But while Tottenham are a side on the up, whose strengths and style are both obvious and impressive, Manchester United seem lost in a sea of mediocrity. Louis Van Gaal’s baby-steps have devolved into a crawl, and the general sense of bewilderment surrounding the club was summed up when Ashley Young, a winger/fullback, replaced Marcus Rashford as United’s lone-striker against Spurs.
At White Hart Lane, only Anthony Martial on the left wing and Timothy Fosu-Mensah at right back were the bright sparks for Manchester United. Everything in between was a mishmash of underwhelming and uninspiring. Except David De Gea, who once again worked miracles in goal to keep United respectable.
Obviously that’s not good enough. And with Manchester United now on the cusp of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons, it looks likely that the club’s executives will now decide that the same can be said of Louis Van Gaal.
Missing out on the competition is just too costly for a club that should be contending with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on a yearly basis, but have instead now been eclipsed by a side that they used to condescendingly dismiss with an arrogance that has now completely diminished.