Anthony Martial gave José Mourinhos’ Manchester United a late winner and three points, after a hard fought tie with Tottenham at Old Trafford.
Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham: Match Report
It was an important league win for Manchester United over the North London side, with whom they were level on points in the Premier League with before the match kicked off. Second place being the prize for the victory on either side.
A defensive error from Eric Dier and a flick from the head of Romelu Lukaku, after having shrugged off Jan Vertonghen, led to Anthony Martial ending Spurs’ hopes of their first win at Old Trafford in 25 attempts.
With both teams still nursing bad losses to Huddersfield Town, and West Ham respectively, it was an important meeting for both.
In an game that mirrored last seasons’ fixture, there was little between the two sides. The wet miserable conditions befitting of the the play, which was dull and laborious at times.
Tottenham at first seemed more likely to score, but Dele Alli squandered his sides’ best chance of the day, mistiming a beautiful floating pass from Christian Eriksen.
With David De Gea blocking Eric Diers’ leaping volley shortly after, that saw the bulk of the Spurs threat, with their opponent not fairing much better.
No Kane, No Gain
Famously without star striker Harry Kane, Spurs just couldn’t complete the finish. Of the few chances created, none were converted. Heung Min Son, And Moussa Sissoko played up front in place of injured Kane. Both worked hard, but were unable to create many openings.
Eriksen usually the midfield maestro, appeared to lack ideas and was generally a little off his form. Young Harry Winks however, put in another solid performance, his startling composure being key once more for Spurs. Though Diers’ error lost the game, he was key in the match up to that point.
England international Ashley Young stood out for United, tackling well, and threatened going forward. The 32 year-old put all his experience out on the pitch, and earned him a man of the match award.
It had looked like being a goalless draw, as had so often been the case in this fixture. The latter part of the second half though saw United take a little more control over proceedings, reminding the visitors who were at home.
Dier Is Caught Martial-led!
It could prove to be a decisive game, in terms of the title challenge. Anthony Martial was able to make the difference, with just nine minutes left at Old Trafford. Spoiling Spurs’ hundred percent success rate away from home this season, and denying them what would have been a fair point.
After the game, José Mourinho told MOTD; “Both teams they tried to win, but both teams I think fear the opponent because the opponent could hurt at any moment. So I think it was a tactical game, with emotion, and everything good.”
His counter part Mauricio Pochettino said “Of course I am very disappointed aspecially for the players, who were amazing, I think the game was even. Aah, well, losing that way late is always painful, but, you move on.”
Spurs face a tough home clash this week, in the return Group E fixture with Real Madrid on Wednesday. Club and fans praying their talisman, and best weapon Harry Kane will be back for the tie. The score stands at 1-1, and Spurs will want to secure the win.
Manchester United travel to Benfica on Tuesday with a 1-0 lead.
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