With 4 straight wins within the Premier League, Manchester United is on monitor for a return to the Champions League as the workforce goes from power to power below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In the meantime, the person he changed at Previous Trafford, Jose Mourinho, simply can not get Tottenham going.
Whereas United romped to a 3-Zero victory at Aston Villa on Thursday, Tottenham couldn’t even muster a shot heading in the right direction towards probably the most porous protection for the reason that Premier League restarted final month.
The 0-0 draw at Bournemouth ranked as arguably the worst recreation for the reason that resumption of the English prime flight.
“The efficiency was not adequate,” 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 aim in 10 video games since becoming a member of in January — and teenage striker Mason Greenwood powered house his fourth aim within the final three video games.
Paul Pogba added the third within the second half with his first aim 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 prime 4 may quickly be over. It may not matter.
Fifth place will likely be sufficient to qualify routinely for the Champions League this season until second-place Manchester Metropolis manages to get its two-year European ban overturned within the courts. A choice on Metropolis’s attraction must be introduced subsequent week.
Tottenham, a Champions League finalist final season, can overlook about taking part in in Europe’s elite competitors subsequent season and may not even qualify for the Europa League at this charge.
Mourinho’s workforce is in ninth place, 9 factors behind United, forward of a north London derby towards Arsenal on Sunday.
United ran out a snug winner at Villa Park, however solely after being set on its approach by a controversially awarded penalty.
Fernandes went to floor simply inside the realm regardless that he appeared to tread on the best 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 mistaken approach from the spot within the 27th minute.
It was United’s 13th penalty of the season. No workforce has ever been awarded extra in a single Premier League marketing campaign.
The 18-year-old Greenwood has proven he’s equally adept at taking pictures with his left or proper foot after bursting onto the scene this season. His newest aim was with his proper, with each ft coming off the bottom as he fired house 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 and they mixed for the third aim. Fernandes discovered Pogba free on the fringe of the realm from a nook, and the Frenchman curled house a end past a stationary Reina.
Mourinho lamented the failure of the referee to award a penalty early within the recreation towards Bournemouth for a push within the again on Harry Kane.
Possibly it was a ruse to cover the shortcomings of his workforce as Bournemouth confronted no pictures heading in the right direction in a recreation 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 aim 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 as it went into the online.
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 operating to win the Golden Boot with his 19th aim of the season for Southampton in a 1-1 draw at Everton.
The striker is three objectives 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 recreation between two mid-table groups.