing well.