Tottenham and Man United player ratings as Phil Jones has a howler

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Man United defender Phil Jones after his own goal against Tottenham.

Tottenham wasted no time in blowing Manchester United away, Christian Eriksen netting after just 11 seconds following a defensive mix-up and Phil Jones soon adding a comical own goal.

The visitors to Wembley were well beaten as their eight-match unbeaten run was thrillingly ended, each star performer coming from the Spurs ranks.

Here, we rate the players at Wembley:

TOTTENHAM

Hugo Lloris – 6: Quiet night for the returning France No1, despite all the attacking prowess in the United line-up. Pulled off one superb stop from Romelu Lukaku.

Kieran Trippier – 7: Criticism he’s received of late seemed to spark a much-improved display. Kept Alexis Sanchez relatively quiet and provided the devilish cross which Phil Jones turned into his own net.

Davinson Sanchez – 7: Had the legs to keep up with Anthony Martial and didn’t shirk any physical challenges with Lukaku.

Jan Vertonghen – 7: Adds an air of serenity to the Spurs back line. How United could have done with such a performer. 

Ben Davies  6: His long ball from deep sparked the early opener. Diligently stuck to task of keeping Martial quiet.

Eric Dier  7: Lucky to get away with a physical challenge on Paul Pogba. But this also showed his determination to win the midfield battle.

Mousa Dembele  7: This match was a helter-skelter affair, yet the Belgium centre midfielder, typically, kept his cool. A leading pass-completion rate of 94.8 per cent speaks volumes about his refined display. Booked.

Christian Eriksen  7: What a way to mark your return to action, scoring after 11 seconds. The thought of him supplying passes to new boy Lucas Moura is mouthwatering.

Dele Alli 7: This was a selfless display from the England man. Caused chaos for the opener. Booked.

Son Heung-min  6: Missed the chance to make it six-consecutive home games with a goal. A chance didn’t drop his way despite his best efforts. Possibly hampered by a first-half knock.

Harry Kane – 7: Gave kittens to the United centre-backs. Performance was only missing a goal for 2017’s top scorer in Europe.

SUBS

Erik Lamela N/A: Given a 10-minute run-out at the death.

Moussa Sissoko N/A: Late arrival just before injury-time.

Victor Wanyama N/A: Saw out the final moments.

MAN UNITED

David De Gea  6: Conceded two goals, but no fault can be attributed to the Spain international. Had little else to do, other than pick the ball out of his net.

Antonio Valencia  6: Fortunate to get away with a wild challenge on Dele Alli in the first half. If VAR was in use, a penalty would, surely, have been given.

Chris Smalling – 5: Unsettled throughout. For a man of his size and speed, is too often caught on the back foot.

Phil Jones – 3: It doesn’t get much worse than this. Lost battle in the air with Kane for the first and chaotically went with the wrong foot for the own goal. Kept up pattern throughout career of playing well for several matches, before having a shocker. Booked.

Ashley Young  6: Was a lively presence in the opposition half. But both goals came from his area of the pitch, especially the second. Booked.

Paul Pogba  5: Suffered the indignity of being hooked early in the second half. It’s now several poor matches in a row for the France midfielder.

Nemanja Matic  6: You had to feel sorry for the exposed Serbia defensive midfielder. Offered no support by his adventurous colleagues. Must have felt like being caught in the central reservation on a motorway.

Jesse Lingard – 5: Has shone so many times at Wembley before, but this wasn’t his night. Looks like he could be the victim of Sanchez’s recruitment.

Anthony Martial  6: Hooked from his favoured left-wing spot. Attempts to cut inside were too obvious. Had a few shots and half-chances, yet never looked like adding to his nine-goal haul in the 2017/18 Premier League.

Romelu Lukaku – 6: With so many attackers on the field it was strange to see the Belgium centre forward be left so isolated. Was swarmed on whenever the ball was pumped to him on the ground or air.

Alexis Sanchez  6: Most willing of United’s attackers. But Tottenham did an expert job putting several men on him whenever he got the ball.

SUBS

Juan Mata  6: Failed to make an impact as Jose Mourinho tried to add some control.

Marouane Fellaini  5: Blink and you missed him. The substitute picked up an apparent injury.

Ander Herrera  6: Might get more starts, at Lingard’s expense, if 4-3-3 formation remains.

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Christian Eriksen is quick out the blocks and other things learned as Tottenham beat Man United

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Christian Eriksen celebrates his early goal for Tottenham against Man United.

Christian Eriksen scored the joint-third fastest goal in Premier League history and the awful Phil Jones rocketed in an own goal as Tottenham blew Manchester United away with a deserved 2-0 victory on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated from the off at Wembley, inflicting a miserable Premier League debut on – for added joy – ex-Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez.

Here, we examine three things from Wembley:

ERIKSEN WASTES NO TIME ON RETURN

The Denmark playmaker required only 11 seconds to remind Spurs what they had been missing in his absence.

Eriksen popped up in the right place to calmly take advantage of the chaos in the United defence and slot in the vital opener. Only club legend Ledley King has scored a quicker goal in the top flight for Tottenham, taking 9.9 seconds in 2000 to score past Bradford City.

Eriksen was taken ill after Everton were torn apart 4-0 on January 13. In the interim, they’ve meandered to 1-1 draws with struggling Southampton and League Two minnows Newport County in the FA Cup.

In a dominant second half, Eriksen consistently probed. He also showed no lack of match fitness as the collective might of Spurs shut United down.

He truly is a great Dane.

Christian Eriksen was back in action for Spurs.

Christian Eriksen was back in action for Spurs.

CALAMITY JONES STRIKES AGAIN

The ticking time bomb at the heart of the United defence went off at Wembley.

Jones was all at sea for Eriksen’s first, before his ungainly control saw him disastrously go with the wrong foot and fire into his own goal.

There is a defender of real ability within Jones. He’s shown it plenty of times this season as his injury problems have, mostly, been put to one side – this 20th Premier League appearance of the season already beats his tallies from the previous two seasons.

But at the age of 25, he still can cause self-inflicted wounds. Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly’s return cannot come soon enough.

A sorry Phil Jones gets a booking for Manchester United.

A sorry Phil Jones gets a booking for Manchester United.

SANCHEZ CONUNDRUM YET TO BE SOLVED

The addition of Sanchez from Arsenal promised fresh impetus for United, yet on this evidence it’s left manager Jose Mourinho with a real headache.

A bold 4-3-3 formation was utilised from the start, with the Chile superstar Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all crammed into it. This was a break from the norm for Mourinho, whose negative tactics receive such castigation in these top-six clashes.

United’s performance wasn’t a bad one, not by any stretch. Yet harried anchorman Nemanja Matic was noticeably exposed and the visitors had only six shots to the host’s 22.

In the coming weeks, he’ll need to live up to his nickname as the ‘Special One’ to pull off this balancing act.

Alexis Sanchez had a miserable return to London.

Alexis Sanchez had a miserable return to London.

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Analysis of Aymeric Laporte's performance during Man City's 3-0 win over West Brom

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Man City strolled to a 3-0 win over West Brom on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium to move closer to the Premier League title.

Here, we focus on new signing Aymeric Laporte’s performance.

STATS

Shots – 0

Tackles – 0

Touches – 81

Passes – 76

Pass Accuracy – 94.7%

Key passes – 0

Aerials Won – 2

Dispossessed – 

Interceptions – 1

EFFECTIVENESS

The 23-year-old produced a solid display on his Manchester City debut – although it is hard to say he was tested defensively against a lacklustre West Brom side.

The centre-back started the game well, sending a cleverly-weighted cross field pass into the path of Bernardo Silva down the left flank and looked comfortable with the ball throughout as he attempted to tee up team-mates in fluent attacking positions.

With only one full training session with his new team, he did little wrong defensively but the fact that he won two aerial duels, had 81 touches and a pass accuracy of 94.7% speaks volumes of his influence on the City defence.

With John Stones still very much learning on the job as the fulcrum of the City defence and add to that Vincent Kompany’s constant injury problems, Laporte’s leadership and crisp passing qualities make him a fearsome addition at the Etihad Stadium.

His calmness on and off the ball – coupled with his solid work rate – rubbed off on his back four and will be a vital ingredient as City home in on a first league title since 2014.

The Frenchman did attempt a few superb penetrating passes and was consistent with his advances – apart from one overstretched pass to David Silva – but overall it was top marks for the Agen-born man.

KEY MOMENTS

6th minute: Fires a superb cross-field path over to the right wing and into the path of Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese then flicks the ball to Raheem Sterling, but his pass to David Silva is blocked.

10th minute: Comes bounding into the West Brom half but his attempted pass to David Silva is overhit, and the Spaniard is unable to beat Ahmed Hegazi for the ball.

43rd minute: Fernandinho storms through the middle, but Laporte bumps Gareth Barry off the ball, just as the Brazilian steps into the penalty area. The referee blows for a West Brom free-kick and Laporte was lucky not to receive a yellow card.

VERDICT

Looked nearly flawless on his first league start.

Whether he is the missing piece to an already star-studded squad is another question, but with City competing on all fronts this term it is crucial Guardiola has solid reinforcements in all areas.

If the Spaniard opts for Vincent Kompany in the next game, then it is still positive to know a player of Laporte’s calibre can come off the bench and make an impact with his accurate passing and imposing aerial ability.

Solid across the park, the Frenchman will be a commanding presence as the Sky Blues bid to continue the season on a successful note.

8/10

All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com

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