Spurs triumph over Ratcliffe’s inaugural visit as Man Utd co-owner

Posted on :

Spurs spoiled Jim Ratcliffe’s first visit to Old Trafford as Manchester United co-owner, as they twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw. Ratcliffe, who recently acquired a 25 percent stake in the club for $1.3 billion, was in attendance for the first time since the deal. United took the lead with goals from Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford, but Richarlison equalized for Spurs. Rodrigo Bentancur then scored early in the second half to level the scores once again. The draw leaves Tottenham level with Arsenal but outside the top four on goal difference, while United move up to seventh.

Ratcliffe had expressed his excitement about investing in his boyhood club before the match, but he got a taste of the ups and downs of owning a football club. He was seated alongside former United manager Alex Ferguson in the directors’ box. United’s opponents, Erik ten Hag’s men, were desperate for the three points in their bid to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Hojlund, who took 15 games to score his first Premier League goal, now has two in two appearances since his move from Atalanta. He opened the scoring for United just three minutes into the game. Tottenham were missing captain Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski due to the Asian Cup and illness, respectively. New loan signing Timo Werner was thrown into the starting line-up as a result.

Both teams had chances to win the game. Richarlison came close with a curled effort, while Scott McTominay missed a great opportunity to secure all three points for United with a header in the dying moments of the game. In the end, Spurs will be happier with the draw as they maintain an eight-point lead over United.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *