Monday Night Football, so often the showcase for great Manchester United sides of the past, became Tottenham’s stage as they announced themselves as title contenders. Lucas Moura shined with two spectacular goals, one individual and the other a superb team display. This was after Harry Kane continued ending his curses of the past by breaking his Old Trafford goal drought, proving that when you score so much the story becomes when you don’t.
In the first half Spurs looked like they were still in warm up mode and almost collasped under United’s pressure. Tottenham were lucky not to concede after a misplaced Danny Rose back pass put in Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian rounded Hugo Lloris before shooting wide of an open goal. Aside from a powerful Lucas Moura run which led to a clear penalty being denied, Spurs were second best throughout a mistake ridden opening 45 minutes.
However, soon after the start of the second half Spurs had United reeling with two quick-fire goals in the span of two minutes. The first was a terrific header from Harry Kane from Kieran Trippier’s corner that settled in the sweet spot of the net. United were keen to answer back swiftly and committed players forward, leaving space for Christian Eriksen, who found Lucas Moura waiting to slot home a dynamic finish.
Tottenham were still a threat despite United dominating possession, particularly the fabulous Lucas Moura who punished United once again with five minutes to play. The Brazilian speedster left Chris Smalling kissing the turf before slamming the ball past David De Gea to give Spurs their best win at Old Trafford.
The night became a coming out party for the universally agreed upon man of the match Lucas Moura. A threat throughout, the winger turned striker was powerful as well as quick and found the back of the net when asked to. Alongside the Brazilian, Toby Alderweireld stood out, showing he can still perform at his best in a Tottenham shirt. Perpetually linked with Manchester United throughout 2018, Alderweireld’s defensive dominance ironically reached its peak opposite United’s central defenders’ calamitous displays.
Overall, this was an incredible night for Spurs who have so often struggled away against the top six, at the start of the season, and against Mourinho. They proved that no signings doesn’t mean no ambition. From here, Spurs make a trip to Watford in a top of the table clash on Sunday, as they try and continue their best ever start to a Premier League season under Pochettino.