By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three of the main talking points from Tottenham’s impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
26-year-old in trouble
One of Mauricio Pochettino’s two changes ahead of the tie was to axe full-back Kyle Walker from the starting eleven. The 26-year-old has been a regular feature of the first-team squad at Tottenham this season, but his recent form has allowed Kieran Trippier to come in and make an impact. Trippier gave another pleasing display in the win over Manchester United, and is making a fine case to the Spurs boss that he is capable of being considered much more than just a deputy to Walker. But with Walker also linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer, his axe from the starting eleven against United could raise concerns.
A fitting farewell
The afternoon saw Tottenham playing their final ever home game at White Hart Lane, and they put in a performance fitting of the landmark occasion. They flew out of the blocks, immediately exerting their dominance with their typical slick, attacking football under Pochettino, and refused to let the occasion get to them. For much of the first-half, Manchester United failed to really compete and Tottenham deservedly took the lead through Victor Wanyama. Harry Kane’s goal immediately after the restart compiled United’s misery, and despite a late reply from Wayne Rooney, Tottenham closed the book on the White Hart Lane area with a worthy display.
Where do the new signings fit in?
A very pleasing performance from a very impressive Tottenham side. Pochettino has a squad packed full of quality, but he will want one or two new additions this summer to fine tune his side. However, after such a fine display against Manchester United, it is difficult to envisage any of these players dropping out of the side to make way for a new arrival. Pochettino has shown a fondness towards rotating his squad, but there are a number of names that command key player status, and should feature as much as possible. With that in mind, where will the potential newcomers fit in? If Poch bolsters his central midfield options this summer, any new recruit will find it difficult to displace either Mousa Dembele or Victor Wanyama. Meanwhile, a new defender is likely to play second-fiddle to first-choice pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, unless of course Tottenham opt for a back-three. There is the possibility that some players could be sold on this summer, but Poch has to do everything he possibly can to keep this group together.
In other Tottenham news, Football Insider has rated the players during the win over Manchester United.