Paul Pogba made a telling contribution off the bench on his first appearance after a long injury layoff as Manchester United battled to an exciting 1-1 draw away at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night.
Steven Bergwijn put Spurs ahead after 27 minutes before Bruno Fernandes netted the leveller from the spot nine minutes from time after Pogba had won the foul.
The outcome could have been different if Pogba had started the game and the VAR officials hadn’t overturned a late penalty decision after Eric Dier had appeared to have given away his second penalty of the night.
Luckily replays showed there was no contact on Fernandes.
Manchester United started the sharper side and could have gone ahead with Marcus Rashford’s effort saved by Hugo Lloris.
However, against the run of play, a routine Lloris clearance somehow found its way to Bergwijn, who was daring enough to have a go at the defence and his fierce effort found the back of the net, although David De Gea should have done better with his attempted save.
Anthony Martial, who had a rather subdued game forced Lloris into arguably the save of the game with a left-footed effort which produced a strong one handed save from his international teammate.
Despite enjoying much of the second-half possession, United lacked the cutting edge, but all of that changed with the introduction of Pogba in place of Fred.
The French midfielder instantly formed an impressive synergy with Fernandes and unsurprisingly won the penalty with some fancy footwork which saw Dier give away a lazy penalty.
The result ensured Jose Mourinho preserved his record of having never lost a Premier League home against Manchester United, who could be further behind Chelsea in the top four race if the Blues snatch maximum points at Aston Villa on Sunday.
In the day’s earlier kickoff, three second-half goals led Southampton to a pretty easy 3-0 away victory at bottom club Norwich City.
Following a barren and somewhat frustrating first-half, the floodgate of goals opened; Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond the goal scorers.
It was an impressive return to action for Ings, who netted his 16th league goal of the campaign to play a huge part in inflicting a result which leaves the Canaries a step further back to the Championship and moves the Saints into 13th on the log.