With 4 straight wins within the Premier League, Manchester United is on observe for a return to the Champions League because the crew goes from power to power beneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In the meantime, the person he changed at Previous Trafford, Jose Mourinho, simply can’t get Tottenham going.
Whereas United romped to a 3-Zero victory at Aston Villa on Thursday, Tottenham couldn’t even muster a shot on track towards essentially the most porous protection for the reason that Premier League restarted final month.
The 0-Zero draw at Bournemouth ranked as arguably the worst sport for the reason that resumption of the English high flight.
“The efficiency was not ok,” Mourinho mentioned.
The distinction to United’s newest thrilling show couldn’t have been starker.
Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes scored once more — a penalty, contentiously awarded, for his seventh purpose in 10 video games since becoming a member of in January — and teenage striker Mason Greenwood powered residence his fourth purpose within the final three video games.
Paul Pogba added the third within the second half together with his first purpose of an injury-affected season.
United stayed in fifth place however moved to inside a degree of fourth-place Leicester, whose lengthy keep within the high 4 may quickly be over. It won’t matter.
Fifth place will likely be sufficient to qualify robotically for the Champions League this season except second-place Manchester Metropolis manages to get its two-year European ban overturned within the courts. A choice on Metropolis’s enchantment ought to be introduced subsequent week.
Tottenham, a Champions League finalist final season, can overlook about enjoying in Europe’s elite competitors subsequent season and won’t even qualify for the Europa League at this fee.
Mourinho’s crew is in ninth place, 9 factors behind United, forward of a north London derby towards Arsenal on Sunday.
United ran out a cushty winner at Villa Park, however solely after being set on its manner by a controversially awarded penalty.
Fernandes went to floor simply inside the realm although he appeared to tread on the fitting ankle of Villa defender Ezri Konsa after spinning on the ball.
After session with VAR, the on-field determination to award a penalty was upheld and Fernandes despatched Pepe Reina the fallacious manner from the spot within the 27th minute.
It was United’s 13th penalty of the season. No crew has ever been awarded extra in a single Premier League marketing campaign.
The 18-year-old Greenwood has proven he’s equally adept at capturing together with his left or proper foot after bursting onto the scene this season. His newest purpose was together with his proper, with each ft coming off the bottom as he fired residence a rising shot from the sting of the realm in first-half stoppage time.
Pogba and Fernandes are beginning to click on for United in central midfield they usually mixed for the third purpose. Fernandes discovered Pogba free on the fringe of the realm from a nook, and the Frenchman curled residence a end previous a stationary Reina.
Mourinho lamented the failure of the referee to award a penalty early within the sport towards Bournemouth for a push within the again on Harry Kane.
Possibly it was a ruse to cover the shortcomings of his crew as Bournemouth confronted no pictures on track in a sport for the primary time since promotion to the Premier League in 2015.
Tottenham was considerably lucky to flee with a degree, with Callum Wilson’s purpose from an overhead kick within the 90th minute getting dominated out after the VAR noticed the ball grazing the arm of fellow ahead Josh King because it went into the web.
Bournemouth stayed within the relegation zone in third-to-last place, however is now three factors from security with 4 video games remaining.
Danny Ings saved himself within the working to win the Golden Boot together with his 19th purpose of the season for Southampton in a 1-1 draw at Everton.
The striker is three targets behind main scorer Jamie Vardy of Leicester.
Ings scored within the 31st minute at Goodison Park, three minutes after James Ward-Prowse missed a penalty for the guests.
Richarlison scored Everton’s equalizer shortly earlier than halftime in a sport between two mid-table groups.