Tottenham put their humiliation at Newcastle behind them to fight back from two down to draw an entertaining 2-2 at home to Manchester United.
An entertaining clash between the top four rivals looked set to go Erik Ten Hag’s men’s way after first-half efforts from Jadon Sancho and fourth-placed Marcus Rashford put United into the lead.
Ryan Mason made a torrid start to his second spell in charge but his half-time message did the trick and Pedro Porro reduced the deficit early in the second period before Son Heung-min struck with 11 minutes remaining to earn a share of the silverware. spoils.
Both sides had a mixed week and United were able to secure another trip to Wembley on Sunday after their penalty shootout win over Brighton in the FA Cup while Tottenham left to regroup after a few more days.
Last weekend’s 6-1 thrashing at Newcastle saw Cristian Stellini step down from his interim role and Mason, Spurs’ third manager of the season, wasted no time reverting to a 3-4-3 formation. they prefer.
Although Tottenham were without their captain Hugo Lloris due to a hip injury, Bruno Fernandes was able to overcome his ankle problem to lead United.
Given their diabolical start at St James’ Park, the hosts were eager to start strongly but it took just seven minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock.
Man United were able to play through the lines with ease and Rashford joined Sancho, who cut inside and curled into the bottom corner for his sixth goal of the season.
It was another poor goal for Tottenham conceding to Porro and Cristian Romero, two of their most guilty players on Sunday, again allowing an opposition player too much space inside the area.
Spurs supporters stuck with the team but Ten Hag’s side smelled blood and Rashford fired over a free kick before Sancho should have made it 2-0.
Again Sancho was found on the left but Ivan Perisic got back on the line to clear his deflected effort and prevent the atmosphere from turning toxic.
He failed to stop the first chants calling for the Levy chairman to leave the club moments later and Forster’s indecisive save from Fernandes’ long-range shot did little to quell the growing unrest.
Tottenham responded by creating their first real opening when Richarlison managed to play in behind and saw his cross for Porro cut out.
Perisic tested David De Gea from the resulting corner with a flicked header but Levy soon had another chance.
Rashford wasted two chances in the closing moments of the first half to give United the lead and Forster equalized with both efforts before Spurs threatened again.
But seconds after De Gea parried Perisic’s powerful shot, the visitors made it 2-0 with a slick counter-attack.
Fernandes sent a brilliant cross-field pass to Rashford and the English marker raced past Eric Dier into the area before slotting past Forster for his 29th goal of an excellent campaign.
Boos followed at half-time but Tottenham came out with renewed belief after the break and reduced the deficit in the 56th minute.
Perisic’s dangerous cross caused problems in the United area and although Harry Kane’s effort was blocked by Luke Shaw, Porro was on hand to head home a first from 16 yards.
The visitors should have immediately restored a two-goal advantage when Fernandes outpaced Clement Lenglet but it crashed onto the crossbar and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s header was well saved by Forster.
He kept Tottenham’s hopes of preventing a third straight defeat alive and they wasted two great chances soon after.
The First Son took the lead after great forward play from Kane, who beat Shaw and picked out the South Korean at the back post.
Not long after Son and substitute Dejan Kulusevski had a chance to try over the post as Spurs built momentum.
The best chance came when Perisic picked out Dier unmarked but the center back went wide from six yards out.
He brought Mason to his knees but Tottenham’s next attack was the equalizer and Romero was able to find Kane, who turned and squared for Son to head home and restore pride to the hosts.