Manchester United managed to bounce back in the Premier league today as they beat title rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 with a late goal from Anthony Martial. Tottenham were Harry Kane-less for the trip to Old Trafford to face a United side who are unbeaten at home this season.
Jose Mourinho made the decision to start Marcus Rashford up front alongside Romelu Lukaku today but in the fist half it didn’t seem to be working out. When the half time whistle blew, Lukaku and Rashford had the two least amount of touches on the field with 20 and 19 respectively.
Spurs on the other hand were without Harry Kane after he tweaked his hamstring in the impressive 4-1 win against Liverpool last week. Mauricio Pochettino decided to start Heung-Min Son in his place with Fernando Llorente left on the subs bench.
The first half was rather uneventful as neither side really threatened. Perhaps the best opportunity of the half fell to Moussa Sissoko when the David De Gea and Phil Jones collided forcing the keeper to drop the ball. It dropped to the feel of Dele Alli who rolled it back to Sissoko who then blasted it high and wide.
The second half started totally different to the way the first ended as Manchester United came close twice within seconds. Ben Davies gifted the ball Henrikh Mkhitaryan before his shot was parried by Lloris. Striaght after, Davies turned saviour as he denied Marcus Rashford from close range.
Tottenham struggled in the second half as Man U managed to get into their rhythm. They did have one very good opportunity to score when Dele Alli got himself on the end of a lovely floated pass from Christian Eriksen. He was one on one with De Gea but couldn’t quite squeeze the ball past the Spaniard.
Lloris was forced into more and more saves as the half went on but in the 81st minute he was eventually beaten by substitute, Anthony Martial.
The goal came when Romelu Lukaku nodded on a long clearance from De Gea which Martial latched on to and then slid the ball past a helpless Lloris to ensure United go on unbeaten at Old Trafford this season.
After the game, Jose Mourinho was in good spirits. He said: “That was difficult, it could have been a draw. Both teams were trying to win but both knew the opponent was strong.
“Apart from Dele Alli’s chance, we controlled them well. It was tactically difficult for both and it was well refereed. It was strong, aggressive.
“We knew if we had one defensive mistake we could lose and that’s what happened to them.
“We tried and we deserved the victory.”
Both sides will be in action again in midweek as Manchester United host Benfica, meanwhile Tottenham will face Real Madrid at Wembley.