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Manchester United 1 Tottenham 0: Anthony Martial comes off the bench to score late winner, but Romelu Lukaku’s top six struggles continue against Spurs

ANTHONY MARTIAL was the hero as Manchester United pulled off a huge victory over title rivals Tottenham.

It took three touches to get it from one goal to the other as Tottenham fell victim to a route one classic.

Man United and their mascots wore special shirts on the day at Old Trafford
Man United and their mascots wore special shirts on the day at Old Trafford
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David De Gea launched the ball forward Romelu Lukaku headed it on and substitute Martial hit it on the volley past Hugo Lloris.

For Spurs it had been a case of no Kane no gain.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said they could still win at Old Trafford without injured Harry.

In truth they desperately missed the striker who was in red hot form going into the game with 17 goals for club and country before a hamstring strain ruled him out of this clash.

Man United players walked out with their mascots' names on their shirts
Man United players walked out with their mascots’ names on their shirts
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Anthony Martial scored a late winner for Man United against Spurs
Anthony Martial scored a late winner for Man United against Spurs
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While United had been criticised for their approach at Anfield and application at the John Smith’s Stadium you could not fault them yesterday as they went for victory in the second-half and got it.

The first half had been an intense affair despite there being few chances.

The tackles were crunching in all over the pitch but both defences were refusing to buckle.

Both goalkeepers were only really called into action once each.

Tottenham and Man United observed a minute of silence before the game
Tottenham and Man United observed a minute of silence before the game
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Substitute Anthony Martial came off the bench to save Man United
Substitute Anthony Martial came off the bench to save Man United
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Hugo Lloris was taking no chances in the 12th minute when Marcus Rashford fired in a low long range free kick which bounced awkwardly in front of the Spurs ‘keeper who palmed it round the post.

At the other end Eric Dier tried an acrobatic volley which David De Gea moved swiftly across his line to catch.

United upped the pace at the start of the second half and came desperately close to taking the lead.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wriggled his way through and when Lloris parried his shot Ben Davies did superbly well to get his toe to the ball ahead of Marcus Rashford.

The teams failed to carve out any clear-cut chances in the first half
The teams failed to carve out any clear-cut chances in the first half
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It took a late strike from sub Anthony Martial to hand United all three points
It took a late strike from sub Anthony Martial to hand United all three points
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United kept up the pressure and when Mkhitaryan burst into the box and crossed the ball flew through Romelu Lukaku’s legs in front of goal.

Then in the 77th minute a big chance fell for Dele Alli.

Christian Eriksen found him with a chipped ball through, Alli flicked it past De Gea but the ball went just the wrong side of the post.

The action quickly switched up the other end and from Jesse Lingard’s cross Lukaku’s header came back off the post.

United’s disappointment would soon turn to joy with that cracking strike from Martial.

Man United and Tottenham went into half-time goalless at 0-0
Man United and Tottenham went into half-time goalless at 0-0
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Dele Alli and Ashley Young almost came to blows during the game at Old Trafford
Dele Alli and Ashley Young almost came to blows during the game at Old Trafford
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FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS

Players from both sides got involved to break up the potential scrap
Players from both sides got involved to break up the potential scrap
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  • Ahead of the game, Man United had won their last three Premier League home games against Tottenham without conceding a goal.
  • Spurs had lost 20 of their 25 trips to Old Trafford in the Premier League – the worst away record against any club.
  • Tottenham were looking to record back-to-back league victories over United for the first time since 1990, after their 2-1 win in May.
Both sides failed to make any convincing chances, well into the second half
Both sides failed to make any convincing chances, well into the second half
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Marcus Rashford looked lively but failed to carve out any clear chances
Marcus Rashford looked lively but failed to carve out any clear chances
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WHAT THEY SAID

Player/manager reaction to follow…

SOCIAL SAYS

Both defences were kept busy, without any genuine chances being created
Both defences were kept busy, without any genuine chances being created
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Spurs doing really well, considering they’re essentially playing with 10 men(Sissoko) #MUNTOT

— Joel Bassat (@joelbassat) October 28, 2017

Winks running the show ! #MUNTOT

— Beven Boulthard (@stickboy1001) October 28, 2017

This Man Utd/Spurs match is very exciting. I sometimes wish I played under José Mourinho. I think our styles would mesh nicely.

— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) October 28, 2017

Mourinho masterclass 😂😂🙌🙌#MUNTOT

— ASH (@red_4_life_Ash) October 28, 2017

Beautiful. 3 huge points. Tony Martial, again 😎#MUNTOT

— Mark Henrich (@MarkHenrich) October 28, 2017

Romelu Lukaku's recent struggles continued as he failed to find his feet
Romelu Lukaku’s recent struggles continued as he failed to find his feet
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DREAM TEAM RATINGS

MAN UNITED: De Gea, Bailly, Smalling, Jones, Valencia, Young (Darmian 90), Herrera, Matic, Mkhitaryan (Lingard 65), Rashford (Martial 70), Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero, Mata, Blind, McTominay.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Aurier, Davies, Sissoko (Dembele 62), Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Son (Llorente 62).

Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Rose, Sanchez, Nkoudou.

Full ratings to follow shortly…