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In the 34th minute at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Edinson Cavani thought he had given Manchester United the lead after slotting in from a Paul Pogba pass.

Three minutes and several replays later, the goal was ruled out because of a foul on Son Heung-Min in the build up by Scott McTominay. The Korean attempted to stop McTominay with his hand as the midfielder dribbled past him. The Scotsman brushed aside his arm with his own hand which flicked Son in the face.



The decision brought with it the usual claims of death of the game and so on despite it being a marginal judgement call. Fans and pundits alike blamed Son for staying down too long to force a decision from the referee.




When asked about it in the press conference, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said “If my son stays down like this for three minutes and needs 10 minutes to help him up, he won’t get any food.” A jest, not well taken by his counterpart Jose Mourinho. “Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole. Because I think as a father, I am a father, you always have to feed your kids no matter what they do,” the Portuguese said in reply.

Twitter naturally had a field day over the mini spat.



Naturally, feeding children brings Marcus Rashford MBE into the conversation.




Solskjaer’s men turned around a half time 1-0 deficit with three goals in the second 45 from Fred, Cavani and Greenwood.



The defeat left Spurs six points behind West Ham in fourth place in the Premier League with just seven games left to play. Fans were quick to call for Mourinho’s head after the match.



Mourinho had a turbulent relationship at Old Trafford with several players, including Pogba and Luke Shaw, who have arguably been United’s two best players this season. Solskjaer got revenge for the 6-1 defeat earlier this season and the day was truly won by the Red Devils, on and off the field.



After the ‘Ole Mourinho Son’ debacle, Tottenham and Mourinho’s season now relies on a single match – their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City later this month. The game could be decisive to the future of several individuals at the club, both player and staff.

United meanwhile are looking up and putting the pressure on Manchester City. They are also well poised to qualify for the Europa League semifinals. Two roads diverged in North London and it is clear which club is on the right one.

Ritwik Khanna
Economics student supporting FC Goa and Manchester United, in true masochistic way. Can be found reading Jonathan Wilson and Sid Lowe or planning a quirky trip in his free time.

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