Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Semi-Final Match Analysis

Mauricio Pochettino GETTY Spurs are yet to win any silverware under Mauricio Pochettino
Ella Tate | 22 April, 2018, 06:06

However, in recent games he has re-established himself as Jose Mourinho's man for the big occasion, earning the start in United's stirring comeback win over Manchester City earlier this month and then being trusted again on Saturday, as the manager chose to play three midfielders rather than his usual 4-2-3-1.

With both sides needing the FA Cup as silverware salvation this season, a tense, negative affair had been predicted by many.

Spurs flew out of the blocks but simply could not put United away and there was an air of desperation and frustration. The most important [thing] is that we are in this process, that after four years we can compete and that is fantastic.

"Everyone feels "we are close, we are close, we are close" and still it is almost and near for us to touch, but to reach this last level you not only have to compete, but you have to win". We have the staff that wants to win.

"We can close the season in a final and that's a good achievement".

"We need to be realistic", he said.

And he said he felt his side had done well in the game and the margin between defeat and victory was small.

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The Red Devils came out dominating the second half with an eventual 2-1 win. We can finish second with six more points.

Pochettino was the first to blink as he reacted to falling behind by bringing Lucas Moura on and changing the shape of his side, with Victor Wanyama following him on 10 minutes later. Spurs found it far too easy to open the scoring, though, when Davinson Sanchez, in for Toby Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence, played a lofted pass down the right to Eriksen. Ashley Young was caught out of position, Paul Pogba's attempt at stopping Eriksen's cross was, shall we say lackadaisical, while neither Chris Smalling or Antonio Valencia could stop Alli from making a late dash and firing past David De Gea.

United got back on level terms on 23 minutes against the run of play - and Spurs were their own worst enemies. I was really really happy and pleased so the answer was good.

Finally, once that was dealt with, Mousa Dembele lost possession by trying to twist his way out of trouble when a hoof was all that was needed.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera saw United come from behind and condemn Spurs to an eighth successive last-four defeat in this competition.

Spurs had a good spell as the first half wore on and hit the post in stoppage time, as the teams went in level at the break.

Spurs smelt blood and came close again in the 17th minute twice - first when Alli nearly connected again from a Son Heung-min cross and then Eriksen went close.

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