Tottenham player ratings against Manchester United: How did Eriksen and Soldado fare?

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Spurs shock United with an outstanding away performance - defence and midfield excellent yet again.

Two headers from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen put Spurs two up against the Champions, who then scored through Danny Welbeck and saw several penalty appeals turned down.

Below are the Tottenham player ratings from the match:

Hugo Lloris 7/10 - Had to be alert early on after a spell of United pressure resulted in a couple of dangerous through balls and chances. May have done a little better with Welbeck's goal, and made a couple of risky decisions including a challenge on Young that could have led to a penalty, but kept the score down despite his unconventional goalkeeping.

Kyle Walker 7/10 - Was given a battle against Januzaj, but after a challenging few minutes began to assert his authority, going on to have an impressive game defensively and in support of Lennon.

Michael Dawson 7/10 - Took a knock early on but did well to organise the defence against United's attack. Put his body on the line again and again and was excellent against United's many set-pieces.

Vlad Chiriches 8/10 - The Romanian was a vital part of Tottenham's defence, and looks to be over his dip in form that drew recent criticism. Made a challenge on Welbeck that could have seen him concede a penalty, but aside from that his decision-making was on the money today.

Danny Rose 6.5/10 - Made a couple of mistakes early on against Antonio Valencia but improved as his team did and finished the first half strongly. In the second half he defended tenaciously and was willing to get forward frequently. Will be hoping Spurs don't plump for a new left-back in the coming weeks.

Aaron Lennon 8/10 - Looked Spurs' most dangerous man in the first half, getting behind Patrice Evra a couple of times and drawing a good save from De Gea. Broke United's back line repeatedly later on as part of a threatening counter attack and supplied the cross for Eriksen's goal - in really good form.

Etienne Capoue 6/10 - Started slowly, failing to win the ball as United dominated the opening exchanges, but once that spell subsided he formed an effective partnership next to Dembele until he was withdrawn on the hour.

Moussa Dembele 7/10 - Looks a more influential player in the middle of a midfield four, and had another good match for Spurs. Good in possession all game and comfortably outshone Carrick and Cleverley. Booked for a challenge on Cleverley with ten minutes left.

Christian Eriksen 8/10 - MOTM - Was struggling to have an influence on the game initially, but produced a brilliant cross with his left foot for Adebayor to head home, and from that moment he was full of tenacity and skill. Threw himself at the ball for what turned out to be the winning goal, and looks a shoe-in for that left midfield spot.

Emmanuel Adebayor 7/10 - Rose fantastically to guide header past De Gea, and grew into the game as he carried the ball well from deep. Playing as well as he did in his initial loan spell at the club. Worringly stretchered off with 20 minutes left.

Roberto Soldado 6/10 - Supplied one great through ball to set up Lennon. Maybe should have done better with a cross from the same player, though was at full stretch, but again linked well with Adebayor. Withdrawn for youngster Harry Kane with a quarter of an hour left.


Nabil Bentaleb (65') 7/10 - Came on for Capoue in a risky substitution by Sherwood, but the youngster demonstrated his promise with some assured touches and spells in possession.

Nacer Chadli (70') 6/10 - Was full of running after he took the field and won a couple of headers to help keep the ball in the United half.

Harry Kane (75') 6/10 - Brought on for Soldado so that Spurs could maintain an aerial presence upfront and did well in his few minutes on the pitch, causing problems for United's defenders.

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