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    Solskjaer says ‘game has gone’ after disallowed Man Utd goal as raging boss slams Spurs star Son for ‘conning’ referee

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has blasted Son Heung-Min for ‘conning’ the referee during Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.And the Red Devils boss believes ‘the game has gone’ after his side had a goal ruled out by VAR after the incident involving Spurs ace Son and Scott McTominay.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted Son Heung-Min after Man Utd had a goal disallowed against SpursCredit: Sky Sports
    Solskjaer called Son’s actions ’embarrassing’ and says he ‘conned’ the refCredit: Getty
    Edinson Cavani thought he had put United ahead in London on Sunday during a tense first half.
    But the goal was ruled out when referee Chris Kavanagh was instructed to review the build-up to the goal on his touchline monitor.
    Replays showed Son collapsing to the ground after being brushed accidentally in the face by Scott McTominay, as the South Korean made a half-hearted attempt at a challenge.
    Son then stayed down, apparently in pain, as Cavani converted Paul Pogba’s smart pass.
    Five minutes later he gave the visitors even more reason to fume when he put Spurs ahead.
    However, a second-half capitulation from the hosts allowed United to score three for the victory.
    But despite the result, Solskjaer was far from happy with VAR’s decision about the disallowed goal.
    And the Norwegian tactician also took aim at Son for his perceived overreaction to McTominay’s wayward hand.
    Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “The game has gone, absolutely gone. If that’s a clear and obvious error, it’s one he [the ref] had to look at.
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    MARK HALSEY’S VIEWEDINSON CAVANI should not have had a first-half goal disallowed at Tottenham.

    I felt Scott McTominay did not commit a foul on Son Heung-Min in the build-up to Cavani’s strike.
    It was a slight hand-off by the Manchester United midfielder, the sort you see in every football match and nowhere near enough contact to force the Spurs forward to go down in the matter he did.
    The incident wasn’t a clear and obvious error by referee Chris Kavanagh and a subjective decision to allow play to continue.
    It was fine for VAR to check Cavani’s resulting goal but official Craig Pawson at Stockley Park should not have recommended a review.
    VAR have re-refereed the incident because as soon as Kavanagh went to the monitor he was under huge pressure to overturn his original decision.
    Kavanagh should have mentally tough enough to stick with his initial call as he was in an excellent position.
    The PGMOL explanation of this incident was nonsense and showed a major lack of understanding of football. Contact in football is not always a foul.
    If the officials deemed McTominay was a foul then why wasn’t Paul Pogba punished for a worse action on Serge Aurier earlier in the half?
    This is where the inconsistency drives everyone in the game mad and it is no surprise both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said afterwards they don’t understand the decision making anymore.

    “It was a perfectly good goal, we shouldn’t be conned. I have to say, if my son stays down for three minutes and needs ten mates to help him, he won’t get any food because that’s embarrassing.
    “We weren’t conned, the ref was. That kick-started us. [Before] we played like a team who had played in Europe on Thursday.
    “Top reaction, we played great stuff second half. We felt the injustice and showed good character to come back.
    “We can’t let those decisions ruin this good season for us. The goals we scored were excellent.
    “Cavani showed why he’s a No9. Fred even scores, that shows just how good we were.
    “It was an excellent [disallowed] goal. Unfortunately the ref decided we are not playing football or VAR decided. I’m absolutely shocked if that is a foul.”
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    Sheffield Utd vs Arsenal LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, latest – Lacazette on the double to inspire Gunners triumph

    ARSENAL take on Sheffield United in an important Premier League clash this evening at Bramall Lane.
    TV/Live stream: BT Sport 1 / EE Customers can watch for free
    Sheffield Utd XI: Ramsdale, Ampadu, Egan, Stevens, Osborn, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, McGoldrick, Burke
    Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Saka, Ceballos, Dhaka, Partey, Pepe, Lacazette, Martinelli

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    MATCH REPORT
    Relive all the big moments from tonight’s clash from Bramall Lane as our match report is now live.
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    ARTETA REACTS
    The Arsenal manager was delighted with his side tonight.
    He is also optimistic on the Bukayo Saka injury but is not sure what it was.
    I am really happy with the performance and the result and we scored really nice goals. We played at a high level I think. I had the feeling the boys were at it and understood how we had to attack. We had good distances to play with each other we knew how to adapt. Xhaka could play at left-back more as he has a lot of quality.I hope it isn’t bad (Saka injury) as the last thing we need is another forward player being out. He felt discomfort in his thigh but we don’t know yet what it is.Lacazette is playing really well at the moment and tonight was a great performance from him and I’m so pleased he got his goals. It’s the perfect preparation for Thursday, especially with the clean sheet.Mikel Arteta
    ASSIST FROM PARTEY
    It was a great assist from him tonight, should Gunners fans expect more of this from the midfielder?
    Thomas Partey has provided two Premier League assists for Arsenal:🅰️ Aubameyang vs. Newcastle🅰️ Lacazette vs. Sheffield UtdTurns his man, fires it forward, lets the striker do the rest. 🎯 pic.twitter.com/jyeF8xKr2Z— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 11, 2021

    LACA REVIEW
    The Gunners skipper gives his reaction after his side’s 3-0 win.
    It was important to win after the last few results when we were sad about the result. It’s always good for a striker to score. I had a bad miss on Thursday so it was good to get the confidence back. We want to play and score and it was good tonight. We know we have the quality and when everyone is focussed we can do well.Alexandre LacazetteBT Sport
    WIN AT THE LANE!
    The curse has been smashed tonight
    Arsenal have beaten Sheffield United away from home in the Premier League for the first time in the competition’s history.The Bramall Lane curse is lifted. 👻 pic.twitter.com/IigLURoXZK— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 11, 2021

    HOW IT STANDS
    Another busy weekend of Premier League football comes to an end.
    Arsenal move into the top half with that win and now sit just four points behind rivals Spurs who are 7th.
    Sheffield United remain on 14 points after 31 games played.

    FT: SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    An Alexandre Lacazette double and a Gabriel Martinelli goal in between is enough for the Gunners.
    Their first clean sheet in 15 games too!
    Just the warm-up they need ahead of a big one on Thursday night.
    The only concern is that injury to Saka who is able to walk onto the park to shake hands at the end.

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
    All over at Bramall Lane: SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    90+2′ Ampadu is shown a YELLOW CARD for a tackle on halfway as Arsenal play out the final stages.
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    FOUR MINUTES ADDED
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    Va Va Vroom, you might say! 50 in the league for Lacazette at Arsenal.
    50 – Alexandre Lacazette is the sixth Frenchman to score 50 Premier League goals for a single club, with four of the six doing so for @Arsenal (also Thierry Henry, Olivier Giroud and Robert Pires). Outpost. pic.twitter.com/tp5N7WdbcJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 11, 2021

    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    89′ Almost number four as Pepe rushes through on the right and bears down on goal.
    He unselfishly looks for Nketiah inside him but Stevens cuts it out. It was probably easier going for goal himself
    Lacazette makes it three
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    The matchwinner is given a rest by boss Mikel Arteta.

    OFF – Lacazette
    ON – Nketiah

    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    88′ Chance for Mousset after a cut-back down the left.
    He has a lot of time but finishes like a player with no confidence. Though if he is fifth choice striker behind the guys in front then no wonder!
    He skews it well, well wide with a strike from inside the box.
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-3 ARSENAL
    85′ That seals it!
    Partey with a fabulous ball from halfway in behind Ampadu who was caught out by Lacazette’s dummy run.
    The Frenchman is clean through and gives Ramsdale the eyes from the edge of the area before closing his foot on it and whipping it into the bottom corner.
    Clinical from the skipper of the evening!
    Alexandre Lacazette

    50 GOALS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE FOR ARSENAL FOR ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE!
    GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    He has just left the park but this was Martinelli’s goal that took Arsenal into a comfortable lead.
    Gabriel Martinelli doubles Arsenal’s lead 🙌The simplest of finishes for the Brazilian after Pepe’s saved shot fell to him! pic.twitter.com/R8glchBKbU— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2021

    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    82′ And McBurnie’s recovery didn’t last long as the substitute is substituted.
    Sheff Utd change:

    OFF – McBurnie
    ON – Mousset

    Arsenal change:

    OFF – Martinelli
    ON – Elneny

    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    80′ McBurnie re-enters the game.
    Pepe slides a clever through ball for Martinelli in behind but there’s just too much on it and a sliding Brazillian can’t slide in to make contact.
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    79′ Osborn with a clever flick over the top for Baldock who does well to lift it into the box towards McBurnie.
    He got a kick in the build-up and couldn’t move too quickly to get on the end of that and the move breaks down.
    Mari is shown a YELLOW CARD for the earlier tackle on McBurnie who is down and requires treatment.
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    78′ McBurnie does well in midfield to skip by a couple of challenges in the middle of the park and squeeze the ball to Brewster.
    Brewster – without a goal for Sheffield United this season – opts to have a go from 30 yards which hits Holding.
    Martinelli taps home for Arsenal
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    75′ Good play from Lacazette again as he fools Ampadu and is brought down on the edge of the box.
    It is half a yard outside the area on the left of the area – nearly a penalty.
    VAR with a quick check and it’s a relief they get one right.
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    74′ Lacazette almost has a tap-in but for good defeding from Egan.
    A ball in from deep almost finds the Frenchman himself on the penalty spot.
    SHEFFIELD UTD 0-2 ARSENAL
    72′ A shocking square-ball in his own defensive third by Lundstram and he finds Pepe.
    He drives towards the box and rolls a shot towards the far corner which Ramsdale parries out so poorly.
    Martinelli follows it in and has a simple task to tap it into the empty net from three yards!

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    Arsenal verdict: Arteta’s Xhaka gamble pays off as brilliant Saka puts Sheff Utd to the sword in No10 role

    MIKEL ARTETA’S bizarre defensive experiment paid off – but then again Arsenal were only playing rock bottom Sheffield United.Online Arsenal fans, for whom outrage seems to be a constant state of mind, were upset when news filtered about the identity of the mystery left-back for this key Premier League fixture.
    Arteta played Xhaka at left-back against Sheffield UnitedCredit: EPA
    With Kieran Tierney absent with a knee ligament injury, Arteta decided to rotate his starting XI three days after the Slavia Prague clash and left Cedric Soares on the subs bench.
    It was initially thought that Bukayo Saka would be the surprise replacement on the left-hand side of defence.
    And though it was not a completely unfamiliar position for Granit Xhaka, the Swiss midfielder was still asked to fulfill unusual duties at Bramall Lane.
    It was a formation described at half-time by respected ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown as “strange”.
    A formation perhaps reminiscent of when Manchester City boss Pepe Guardiola drops a selection bombshell by playing centre-back Aymeric Laporte at left-back.
    Yet if is a team to try an experimental line-up against, especially as Arteta is juggling Premier League and Europa League objectives, then Sheffield United are the right fit.
    The Blades, managerless since the departure of Chris Wilder last month, are the Prem’s lowest scorers this campaign.
    And despite facing a player out of position, who perhaps could have been easily exploited, who is not exactly blessed with pace, Sheffield United lacked the nous or the capabilities to cause an upset.
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    Saka starred for Arsenal but was then taken off injuredCredit: EPA
    For instance they hardly attempted to pressurise Xhaka even though it was a clear weakness for the Gunners.
    Whatever you think of him, Xhaka is clearly mentally strong – to be booed off by home fans, to have the captaincy stripped off him, to be shuffled around the line-up.
    And yet he has not complained and remains with the club. Fair to say lesser players would have complained or not put in the required shift.
    Overall, the gamble paid off particularly as Saka was used in the No10 role instead and was a constant threat, notably providing a deft pass in the beautiful opening goal scored by Alexandre Lacazette on 33 minutes.
    Had Arsene Wenger been watching at home, the retired Frenchman would have surely raised a glass or two in salute at a goal straight out of his coaching manual.
    It was to be a disappointing end to the evening for Saka as he limped off in the 69th minute with a leg injury and had ice strapped to his thigh just as Gabriel Martinelli added the second goal.
    Elsewhere, special mention should be given to Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, who had three party-trick flicks in the first half, the final one leading to that Lacazette opener.
    He might not always be so popular with the Arsenal fanbase but when he plays like this, he’s a joy to watch.
    The trick now is to do it consistently and against the bigger boys. Not just against the likes of these doomed Yorkshiremen.
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    Arsenal ratings: Dani Ceballos shines for Gunners but Nicolas Pepe struggles to make real impact in Sheffield United win

    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE scored twice as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United.The 29-year-old finished off a delightful Gunners move in the 33rd minute, tucking the ball away coolly after Bukayo Saka’s pass was flicked on wonderfully by the superb Dani Ceballos.
    Lacazette opened the scoring by finishing off a fine Arsenal moveCredit: Reuters
    It was the Frenchman’s 49th and 50th Premier League goals of his careerCredit: Reuters
    Martinelli made sure of the points in the second halfCredit: Getty
    Gabriel Martinelli then doubled the Gunners lead midway through the second half, pouncing on a rebound after Nicolas Pepe’s shot was parried away by Aaron Ramsdale.
    And Lacazette doubled his tally for the afternoon four minutes from time, sweeping home for his 50th Premier League goal.
    Victory sees Arsenal move up to ninth in the Premier League and gives them a boost ahead of their crucial Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
    Here’s what SunSport’s Dylan Terry thought of Arsenal’s individual performances.
    Bernd Leno – 6
    Had basically nothing to do all game, could have been a spectator for much of it.
    His biggest contributions came at set-pieces where he commanded his area well to punch the ball away.
    Leno was only called upon a couple of times in the whole game and did not have to make any major savesCredit: Ian Hodgson – Daily Mail
    Calum Chambers – 6
    Clearly identified by Mikel Arteta as a defensively resolute full-back.
    Looked solid enough and offered an option going forward too, although with very little end product.
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    Rob Holding – 6
    Susceptible to playing hopeless long balls forward in the general direction of Lacazette – a frustrating habit to watch over and over again.
    Did not really put a foot wrong in defence and was largely untroubled by any of Sheffield United’s attackers.
    Pablo Mari – 7
    Swept up behind Holding in the first half, showing a real talent for making the right decision while under pressure.
    Probably Arsenal’s standout defender in a game where it was difficult for any of the Gunners back line to truly shine.
    Mari looked strong and composed in what was a routine display from the Arsenal defenceCredit: EPA
    Granit Xhaka – 6
    Clearly not a natural left-back but did enough to keep Sheffield United quiet for most of the match.
    Lazily allowed McGoldrick a sight of goal early on after failing to track his run into the box.
    His lack of pace and positional awareness could prove costly against better teams.
    Bukayo Saka – 7
    His pace is absolutely unplayable at times and his footballing brain is just as excellent.
    Saka taunted the Sheffield United defence early on with some jinking runs and darts in behind from the No10 role.
    He then linked up superbly with Ceballos for Arsenal’s opener as his push for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ramped up even more.
    But he did go off holding his thigh in the second half, something which will worry Gunners fans greatly ahead of the Slavia Prague game in midweek.
    Saka went off injured with what appeared to be a thigh problemCredit: EPA
    Thomas Partey – 6
    Really gives Ceballos and Saka the opportunity to motor forward and join the attacks.
    You rarely feel like he is doing anything, but watch closely and you will see he is often the key man in turning the ball over for Arsenal.
    Keeps things ticking over and is an essential part of how Arteta wants to play.
    Nicolas Pepe – 5
    Was probably the one Gunners forward who offered next to nothing in the opening 45 minutes.
    Only real impact came when his shot was saved in the lead up to Martinelli’s goal.
    Promises a lot with his pace and ability to face up to a defender one-on-one, but continually his end product is lacking.
    Also could have scored in injury time but tried to pass instead of simply sliding the ball into the corner.
    Pepe struggled all evening to make any real inroads into the gameCredit: Reuters
    Dani Ceballos – 8
    At the centre of a lot of Arsenal’s good work in the first half, most notably with a wonderfully audacious flick to set up Lacazette’s opener.
    Also played a delightful ball over the top for Chambers who could not make the most of it.
    Looks undoubtedly the most cultured midfielder at Arteta’s disposal, along with the unused duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.
    Ceballos was instrumental in everything Arsenal produced at Bramall LaneCredit: AP
    Gabriel Martinelli – 7
    Wasted a lovely move from Arsenal in the first half by drilling his shot into the side netting.
    But, for an injury-prone player, he rode a second half knock, stayed on the pitch and finished off a lovely move to get his first goal of the season.
    Alexandre Lacazette – 8
    Often gave up his own chance of scoring by dropping deep early on, before dispatching his one first half opening with aplomb.
    Missed a good chance ten minutes after the break, failing to keep his head over the ball when it was played to him on the edge of the area.
    But another supreme finish in front of goal four minutes from time made it two for the Frenchman – a top night’s work.
    Lacazette is now half way to 100 Premier League goalsCredit: Getty
    Subs
    WILLIAN (FOR SAKA 69) – 6
    Did not really have much time to make a significant impact on the game.
    Would have like to have seen a bit more from him given his poor campaign up to this point.
    MOHAMED ELNENY (FOR MARTINELLI 84)
    Only touched the ball a handful of times after coming on.
    EDDIE NKETIAH (FOR LACAZETTE 89) – N/A
    Literally came on for a run around at the end and to give Lacazette a couple of minutes rest after a superb display.
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    Jose Mourinho lashes out at VAR after Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at home to Man Utd and admits top-four hopes are fading

    JOSE MOURINHO lashed out at VAR after Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.And the Special One also conceded: Our top four hopes are fading fast.
    Jose Mourinho was not happy with VAR as Spurs’ top four hopes took a hit with defeat to Man UtdCredit: PA
    Spurs came into Sunday’s crunch clash having seen fellow Champions League hopefuls West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool all pick up crucial wins this weekend.
    Things were looking great for the Londoners when Son Heung-Min fired the home side ahead.
    But a second-half capitulation saw the Red Devils score three to seal victory in the capital.
    And Spurs are now six points behind fourth-place West Ham with just seven games to play.
    Some feel Tottenham were also fortunate to get away with having a United goal in the first half disallowed by VAR.
    Scott McTominay was judged to have raised his hand into Son’s face in the build-up for an Edinson Cavani goal.
    VAR controversially ruled the strike out moments before Son then put Spurs ahead.
    But despite appearing to benefit from the video system, Mourinho lashed out at it for, in his eyes, failing to spot an apparent elbow by Paul Pogba on Serge Aurier.
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    Man Utd had a goal disallowed after Scott McTominay put his hand in Son Heung Min’s faceMARK HALSEY’S VIEWEDINSON CAVANI should not have had a first-half goal disallowed at Tottenham.

    I felt Scott McTominay did not commit a foul on Son Heung-Min in the build-up to Cavani’s strike.
    It was a slight hand-off by the Manchester United midfielder, the sort you see in every football match and nowhere near enough contact to force the Spurs forward to go down in the matter he did.
    The incident wasn’t a clear and obvious error by referee Chris Kavanagh and a subjective decision to allow play to continue.
    It was fine for VAR to check Cavani’s resulting goal but official Craig Pawson at Stockley Park should not have recommended a review.
    VAR have re-refereed the incident because as soon as Kavanagh went to the monitor he was under huge pressure to overturn his original decision.
    Kavanagh should have mentally tough enough to stick with his initial call as he was in an excellent position.
    The PGMOL explanation of this incident was nonsense and showed a major lack of understanding of football. Contact in football is not always a foul.
    If the officials deemed McTominay was a foul then why wasn’t Paul Pogba punished for a worse action on Serge Aurier earlier in the half?
    This is where the inconsistency drives everyone in the game mad and it is no surprise both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said afterwards they don’t understand the decision making anymore.

    And as a result of losing their tenth Premier League match this season, Mourinho also feels a top four finish may now be out of reach for his struggling Spurs side.
    The Portuguese tactician told Sky Sports after the final whistle: “My opinion it was a good game but we didn’t deserve this result at all.
    “We were unlucky because maybe Pogba should get a red card for an elbow on Serge Aurier.
    “I don’t know anything anymore [about VAR]. I watched Fulham vs Wolves, I don’t understand anything anymore.
    🔴 “I don’t understand anything anymore!”🔴 “Maybe Pogba should get a red card for an elbow.”🗣️🍿 Jose Mourinho gives his opinion on VAR after Spurs lose to Man Utd.📺 #TOTMUN reaction now on Sky Sports PL pic.twitter.com/4DIgOtmBDO— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2021

    “Sometimes you get, sometimes you don’t get, I don’t know how to comment. You don’t celebrate a goal because you are afraid.
    “It is difficult for everybody. For us, the players, the referees.
    “Lots of contradictions and decision you don’t understand very well. That’s not my problem, I cannot fix this.
    “[Top four?] You look to the table and see the distance to them.
    “You know it’s difficult but it is mathematically possible.”
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    Man Utd verdict: Luke Shaw makes Jose Mourinho eat his words as resurgent star shines again in victory over Tottenham

    IT is a wonder Luke Shaw managed to play so well, given Jose Mourinho was on the opposite touchline for the first 45 minutes.It was, of course, no shock to regular Manchester United watchers that the left-back produced another assured display in the 3-1 win over Tottenham.
    Shaw was one of Man Utd’s standout performers against SpursCredit: Getty
    He has been the Red Devils’ most consistent and best player for weeks now.
    The only surprise was Tottenham boss Mourinho did not try to claim the credit for the defender’s latest super show – just like he did when he was in charge at Old Trafford.
    Shaw reminded the Special One that not every player responds to being hung out to dry in public.
    Mourinho slated the former Southampton starlet as much as anybody during his United tenure – even though he had endured much-publicised problems with confidence and injuries, and was just about old enough to have the key of the door.
    Managers have every right to criticise their players when they are not playing well.
    But at times Shaw was slammed by his former manager even when he was producing the goods.
    In 2017 Mourinho took credit for Shaw’s decent display in a draw with Everton by claiming: “He had a good performance but it was his body with my brain. I had to make decisions for him.”
    This suggested Shaw could not operate without a coach telling him what to do from the touchline. Damming for any pro.
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    Mourinho later publicly questioned Shaw’s personality after subbing him at half-time of an FA Cup tie against Brighton.
    Many believed Shaw would not recover, but he showed against Spurs he has.
    The confidence sucked out of him by Mourinho has been pumped back into him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and was there for all to see.
    Mourinho must have thought Shaw was the weak link as he instructed Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura to double up on him.
    And it nearly worked as Shaw’s poor positioning let in Moura whose cross was on course to present Harry Kane with an easy opener before Victor Lindelof nipped in to nod behind.
    It was Shaw’s only error in the entire contest in which he again demonstrated why he is back in the England squad after two-and-a-half years.
    His rejuvenation is down to himself and his current gaffer. Do not be fooled by any talk from Mourinho of tough love.
    The way Shaw is playing now is not because of the Portuguese, it is in spite of him.
    But he is not the only Three Lions hopeful to have been welcomed back into the United fold by Solskjaer.
    Yesterday was D-Day in the battle for the goalkeeper’s slot – with the D standing for Dean as Ole opted to recall Henderson after David de Gea had played in Thursday’s Europa League win in Granada.
    Shaw showed his ability in both defensive and attacking areas on SundayCredit: Getty
    It was the Spaniard’s first start since February after he hot-footed it back to his homeland for the birth of his first child last month.
    On his return he found himself on the bench for a few matches as Solskjaer kept faith with Hendo, who in the seven matches he had deputised in his rival’s absence, registered four clean sheets and tasted defeat just once.
    Speculation on the pair’s future has been rife, with both stoppers making it abundantly clear they are not prepared to settle for second choice next term.
    It is believed the Old Trafford hierarchy were not particularly enamoured by De Gea’s decision to take an impromptu international paternity leave at such a crucial stage of the season.
    And with Henderson having proved he is up to the job, it could be the perfect opportunity to get their expensive No1 – who earns three times more than his understudy – off the wage bill.
    But following De Gea’s return on Thursday all eyes were on Solskjaer to see which keeper he would select here.
    Well, having made his choice here it now looks certain Henderson will be United’s top goalkeeper next term.
    And he will be delighted to have someone like Shaw playing in front of him.
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    Tottenham 1 Man Utd 3: Cavani inspires comeback as Red Devils avenge early-season thumping to KO Spurs’ top-four dreams

    JUSTICE for Edinson Cavani, revenge for Manchester United and a near-fatal blow to Tottenham’s hope of Champions League qualification. United had been seething with rage ever since a Cavani ‘opener’ had been ruled out because of a supposed foul by Scott McTominay on a theatrical Son Heung-Min.
    Edinson Cavani inspired Man Utd’s latest comeback win as they beat Spurs 3-1Credit: Getty
    The veteran striker scored a fine diving header to avenge his first-half effort which was ruled out by VARCredit: Reuters
    Their rage was only worsened when Son stroked Spurs into the lead soon after – but a second-half fight-back earned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men a fourth straight Premier League win.
    Fred equalised and Cavani netted with a diving header from a gorgeous Mason Greenwood cross as United avenged their 6-1 defeat by Spurs back in October.  
    Not even the most optimistic United fan will imagine a late collapse from runaway leaders Manchester City – but Solskjaer’s team are delaying the coronation of their rivals with some strong late-season form. 
    This match was far more important for Spurs – who are now adrift in seventh on a weekend when their top-four rivals West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool all won. 
    Spurs lacked ambition and tossed away yet more points from a winning position – which has been the story of their frustrating season.
    In truth, though, there was not enough ambition or quality about Jose Mourinho’s side. 
    The Son-McTominay incident had hardly been out of character in a first half which was low on tempo, low on quality and high rolling around and screaming.
    Mourinho was fuming early on when Serge Aurier went in heavily on Paul Pogba, who appeared to respond with an elbow. 
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    MARK HALSEY’S VIEWEDINSON CAVANI should not have had a first-half goal disallowed at Tottenham.
    I felt Scott McTominay did not commit a foul on Son Heung-Min in the build-up to Cavani’s strike.
    It was a slight hand-off by the Manchester United midfielder, the sort you see in every football match and nowhere near enough contact to force the Spurs forward to go down in the matter he did.
    The incident wasn’t a clear and obvious error by referee Chris Kavanagh and a subjective decision to allow play to continue.
    It was fine for VAR to check Cavani’s resulting goal but official Craig Pawson at Stockley Park should not have recommended a review.
    VAR have re-refereed the incident because as soon as Kavanagh went to the monitor he was under huge pressure to overturn his original decision.
    Kavanagh should have mentally tough enough to stick with his initial call as he was in an excellent position.
    The PGMOL explanation of this incident was nonsense and showed a major lack of understanding of football. Contact in football is not always a foul.
    If the officials deemed McTominay was a foul then why wasn’t Paul Pogba punished for a worse action on Serge Aurier earlier in the half?
    This is where the inconsistency drives everyone in the game mad and it is no surprise both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said afterwards they don’t understand the decision making anymore.

    United dealt Spurs’ top four hopes a huge blow with victory in LondonCredit: PA
    Cavani was the man of the moment before Mason Greenwood consolidated United’s leadCredit: Getty

    Then Tanguy Ndombele almost out-did Arsenal’s Alex Lacazette – the undisputed king of the over-scream – as he reacted at high volume to get Scott McTominay booked for an innocuous challenge. 
    Marcus Rashford then joined the theatrics after a challenge from Gio Lo Celso.
    United staged one decent attack before their disallowed goal – a lofted pass from Bruno Fernandes, a Pogba knock-down, a Cavani pass and Marcus Rashford’s shot deflected wide. 
    Then that fateful flick of the fingers from McTominay after Son had tried to drag him back.
    Cavani’s first-half opener was disallowed due to a foul by Scott McTominay on Son Heung-MinCredit: Sky Sports
    Son was left in a heap on the floor and United’s goal was ruled out after the ref checked the pitchside monitorCredit: PA
    What followed was excellent from United, but ultimately irrelevant – Fred feeding Pogba who showed happy feet before rolling a pass to Cavani, who found the net. 
    VAR Craig Pawson, a sensitive old soul, felt Son had been fouled. Nobody who has ever played football can honestly have felt the same. 
    It was at least the third time this weekend we’d all imagined we’d just seen the worst VAR decision of the season. But it’s progress, innit? 
    It was inevitable that Son would score.
    Son then turned the game on its head by putting Spurs in front moments laterCredit: Reuters
    It was inevitable the South Korean would score soon after the controversial VAR decisionCredit: Getty
    The brave soldier had received almost five minute of treatment for that scrape of the fingernail but he showed no ill-effects as he tapped home Lucas Moura’s squared pass after a neat move from Spurs. 
    Cavani was booked for a spot of afters on Joe Rodon as United, quite understandably, lost their heads. 
    United, bristling from their injustice, began the second half at full pelt – McTominay having a shot saved before Fred evened things up. 
    The Brazilian midfielder had released Cavani for a shot which was pushed out by Hugo Lloris, then he reacted quickest to poke home.
    Fred restored parity for United in the second halfCredit: Getty
    The Brazilian’s equaliser instilled United with fresh heart and driveCredit: Reuters
    Son almost restored Tottenham’s lead with a shot saved by Dean Henderson’s feet. 
    A Fernandes drive forced the save of the match from Lloris and Pogba then tripped himself up attempting a back-heeled finish, in a move which would have made Mourinho smirk. 
    Kane, who had been quiet by his standards, then began to make an impression. 
    First he toasted Maguire to earn his England team-mate a booking, then he twisted past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and produced a shot which forced Henderson to get busy with his feet again. 
    Cavani’s excellent header sealed the turnaround for UnitedCredit: PA
    Cavani looks set to leave United this summer but will always remember his goal against SpursCredit: Getty
    So Spurs had been having their moments before United conjured their peachy winner – Fernandes nutmegging Sergio Reguilon with a pass to Mason Greenwood who delivered a gorgeous curving cross which Cavani met with a diving header.   
    Cavani headed against his own post while defending a corner but that was the closest Spurs came to an equaliser.
    And Greenwood rammed home a third deep in injury-time, collecting Pogba’s pass and beating Lloris at his near post.
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    Greenwood then joined in the action to make sure of the winCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
    United will have been delighted to avenge their 6-1 defeat to Spurs earlier this seasonCredit: Getty
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    Man Utd player ratings: Edinson Cavani shows his class once again but Bruno Fernandes has a shocker in Spurs win

    MANCHESTER UNITED came from behind once again to beat Spurs 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a fiercely contested Premier League clash.The Red Devils looked to have taken the lead in the first half when Paul Pogba slipped Edinson Cavani through and the Uruguayan dispatched the chance ruthlessly through the legs of Hugo Lloris.
    Son opened the scoring for Spurs in the first halfCredit: AP
    Man Utd lost their composure in the first half after Cavani’s goal was disallowedCredit: Reuters
    Cavani completed a second half turnaround with a brilliantly taken headerCredit: Getty
    But the goal was subsequently ruled out when Scott McTominay was controversially judged to have fouled Son Heung-min in the build-up, flicking the Tottenham forward in the face.
    Picking himself up off the floor, Son then broke the deadlock before the break.
    Fred levelled or United after the break before the sensational Cavani finally got his goal, with sub Mason Greenwood putting the seal on it at the death.
    And here’s what SunSport’s Dylan Terry thought of United’s individual performances.
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    DEAN HENDERSON – 6/10
    Had to keep his concentration throughout the game as there was very little to do in the first half.
    Could do nothing about the goal but proceeded to save well with his legs from Son and Kane in the second period.
    Did enough to keep David de Gea out of the team.
    AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 6
    A rare below-par defensive display as he really did not get to grips with Son and Reguilon on the Spurs left, although was not helped out by Pogba or Rashford in the first 45.
    Got involved going forward in the second half and made a positive impact in United’s comeback.
    HARRY MAGUIRE – 6
    Was drawn in a couple of times by Harry Kane as he allowed Spurs to re-group from their defensive block by craftily winning free-kicks.
    Went into the referee’s book 20 minutes from time for a reckless foul on Kane, but all in all marshalled his defence well.
    VICTOR LINDELOF – 7
    Cut out Kane a couple of times with great positional play early on in the game.
    Then got his legs in a complete tangle for the Spurs goal as he failed to intercept Kane’s pass to Lucas.
    LUKE SHAW – 7
    Unlike his fellow full-back Wan-Bissaka, Shaw quickly got to grips with his defensive duties on the left-hand side.
    Lucas Moura and Serge Aurier had very little joy down that flank as Spurs turned their attention to attacking down the Manchester United right.
    Added to the argument that he should start for England in the summer.
    Only blotch on his record in the game was a booking midway through the second half which he received for a professional foul on Lucas.
    Shaw was Manchester United’s best player in the first halfCredit: AFP
    SCOTT McTOMINAY – 6
    Was forced to walk a tightrope after picking up a yellow card after just 18 minutes for chopping down Tanguy Ndombele.
    Struggled to pick up the runs Kane and Giovani Lo Celso made in between the lines and gave the ball away regularly when he did retrieve it.
    But he does appear to be developing a decent understanding with Fred, venturing into a more attacking area in the second half and stinging the fingertips of Hugo Lloris with a vicious effort.
    FRED – 7
    Was solid in defensive midfield, making fewer errors than McTominay alongside him.
    Scored the goal to bring Man Utd back into the game with a tidy finish.
    Also crucially allows the United attacking players to get forward by becoming Solskjaer’s trusted handbrake in front of the back four.
    Booked for a naughty challenge on Aurier.
    Fred got Man Utd back in the game with a second half equaliserCredit: AFP
    BRUNO FERNANDES – 5
    Was one of the worst players on the pitch in the first half – you could have been forgiven for not realising he was on the pitch.
    His frustration boiled over just before the break when he took a swipe at Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg and was lucky to avoid a caution.
    Fernandes’ only moment came in the second half when he was denied by Lloris, but he did have options either side of him which may have been clearer sights of goal.
    Fernandes had a really poor performance for Man Utd and was substituted late onCredit: AFP
    PAUL POGBA – 6
    Looked lethargic in the early stages of the game as he was snuffed out a when caught dithering on the ball.
    Swapped wings with Rashford after a quiet first 25 minutes and made an instant impact to set up Cavani, only for the goal to be ruled out.
    Showed flashes of class in the second half, growing into the game particularly when coming off the right-hand side but missed a guilt-edge chance as he tried a fancy flick.
    MARCUS RASHFORD – 6
    No major contributions in the match but did make runs which drew defenders away from Cavani and Pogba.
    Looked gun shy when he went through in the second half, failing to pull the trigger in front of goal.
    EDINSON CAVANI – 8
    Was given very, very little to feed off in the first half an hour as those behind him failed to link the play.
    The first time he was given a sniff of goal he dispatched the chance with supreme class, only for it to be controversially ruled out.
    Got booked for a challenge on Joe Rodon as tempers flared, but took his winner sensationally with a textbook diving header.
    Cavani took his winner with superb accuracyCredit: Getty
    Subs
    MASON GREENWOOD (FOR RASHFORD 72) – 7
    Nearly made an instant impact, cutting in from the left and firing in a shot just wide.
    Then brilliantly set up the second for Cavani with a superb in-swinging cross from the right-hand side.
    And finished off a great cameo with a third for United in added time.
    Greenwood came off the bench to net Man Utd’s third goal of the afternoonCredit: Getty
    NEMANJA MATIC (FOR FERNANDES 90)
    Did not have enough time to make any sort of impact.
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