Monday 30 November, 2020

Man United clinch 1-1 draw at Tottenham on EPL return

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes reacts after kicking a penalty to level the scores during the English Premier League football match against Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Glyn Kirk, Pool).

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes reacts after kicking a penalty to level the scores during the English Premier League football match against Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Glyn Kirk, Pool).

Paul Pogba made an immediate impact on his return from surgery, earning a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes that recovered for Manchester United a 1-1 draw at Tottenham in the English Premier League (EPL) on Friday.

While the teams have endured three months without games in the pandemic, Pogba hasn't played since December. And he entered only in the 63rd minute at an empty Tottenham Stadium with the hosts leading from Steven Bergwijn's first-half strike through goalkeeper David de Gea.

But Pogba, whose United future has been mired in uncertainty, helped to inject some attacking dynamism United had been missing.

Pogba was bundled off the ball by Eric Dier and Fernandes netted his third penalty since joining United in January.

United were denied a second penalty when VAR overturned the decision to penalise Dier for another foul — this time on Fernandes.

United are three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played an extra game. But fifth place will clinch a Champions League spot if second-placed Manchester City's two-year ban from Europe is upheld next month for breaking financial rules. Tottenham remained four points behind United.

The start of the game saw players immediately take a knee as part of the Black Lives Matter protests.

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