Fellaini is hauled off after 7 minutes as Mourinho unimpressed – SIX THINGS WE LEARNED

Tottenham produced a clinical performance to beat Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Christian Eriksen’s opener and Phil Jones’ own goal was enough for Mauricio Pochettino’s side to close the gap on Chelsea.

Here, Flavblist picks out six talking points from Wembley.

Fellaini hauled off after seven minutes

A penny for Marouane Fellaini’s thoughts. On in the 63rd minute…off in the 70th. There wasn’t an injury, it was tactical by Mourinho.

The Belgium international wasn’t happy and made no secret of it; barely acknowledging his manager before storming back down the tunnel. Understandably.

Whatever Mourinho wasn’t happy with; was it worth humiliating his player like that? The embarrassing episode will make Fellaini’s contractual situation even more intriguing. He is yet to sign fresh terms at Old Trafford despite being offered an extension. After last night you wouldn’t bet on him putting pen to paper.

Mourinho deeply unimpressed

Jose Mourinho does smile, apparently. You wouldn’t know it on Wednesday night, the Portuguese clearly unimpressed with his team’s poor opening.

But in an interview with BT Sport aired ahead of the game, the United boss addressed assertions that he is constantly glum-faced, saying: ‘I think I am a funny guy sometimes, maybe with silly jokes or something like that. Press conference – I don’t like it.

Football matches. I am focused on the match, pre-match, after-match interview is still part of the pressure of the game. The Paparazzi that sleep in the door of the Lowery Hotel, they see me in the morning when I’m sleepy, they see me later when I’m going back and I’m tired.’

Where does Lucas Moura fit in?

Mauricio Pochettino will predictably say it’s a ‘good headache to have’, but where does Lucas Moura fit into this Tottenham team? In Heung-min Son’s position? The Korean has been one of the stars of Tottenham’s season.

In place of Christian Eriksen? The Dane is crucial to the team’s creative ambition. Dele Alli? Surely not.

Moura was wearing a scarf when he was introduced onto the Wembley pitch at half-time. He’d better keep the scarf on as he is likely to start his Spurs career on the bench.

Tottenham fans haven’t forgotten Sanchez’s history

Your eyes didn’t need to be on the pitch to know when Alexis Sanchez was on the ball. The boos told you that.

The Chilean may have left arch-rivals Arsenal last week but there’s no love lost from the Spurs faithful towards Sanchez. The jeers were interrupted by cheers, of course, as Tottenham raced into a 2-0 lead.

The South American’s had some memorable moments in north London. Needless to say, he’ll want to erase this one from his memory sharpish.

Kane offside from kick-off

The sooner they build a referee with eyes at the back of his head the better. Replays appear to show that Harry Kane was inside the Manchester United half as the game kicked off.

Eleven seconds later Tottenham were ahead. By the rule book, the goal shouldn’t have stood. But how on earth was Andre Marriner supposed to spot that infringement?

Llorente move will have to wait until the summer

Tottenham resisted any temptation to sell Fernando Llorente this month. Chelsea made a late enquiry as doubt over their move for Oliver Giroud emerged. Whether they’ll have a similar stance in the summer is another question.

Llorente does not provide the level of back up to Harry Kane that Pochettino deems required. Similarly, it is understood Llorente is growing tired of his peripheral role at Spurs. The former Swansea striker moving on this summer may suit both parties.


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