Manchester United gave Tottenham Hotspur it’s second blemish on the season Sunday after picking up an important 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
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The win gives the Red Devils 24 points through 15 matches, however, Jose Mourinho’s side remains in sixth in the Premier League table. Spurs stay put in the standings as well, holding down the fifth position.
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The hosts took the lead on 29 minutes when Ander Herrera found a streaking Henrikh Mkhitaryan through the Spurs defense, who smashed home the game’s opener past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
While Mkhitaryan played hero on the day, the 27-year-old was forced out of the match after halftime following a hard collision from Spurs defender Danny Rose. The United attacker was carted off the pitch in the 85th minute, making way for Eric Bailly to help see out the match.
Victor Wanyama will surely regret his chance missed just minutes into the second stanza when the Spurs attacker had a free header yards away from goal but sliced it off target.
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The Red Devils were unlucky not to find a second after the hour mark when Paul Pogba‘s first-time effort was well saved by Lloris, before the hosts had a shout for a penalty just seconds later as Jan Vertonghen made contact into the back of Herrera.
United looked threatening at times in the opening stanza, and Mkhitaryan nearly gave the hosts the lead when the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder smashed a shot into a Spurs defender in front of goal after Herrera set the sequence up.
Paul Pogba found the game’s first chance just a minute into the clash after his left-footed attempt was saved by Lloris after Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the Frenchman in the center of the penalty area.Follow @MattReedFutbol