Tottenham player ratings as Lucas Moura scintillates and Harry Kane rises above

Jay Asser 28/08/2018
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Tottenham delivered a dagger into the hearts of Manchester United at Old Trafford and stayed perfect in their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win on Monday.

After sputtering in the first half, Spurs roared to life after the break as Harry Kane sent them in the right direction with a pinpoint header before Lucas Moura produced a brace to put the game away.

Here, we rate Mauricio Pochettino’s side after they earned an impressive result.

TOTTENHAM 4-1-2-1-2

Hugo Lloris – His outstretched save to thwart Lukaku in the second half preserved Tottenham’s lead right after they got it. 8

Kieran Trippier – Had his hands full with Shaw but also delivered his usual playmaking to set up Tottenham’s assault. 7

Toby Alderweireld – Helped keep United off the scoresheet on a night where he could easily have been playing on other side. 7

Jan Vertonghen – Along with the rest of the defence, faced a strong United push in the first half before holding his ground after the break. 7

Danny Rose: Breathed a sigh of relief after his poor back pass meant for Lloris was easily intercepted by Lukaku, who almost slotted in. 5

Eric Dier – Struggled to make much of an impact and mostly blended into the background as United neutralised him. 6

Mousa Dembele – Took time to find his footing and settled in as the game went on, but was far from a factor. 6

Dele Alli – A menace but could have done better with a few chances, including the poor back pass from Lindelof in front of goal. 7

Christian Eriksen – His perfect pass to a streaking Moura resulted in a second goal and his presence was felt in midfield. 8

Harry Kane – Provided the first on a beautiful header which he directed into the corner of goal, out of De Gea’s reach. 8

Lucas Moura – First produced a brilliant finish to add Tottenham’s second and then capped the victory with a incisive run. 9

SUBSTITUTES

Serge Aurier (for Trippier, 76′) – Did what was required to keep United from mounting a comeback. N/A

Ben Davies (for Rose, 82′) – Had little to do in the dying moments as he kept Tottenham humming to see off the win. N/A

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Jose Mourinho has made six changes, including dropping embarrassed pair Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, as Manchester United look to bounce back from their defeat to Brighton against Tottenham.

Bailly and Lindelof came under fire for two poor individual displays in the 3-2 reverse on the south coast, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling the new centre-back pairing for Monday night’s game at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Lindelof have dropped out of the team completely, while Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and the returning Nemanja Matic are the other new faces in the starting XI. Alexis Sanchez, who missed the Brighton game with a dead leg, has been named on the bench.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been included in Tottenham’s team and has also retained the captaincy, despite being charged with drink driving last week.

Elsewhere, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele have been drafted in for Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies respectively.

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Kompany and City were held to a draw by Wolves on Saturday.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes Wolves are capable of claiming some “big scalps” in the Premier League this season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side held Pep Guardiola’s City to a 1-1 draw after taking the game to the champions at Molineux on Saturday.

Guardiola saluted Nuno and his newly-promoted players after the match and Kompany was equally generous in his praise.

“I’m confident they will take points off our competitors,” Kompany told the Express & Star.

“I’m convinced they will (surprise a few teams) – they don’t behave or play like a Championship team that has just been promoted.

“They are the typical type of team who is geared up to get big scalps because they have enough quality to play themselves out of situations when they are under pressure.

“The other thing is their key players work hard and that’s always a good mix.”

Wolves, still chasing their first win back in the top flight, have taken two points from their first three matches.

They will bid to maintain their momentum at Sheffield Wednesday in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night when Nuno is expected to make wholesale changes.

Forward Ivan Cavaleiro (back) is the only absentee, while John Ruddy, Danny Batth, Kortney Hause and Morgan Gibbs-White hope to start with Rui Patricio, Conor Coady and Ruben Neves likely to be rested.

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