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English Premier League match report Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur 27 August 2018

Posted: 27 August 2018 Time: 22:30

Tottenham Hotspur put in a fine second-half display to defeat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday night.

United showed a statement in the opening seconds with Fred eager to pounce from a high ball, but shot wide.

Romelu Lukaku missed a golden opportunity to put United in front after capitalising on poor defending from Danny Rose rounded Hugo Lloris, but shot wide with an empty net on 15 minutes.

The Lily Whites lived to see another day, with the atmosphere around the Theatre of Dreams hoping that missed opportunity doesn’t come back to bit them.

Tottenham were presented a similar chance to that of Lukaku’s glaring miss when Dele Alli dispossessed Phil Jones near the box but after racing goal-side, but he hesitated to shoot and gave up possession in the end.

The hosts ended the first half strong, with a shot from outside the box by Paul Pogba forcing Lloris to get down and punch away with Nemanja Matic’s follow-up deflected for a corner on 33 minutes.

It took Spurs 40 minutes to register their first effort on target, but a shot on the turn from Christian Eriksen following a dink from Lucas Moura was safely handled by David De Gea.

The Red faithful were stunned five minutes from the restart with Harry Kane peeling off his marker to head into the top corner from a corner.

This nearly sparked Lukaku to drew level immediately at the other hand, but a strong one-handed punch from Lloris kept out the danger.

Just as United plotted a come back, Spurs struck again. A nicely measured pass from Kieran Trippier to Eriksen allowed the Dane to cross-field Moura for a bottom corner finish in the space of two minutes.

Bidding a come back, last season’s runners-up brought on Alexis Sanchez to aid Lukaku in the attacking compartment.

Jesse Lingard found himself on the end of a cross from out wide, but out of sheer wilderness blasted over the top on 60 minutes.

A free-kick delivered by Fred found substitute Victor Lindelof at the back post, but the Swede headed into the side-netting.

Spurs were presented chances to increase their tally when Alli beat the offside trap and rounded De Gea, but the Spaniard recovered in time to push aside his effort for a corner.

With time running out, Lingard closed in yet again but this time his shot from a cross was deflected onto the roof of the net.

Spurs though ended hopes of a come back as Moura beat Smalling in a one-on-one challenge to beat De Gea in the same bottom corner to keep their perfect start to the season intact.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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