Forget Son & Kane: Spurs beast who made 100 passes was Mourinho’s match-winning mauler – opinion

Forget Son & Kane: Spurs beast who made 100 passes was Mourinho’s match-winning mauler – opinion

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho enjoyed a triumphant return to Old Trafford as his Spurs side humiliated Manchester United with six of the best.

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son bagged two each, Tanguy Ndombele got one and even Serge Aurier found his name on the scoresheet.

It was the Red Devils’ heaviest defeat since the infamous 6-1 thrashing by local rivals Man City.

The home side were completely outplayed and the fact that they had gone down to ten men wouldn’t have mattered as it started long before then.

62% possession, 22 shots, five big chances. It was literally all Spurs.

Kane and Son combined to wreak havoc once again but it was an unsung hero that proved instrumental to the great mauling of Manchester.

Recording over 116 touches and a passing success rate of 94%, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s presence in central midfield was not just crucial to Spurs’ domination but also an underrated cog to how Mourinho’s system operated at Old Trafford.

Per SofaScore, the 25-year-old also recorded an assist, finding Aurier with a sublime ball into the box, as well as notching two key passes, three tackles, two interceptions and one clearance.

The Danish orchestrator was everywhere, absolutely rendering Bruno Fernandes void, so much so the superstar had to be withdrawn at half-time. He also did his job up against Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic with neither player managing above a 6.2 rating.

To get a 94% passing accuracy from 100 passes is simply phenomenal.

Everything came through the summer arrival, spraying the ball out wide to Son (nine accurate long balls) or feeding Kane as he dropped deep to collect the ball.

All for £15m too. That’s something that Daniel Levy should be lauded from the hilltops for. A leader with tons of Premier League experience for a fraction of what they paid for Tanguy Ndombele.

Spurs had been crying out for a warrior like this in the heart of midfield. Hojbjerg was impressive shades of Mousa Dembele and our Man of the Match.

AND in other news, Spurs could land Mourinho’s new John Terry in 22 y/o colossus… 

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