‘We felt fit, we felt stronger’: Luke Shaw and Manchester United players thought Tottenham were ‘struggling’ to keep up towards the end of their clash as they secured a late draw
- Luke Shaw believes Tottenham were struggling during their 1-1 draw on Friday
- Steven Bergwijn gave the hosts the advantage before Bruno Fernandes levelled
- This was Manchester United and Spurs’ first match since the coronavirus break
- The Red Devils nearly had a chance to win the game but VAR denied a penalty
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Luke Shaw has admitted he felt Tottenham were struggling during the latter stages of their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Friday evening.
Steven Bergwijn gave the hosts the lead before Bruno Fernandes equalised from the penalty spot with nine minutes to play.
United defender Shaw has revealed that he and his team-mates thought Spurs were battling fatigue in their first match back since the Premier League was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Luke Shaw felt Tottenham were struggling during their 1-1 draw with Manchester United
United defender Shaw revealed he and his team-mates thought Spurs were battling fatigue
‘We never give up and we kept going,’ he told Manchester United’s official website.
‘We felt fit, we felt stronger than them and we felt like they were struggling at times. We kept going and got the penalty.
‘I feel great. The break came at a difficult time as we were flying, but everyone’s worked really hard and kept in great shape over the period we had off. We’ve come back flying.
‘We need to push on from here. The [unbeaten] run keeps going but we need to take away the draws and get the wins instead because that’s the most important thing.’
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes fired home a late penalty to rescue a point for his side
Paul Pogba weaved past Eric Dier inside the box before being hauled over from behind
A moment of magic from Shaw’s colleague Paul Pogba helped United earn a deserved point in the draw at Tottenham, where there was some late VAR drama.
The Frenchman, coming up against his former adversary Jose Mourinho, produced a fine piece of skill to win an 81st-minute penalty, Fernandes coolly converted to cancel out Bergwijn’s first-half opener for Spurs.
It looked like Fernandes would have a second opportunity from the spot 10 minutes later when referee Jonathan Moss saw another foul by Eric Dier, but the video referee rightly overturned the decision.
Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring for Tottenham against the run of play in the 27th minute
United were full value for their point and had a host of chances to win the game in the second half as Spurs failed to see it out, despite their pragmatic approach.
The hosts led after Bergwijn’s 27th-minute strike, which earned United goalkeeper David De Gea strong criticism – notably from former captain Roy Keane – for not stopping a shot which was straight at him.
A win for Mourinho against his former club would have put them firmly back in the race for the Champions League but they remain outsiders, still four points behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who extended their unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions.
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