Tottenham bid farewell to 118-year-old White Hart Lane by beating Manchester United 2-1 in a game where the home side looked determined to win and the away side seemed like filling up numbers.
The Spurs’ home ground hosted its first game back in 1899 and now it will be enveloped by a massive structure next door which will signify their progress as a team. The stadium correctly points to a glorious future this club has and it felt on the pitch too when Wanyama and Kane scored to secure a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.
This victory marked their first unbeaten home season in the league since 1964-65 which is some gift to the fans who have been behind the team throughout. A record 14th consecutive win at home underlines the progress this club has achieved over the last 2-3 years and it deserves a much bigger infrastructure with money in transfers.
For Pochettino, the only disappointment was the second-placed finish his team will muster after a near perfect season. This probably shows how good Chelsea had been to resist this kind of winning run from their London rivals. But, no one could spoil the party at the Lane on Sunday when they defeated a United team with fewer ambitions in the league.
The Europa League had been Mourinho’s priority from past few weeks and the Portuguese even went on to say that the remaining league games are just a formality and his full attention will be towards the European final at Stockholm against Ajax on the 24th of June.
Six minutes into the game, Victor Wanyama powered in a header to give Spurs the perfect start. It would have been worse for United had it not been for De Gea in good form making notable saves in the first half. Harry Kane finally ended his goal duck against Manchester United by scoring a clever goal in the second half from an Eriksen set-piece.
Rooney scored the consolation goal 16 minutes from time just to make things a bit interesting but Spurs never really looked uncomfortable and dealt with whatever United threw at them in the dying moments.
Mourinho failed to gatecrash the party mood of White Hart Lane and truth be told, it never looked likely after the kind of eleven he fielded against a team like Tottenham.
The game was played in front of many Spurs’ greats including Glenn Hoddle, Teddy Sherringham, etc. It was a joyous yet emotional occasion and deserved the finish it needed from those in the field.