TACTICAL TALKING POINTS
Change in shape
Pochettino’s switch in formation at half-time may have been slightly forced by the injury to Moussa Sissoko but it nevertheless was key to putting his side on the front foot at the start of the second period.
Erik Lamela came on and Spurs moved from a diamond midfield to a 4-2-3-1. Christian Eriksen began to get on the ball more from a deeper role while Son Heung-min’s pace became more effective from wide.
Even Dele Alli was more involved by playing in behind Harry Kane, getting into the box more often and testing De Gea on a number of occasions.
United’s attacking set-up was intriguing with Lingard played centrally, flanked by Rashford and Martial.
Lingard didn’t have his most impressive game but his role was crucial to United’s press which wasn’t aggressive but focused on cutting off passing lanes.
United also tried to leave at least two men forward for the counter with the pace of Rashford and Martial attacking the spaces on the outside of the two centre-backs vacated by Spurs’ advanced full-backs.
Lingard and Rashford occasionally swapped positions as well, lending plenty of fluidity to the attack.