Keith Satuku for Off the Post:
Spurs struggled to keep the ball in the first-half so United enjoyed a lot of possession. Van Gaal’s side also created good chances from long balls played in behind Spurs’ high defensive line as Van Persie and Falcao managed to get on the end of those balls but failed to convert any of the resulting chances.
After United failed to capitalise on their chances and early dominance, Spurs grew into the game and started to retain the ball better in the second-half.
United should have been out of sight at half-time. They were utterly dominant and, strangely enough—with Van Persie in form, Falcao on his first goal recently, and Rooney fantastic in the last game—couldn’t score.
At the end they seemed a spent force, probably due to the festive fixtures, and had to defend hard and deep.