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Manchester United 1 Tottenham 0: Anthony Martial nets again after replacing Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli keeps his cool among five things we learnt at Old Trafford

ANTHONY MARTIAL came off the bench to get a late winner for Manchester United.

Tottenham had arguably been the better team at Old Trafford, but were unable to get that goal which would maintain their unbeaten away record.

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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Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino shake hands at full-time
Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino shake hands at full-time
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But Jose Mourinho got a first win of the season against a direct title rival.

David De Gea‘s long kick out was flicked on by Romelu Lukaku, and Martial scuffed in the only goal of the game.

Despite the relatively low game, it was an entertaining match with action at both ends.

Hugo Lloris pulled off a great save to deny Lukaku, while the Belgian also hit the post with a terrific header.


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Martial-Rashford: whoever starts loses

Anthony Martial scored after replacing Marcus Rashford once again
Anthony Martial scored after replacing Marcus Rashford once again
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It’s usually one of the duo starting, before being replaced by the other late on.

And for the fifth time this season, the oncoming substitute has scored.

Martial did it against West Ham, Swansea and Everton before today, with Marcus Rashford doing it against Leicester.

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FIVE THINGS


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Spurs’ away hell

Mauricio Pochettino needs to improve on away record against title rivals
Mauricio Pochettino needs to improve on away record against title rivals
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Tottenham had won every match away from Wembley this season.

But their away record against their nearest rivals is poor — with just the one victory against Manchester City in 2016 — in 16 matches.

That is an area Tottenham will have to improve on if they are to take the next step and win the title.

New, maturer Dele Alli

Dele Alli showed maturity in face of Manchester United provocation
Dele Alli showed maturity in face of Manchester United provocation
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Didn’t even see this haha. Dele Alli approaching Lukaku then immediately regretting it. pic.twitter.com/UTv4pBZBFF

— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) October 28, 2017

Mourinho had clearly told his players to wind up the Tottenham man.

Ashley Young primarily was in his face during various flashpoints throughout the first-half.

But Alli, who has been guilty of losing his head during similar incidents in the past, kept his cool and didn’t react.

United the standard-bearer for giving youth a chance

Homegrown Manchester United man Jesse Lingard in action against Tottenham
Homegrown Manchester United man Jesse Lingard in action against Tottenham
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Marcus Rashford started with Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay on the bench.

It meant the Red Devils have now included a homegrown player in every single matchday squad for 80 years.

The run consists of 3,883 matches and started on October 30, 1937.

Without Kane, Tottenham aren’t as able

Dele Alli misses a brilliant chance late on, which Harry Kane would have relished
Dele Alli misses a brilliant chance late on, which Harry Kane would have relished
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Mauricio Pochettino’s men played well at Old Trafford and were arguably the better side.

But they were definitely missing their main man — with Christian Eriksen’s balls over the top regularly headed clear by United’s defenders.

Alli missed a great chance moments before Martial’s goal which Kane would have devoured.