EPL: Spurs spoil Ratcliffe’s first visit as Man Utd co-owner

Manchester United failed to welcome the club’s new co-owner Jim Ratcliffe to Old Trafford with a win as Tottenham twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Ratcliffe was in attendance for the first time since agreeing on a deal to take a 25 per cent stake in the English giants for $1.3 billion.

Goals for United forwards in the Premier League have been in short supply at Old Trafford this season but both Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford struck in the first half, either side of Richarlison’s equaliser.

A point moves Tottenham level with north London rivals Arsenal but leaves them still outside the top four on goal difference.

But they will be happier with the draw as they remain eight points ahead of United, who edge up to seventh.

Ratcliffe declared before kick-off that taking a share in his boyhood club is the most exciting investment he has been involved in.

But the British billionaire, wo was sat alongside legendary former United manager Alex Ferguson in the directors’ box, got an early introduction to the rollercoaster ride of owning a football club.

Erik ten Hag’s men desperately needed the three points to reel in Spurs in the race for a place in next season’s Champions League.

And the Red Devils could not have wished for a better start.

Hojlund took 15 games to score a Premier League goal after his £72 million ($92 million) move from Atalanta.

But the Dane now has two in as many appearances in the English top flight as he blasted a loose ball high past Guglielmo Vicario after just three minutes.

Tottenham were without captain Son Heung-min, who is off leading South Korea’s bid for glory at the Asian Cup, and Dejan Kulusevski due to illness.

Gideon Canice

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