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Pogba shows flash of brilliance as Fernandes rescues point for Man Utd before VAR saves Tottenham from defeat

Saturday, 20 June 2020


Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes combined to rescue a point for Manchester United in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Friday night – and the Red Devils might’ve won it if not for VAR.

Another mistake by David de Gea almost cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s the game as Steven Bergwijn’s first-half effort slipped through the United goalkeeper to leave Roy Keane frothing at the mouth in the Sky studios.

Both goals were scored by players signed in January
A host of players were returning from injury – including Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – but it was Pogba who had the biggest impact despite not starting the game.

In a flash of genius, he left Eric Dier spinning and drew a foul, winning the penalty which was duly converted by Fernandes in the final ten minutes.

De Gea and Maguire were caught wanting for the Spurs goal
Then, for a moment, it looked as though United might snatch all three points when the referee pointed to the spot for another foul by Dier.

But while Pogba and Fernandes came to the rescue for the visitors, VAR was on hand to save Spurs from what would’ve been a significant injustice.

VAR came to the correct conclusion to overrule the penalty decision
After a cautious start to proceedings in this unusual new setting, the match sparked into life when Bergwijn breezed through the Manchester United defence as though they weren’t there.

Tottenham’s January signing fired a fierce strike at David de Gea which proved to hot to handle – prompting Keane to claim he’d be ‘throwing punches’ at the Spaniard in the dressing room.

Keane’s words perhaps struck fear into the United squad at half-time and inspired a significantly improved second-half display.

As Kane and Rashford continued their groggy returns from injury, Pogba made an instant impact off the bench and showed Solskjaer what he’s been missing for much of this season.

Pogba produced a moment of magic to win the penalty
Fernandes stepped up to score his third goal in six Premier League games for United, sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the spot.

The January signing was United’s most inspiring player by far – but we can’t allow his dive in the final moments to go without a mention.

Mourinho’s men remain without a win in seven
Thankfully, VAR was on hand to see there was absolutely no contact between Dier and the Portuguese midfielder, flying the flag for technology after its failings at Villa Park on Wednesday.

The result leaves Man United two points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea, having played a game more, while Tottenham remain eighth.
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