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Super Sub Martial Fires Man Utd Past Spurs

Anthony Martial came off the bench to score the winner, as Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford.
The hosts had the better of the opening stages of the game. In the 12th minute, Marcus Rashford drew a first save from Hugo Lloris — forcing him to tip his well-hit long-range free-kick wide of the post.
Spurs found their feet after that and enjoyed a spell of dominance.
In the 28th minute, Phil Jones and David de Gea collided after the goalkeeper had caught the ball, knocking it out of his grasp and gifting the visitors a chance. However, Moussa Sissoko fired well over the bar.
The teams went into the break deadlocked at 0-0, but Mauricio Pochettino would have been the happier of the two managers after Spurs controlled most of the first 45 minutes.
However, United went back on the front foot and almost capitalised eight minutes into the second half. Lloris spilled Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s shot and Ben Davies had to scramble it away.
Mkhitaryan then put the ball back into the danger area with a low cross from the left, but Romelu Lukaku was unable to get onto it.
In the 65th minute, Antonio Valencia lashed a shot at goal, striking the ball first time as it bounced to him roughly 20 yards out. However, he just fired over the target.
United continued to threaten and Lukaku fired a blistering shot goalwards from a difficult angle in the 73rd minute, forcing Lloris to palm it away.
Four minutes later, Spurs nearly struck against the run of play. Christian Eriksen played a pinpoint aerial through ball into the box and Dele Alli peeled off Smalling to get on the end of it. However, he was unable to divert his shot on target under pressure from de Gea.
United went close again at the other end in the 79th minute, when Lukaku’s header clattered into the post.
At last, their dogged determination paid off in the 81st minute. De Gea hoofed the ball up to Lukaku, who flicked a header on to Martial. The substitute slotted the ball home to put the Red Devils in front.
That proved to be the killer blow as United held on for a win that had looked unlikely in the first half.
It was a case of José Mourinho doing what he does best as United soaked up the pressure before pouncing in the second half with the help of an astute substitution.


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1 comment:

  1. The Harry Kane team has been exposed..No Kane no Points.


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