Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Sunday but Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a draw against Newcastle United.
Manchester United rallied to beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 at home on Sunday but Tottenham Hotspur suffered a big setback after drawing 2-2 draw away to Newcastle. Manchester United’s win sees the lead between them and Manchester City in the Premier League reduced to 14 points. A title run seems unlikely for the Red Devils but they are clear of other challengers at second. However, Spurs were left ruing what could have been after surrendering a 2-1 lead in the dying minutes of the game. The result dealt a massive blow to Jose Mourinho’s hopes of leading Tottenham to a top four finish.
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Manchester United made things difficult for themselves again, needing a second half rally after a poor first half performance.
Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck gave Brighton the lead and Lewis Dunk hit the crossbar shortly thereafter.
However, Brighton continued their own recent struggles too as they failed to make their dominant first half performance reflect in the scoreline.
United started the second half well and were rewarded when Marcus Rashford slotted home after being set up by Bruno Fernandes.
Paul Pogba later set up Mason Greenwood, who scored what would turn out to be the winner.
Tottenham have struggled to protect one-goal leads this season. It was the same story all over at again at St. James Park as they led 2-1 with minutes to go.
Joelinton had given the hosts the lead early on. However, a brace from Harry Kane meant Spurs went into the break in front.
Yet a propensity to sit back and defend a one-goal lead came back to haunt them again. Joe Willock, on loan at Newcastle from Arsenal, grabbed a deserved late equaliser.
The dropping of two points led to Mourinho criticising his players in public yet again.
“I’m frustrated. We needed to win the match. We created some instability with so many individual defensive mistakes that we made,” Mourinho said.
Asked why Tottenham have struggled to hold onto leads when his teams have been so solid defensively in the past, Mourinho replied: “Same coach, different players.
“The Premier League is hard and is high-level football, and when in some actions you don’t show that you belong to that high level of football, it’s difficult.”