Manchester United started their Premier League campaign with a win as they beat Tottenham by a solitary goal. It was by far a typical Manchester United performance or even a Premier League game for that matter as both the sides never really showed signs of fluid football. There were odd moments when Tottenham looked like asserting their dominance in the first half, but United’s goal against the run of play pretty much broke their momentum.
We take a look at three talking points from the game.
Manchester United need a better keeper to compete for trophies
Perhaps the biggest talking point ahead of the game was whether or not De Gea will stay at the club as Van Gaal had revealed earlier that the Spaniard wasn’t in the right frame of mind to start the game. Sergio Romero started the game and put in a decent performance. Although he was rarely tested with a barrage of shots, he was examined by the pressing that the Tottenham front line did pretty well. More often than not in the 1st half, Romero made risky clearances. He wasn’t really tested from set pieces as Spurs had very few.
The second half was much better as the Argentine international just cleared the ball without causing too much fuss. His distribution isn’t the best, and we saw that today. Is Romero really a first choice keeper for a club hoping to win silverware? Not really. The fact that he has rarely played games at club level in the last couple of seasons will be the biggest hindrance. There is no doubt that United need a new keeper if De Gea does move in the window.
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