My third and final battle by battle between Spurs and Manchester United I predicted pre-match to be a close one involving a booking or two perhaps, as two strong-willed players in Assou-Ekotto and Nani took to the field.
Nani always plays well against Tottenham, his pace and flair causes them problems regularly and we knew, well expected the Cameroon left-back to have his work cut out. Nani couldn’t really get into the game however and when he did run at Ekotto with the ball he never really did anything or got at him down the outside.
Assou-Ekotto looked very assured defensively and Nani kept having to go inside and seek Darren Fletcher or Michael Carrick in the middle. The Spurs left back got forward regularly especially in the first half, overlapping Gareth Bale on occasions and produced a couple of decent crosses.
Nani was replaced on the hour which showed his ineffectiveness and even Wayne Rooney was pushed out wide but he didn’t trouble Assou-Ekotto either.
After his last league outing Assou Ekotto had a point to prove to be fair, he got given the run around by Seamus Coleman but this performance showed he’s a terrific player, one of the most under-rated in the league.
He is one of the unsung heroes in the Tottenham squad. His composure on the ball is excellent and his partnership with Bale down the left is as good as anyones.
My Verdict: Benoit Assou-Ekotto
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