A late goal from substitute Anthony Martial gave Man United an important victory over Tottenham.
There wasnt many clear chances for either side, as both teams restricted the opposition to mostly long-range shots. Marcus Rashford had a free-kick which Hugo Lloris had to push away.
Spurs had quite a few shots in the first half, but nearly all of them were from long-range. Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko, and Toby Alderweireld all had long shots which didn’t trouble David de Gea in goal. Eric Dier had an effort from close-range from a corner, but he didn’t connect cleanly with it and De Gea was able to hold onto it.
In the second half, Henrick Mkhitaryan had an effort from just inside the box, which Lloris fumbled, but Spurs managed to clear it away.
United were starting to get some chances and putting some pressure on Spurs. From a corner, the ball was headed away, before Antonio Valencia ran onto the ball and fired narrowly over the bar.
In the 70th minute, Martial came on for Rashford. The substitution wasn’t well received by the supporters but, in the end the substitution won the game for United.
Romelu Lukaku, who had endured a frustrating game, had an effort, which Lloris pushed away, but it was going wide already. Throughout the game Lukaku had been calling on his team-mates to provide better and quicker service to him.
A few minutes before the goal, Dele Alli should’ve scored for Spurs. Christian Eriksen played the bell over the top to him, but Alli poked the ball wide from point-blank range.
Lukaku’s game became even more frustrating when he hit the post from a Jesse Lingard cross. But, a couple of minutes after that, his persistence paid off.
In the 81st minute, United took the lead through Martial. From a goal-kick, Lukaku headed the ball on, which allowed Martial to run through and slot the ball past Lloris.
Right at the end, with no Spurs defenders back, the ball was cleared from a set-piece to Lingard, who ran through, but with pressure put on him from a defender, he put it over the bar.
Spurs were without their talisman Harry Kane in this game, and it seemed as though they struggled without him, as they created very few chances, with the main chance being when Alli poked wide when the game was still goalless.
Ashley Young was a key figure for United in this game, as he seems to have been rejuvenated this season. He defended tirelessly and occasionally delivered the sort of dangerous crosses that were his trademark as a winger.
Next up for United is against Benfica in Old Trafford in the Champions League next Tuesday, the 31 October. Next up in the league is a trip to Chelsea next Sunday, the 5 November. Hopefully they can continute the winning form.