Tottenham Hotspur played Manchester United well over the course of 90 minutes at Old Trafford in the opening match of the 2015-16 Premier League season, but a flukey own-goal from Kyle Walker was the difference as Spurs fell to the Red Devils 1-0 on Saturday.
Manchester United won the game thanks to an own goal from Kyle Walker, who failed to properly clear the ball from a hesitant Wayne Rooney inside the 18 yard box.
In many ways the first game can set the tone for the season, and people are always interested to see who will score the season’s first goal – would it be a United new boy, perhaps Memphis Depay?
In addition to Romero, forward Memphis Depay, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and right-back Matteo Darmian all started, while German midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger came off the bench.
United have signed Sergio Romero from Sampdoria, but the Argentina No. 1 didn’t play in pre-season making Van Gaal reluctant to throw him in.
Although United were the better side for much of the first half, Tottenham will consider themselves hard done by not to have earned at least a draw after testing United’s on a number of occasions in a courageous late effort.
But with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ready to get involved in the deal to try to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu, the chances of the Spaniard playing for the Old Trafford giants ever again look slim.
Louis van Gaal has warned Real Madrid that they will have to spend a lot to buy goalkeeper David De Gea from Manchester United.
“He is our best player and for three years already, has been chosen by the fans so we cannot let him go so easily”.
Romero could have been picking the ball out of the back of the net just four minutes into his United bow, when Harry Kane and Eriksen linked up brilliantly to open up the home side’s defence.
They added one more to that tally as they suffered a narrow loss despite putting up a fearless fight against Louis van Gaal’s men.
Van Gaal hinted that he may not pick De Gea until the transfer window closes at the start of next month and praised Argentina global Romero for his impressive debut performance. “I think we played very well, I’m pleased with the performance”.
United started brightly and showed good objective in possession this afternoon, but there will be some concerns over the lack of firepower on display.