Man Utd dent Spurs' top-four hopes

English Premier League

Manchester United strengthened their grip on second spot in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.

Smarting from the 6-1 loss early this season, United named Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba up front while Spurs saw Harry Kane lead the line alongs Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura while Gareth Bale was named on the bench.

The host targeted the opener in the first seconds, but Lucas flashed a low pass from combination play between Giovani Lo Celso and Heung-Min Son over the top.

Lucas caused the Red Devils further issues following the midway mark with a teasing ball from the right-side of the area, but Dean Henderson was on guard to smother the strike.

The ball did end up in the net on 36 minutes and it was United through Cavani following a cutback from Pogba, but it was disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for Scott McTominay's foul in the build-up.

Spurs denied the fancied Red Devils a goalless spell at the break after Son latched onto a ball across the six-yard area from Moura four minutes later to beat Henderson from close-range.

United came out for the second half revived and equalised 12 minutes in when a give-and-go involving Cavani culminated with a simple finish from close-range by Fred.

The home side were first to introduced substitutions following 61 minutes, with Lo Celso withdrawn for Moussa Sissoko.

It was however United who turned the tie around inside the last 12 minutes after Cavani squeezed in the area to head home a telling cross from Mason Greenwood.

Cavani nearly turned from hero to villain moments later when his slight touch off a corner –kick cannoned against the post before United averted.

The Red Devils put Spurs out of reach in the dying minutes as a pass from Pogba picked out Greenwood who dropped a shoulder to find the near post and complete their victory.

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