Manchester United stole a much needed three points from Tottenham Hotspur yesterday at Old Trafford, putting them back into the top four ahead of Arsenal’s game against Leicester City this afternoon.
The performance was generally pretty equal between the two teams overall, with the home team actually having less possession (44%) of the ball over the course of the game, however, they had an advantage in the form of the ever inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese goal machine bagged a hat-trick in a record-breaking performance against Antonio Conte’s side, as his goals in the game yesterday added to the huge tally of career strikes that now makes him the highest-scoring men’s footballer in the history of the game.
Despite the outstanding performance from Ronaldo, the defensive play was questionable yet again from Manchester United, with Harry Maguire gifting Tottenham an own goal in the 72nd minute to level the score-line, although luckily Ronaldo gave his team the lifeline they needed when he found the back of the net for the third time in the 81st minute.
One player in particular who wasn’t up to scratch in the back line was Alex Telles, and his performance for the team certainly did not reflect the final score.
However, his statistics also make for a pretty grim read. He lost possession of the ball in every three of his 65 touches, made no interceptions, lost 100% of his aerial duels and lost the majority of his ground duels too (55%). Although he bagged an assist for his corner whipped in for Ronaldo’s third goal, overall the defender was more of a hindrance than a help for his team defensively.
Ralf Rangnick does have another option for the left-back position in Luke Shaw, and it will be interesting to see if the German coach switches up the defensive line yet again for their important Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.
The game at Old Trafford will be one of, if not the most important of the season for Rangnick’s side, so he must make the right choices on selection to avoid a disaster.