|1. TOBY ALDERWEIRELD - DC||7.6|
Well, as far as debuts go, Tottenham Hotspur's newest Belgian did pretty well. Alderweireld looked calm and assured at the back and the Tottenham defense allowed only one shot on goal. The understanding between Alderweireld and Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen seemed excellent, despite the two not having partnered in central defense since their Ajax days.
One underrated part of Alderweireld's game was his long diagonal balls. He hit some nice passes out wide, though, for the most part, they were too lofted and allowed United to get back into defensive position. If Alderweireld and Nacer Chadli can link up on this diagonal balls, and Toby can hit them with a bit less loft, then they could provide a dangerous attacking outlet for Spurs.
|2. JAN VERTONGHEN - DC||6.9|
Oh, hey! Look! It's our other Belgian defender. Remember how Vertonghen likes to just go on a walkabout on occasion? Well, he still did that, but it looked alright with Eric Dier and Toby covering for him.
Jan didn't seem like he did much in this match, but he really didn't have to. He quietly helped limit any attacking opportunities for Manchester United, while also display the trademark calmness on the ball and slick passing that we've come to expect from him. Spurs are a much better team when Vertonghen is good and against United he looked very good.
|3. KYLE WALKER - RB||6.7|
I'm honestly a little surprised to find Walker in the top three here, given that he was the only scorer in the match and he scored that goal for the opposing team. Maybe this is all of us just over-correcting for a performance that was, outside of the own goal, pretty good.
Regardless, Walker showed flashes of being pre-injury Kyle Walker and effectively shut down United's Ashley Young for long stretches of the match. Walker definitely faces some increased competition from Kieran Trippier and if he continues to score for the other team, then I'm sure his spot will be in jeopardy.
OTHERS: Vorm (6.4), Davies (6.3), Dier (6.3), Bentaleb (3.8), Dembele (5.9), Eriksen (6.6), Chadli (5.4), Kane (6.5)
SUBS: Mason (5.8), Lamela (5.5) , Alli (5.9)