Wasteful in front of goal. There’s an irony in United putting in their best 45 minutes away from home so far this season without getting a goal. United had chances aplenty in the first half including a goal being ruled out for offside but Hugo Lloris’ inspired performance kept United out.
As good as Lloris was in goal, United’s finishing was equally as bad. Everybody was guilty – Falcao, Mata and Van Persie all had chances you’d expect them to score but they seemingly left their scoring boots in Manchester.
A switched off second half. United were dominant, confident and in control for the first half. However, it was Jekyll and Hyde as the second half was completely different.
Instead of United being on top, Tottenham were the aggressors. The home side pushed United back and De Gea was the goalkeeper under pressure.
What happened to United? For a team who looked so focused earlier in the match, there was an overwhelming loss of concentration. United could have won it in the first half and could so easily have lost it in the second.
An unchanged XI. For the first time since November 2012, Man United named the same starting XI for two consecutive Premier League games. It’s been so long since it happened that United fans had forgotten what it is like to have that sort of consistency.
Injury problems have stopped United from using the same XI consistently but Van Gaal will now be hoping that there is some light at the end of the tunnel with injuries.
Chelsea have shown this season just how important it is to have the same core of players in the team every week because it gives stability. It would really help United if they can have the same sort of consistency in the starting XI.