• Manchester United beat Tottenham in the opening game of the 2015/16 Premier League season courtesy of a first-half own goal from Kyle Walker
  • David de Gea not involved after being deemed incapable of focusing by manager Louis van Gaal amid transfer interest from Real Madrid
  • Sergio Romero started in goal, with Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay also handed competitive debuts for United
  • Toby Alderweireld made first Tottenham start alongside Jan Vertonghen. Hugo Lloris only fit enough for the substitutes' bench behind Michel Vorm
  • First Tottenham appearance for Dele Alli
Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker\'s own goal was enough to secure an opening day three points for Manchester United at Old Trafford AFP

A late flurry from Tottenham proves fruitless and the match ends 1-0. Not a great spectacle by any means, but United were mostly comfortable after going ahead through Walker's awkward own goal and nullified their opponents' threat well enough bar an uncertain start.

One or two nervy moments for Romero in goal, but he will take great confidence from that clean sheet. Smalling looked very composed and Pochettino will be disappointed not to have provided a sterner test of his partnership with Blind.

Tottenham began well but faded after conceding and they look a few additions short of challenging to regain a spot in the top four.

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Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham


Four minutes of added time for Tottenham to find a goal.


This second half at Old Trafford has been rather devoid of quality and plentiful goalmouth action, but Tottenham are bursting into life late on.

A deep free-kick from Eriksen is headed towards goal by Kane. The ball takes a big deflection of Smalling before Romero somewhat oddly chooses to slap it away when it may have been easier to hold.

The attack remains alive and Romero is forced into a stronger save from Eriksen's well-struck drive. Cautions for Mata and Alli as the game takes on a frenetic pace.


Although United have been mostly comfortable since going ahead, their lead remains slender and a point may not be beyond Tottenham as we progress into the final few minutes of the 90.

A glorious diagonal ball from Alderweireld finds Eriksen, who lashes a left-footed strike towards goal from a difficult angle that is well dealt with by Romero.


Walker sends a lofted pass into United's area towards Mason. Smalling comes across to cover but a slight mix-up between him and Romero almost provides a nervy moment.

A final change from Van Gaal sees Darmian taken off and Valencia brought on.


No chance of Dier picking up a second caution as he walks off to be replaced by Alli.


Dier is booked for a foul on Young. A decision he angrily protests before Rooney's free-kick is sent harmlessly over.


Mata and Darmian combine to great effect down Tottenham's left. The latter finds Rooney with a cross, but the captain botches his attempt at an acrobatic finish.


A chance for Tottenham as Kane sends Dembele free down the right flank. The Belgian produces a good low delivery, but Romero is quick off his line and gathers before Chadli can knock home the equaliser.

Schweinsteiger booked for a cynical trip on Chadli as Ander Herrera comes on in place of debutant Depay.

Lamela replaces Dembele.


A chance for Young to seal the three points as a Rooney cross is headed into his path at the back post. He cuts inside Dembele, but a low shot is saved by Vorm.


Rapturous applause as Schweinsteiger replaces Carrick. United fans will be chomping at the bit to see just how big an impact the World Cup winning midfielder can have on their fortunes this term.


A dangerous whipped free-kick from Eriksen just evades the head of Eric Dier and Romero goes low to claim. Schweinsteiger is about to come on for the hosts.


Danger for United as Bentaleb knocks the ball through for Chadli, but it does not reach Kane before being hoofed clear.

The last action for Bentaleb as Ryan Mason is introduced.


United on the prowl again with stylish passing play from Young and Rooney. Depay does well to create space for the shot, but he can't keep it down and it sails over Vorm's crossbar.


No changes from either side at the break, I should mention. No strikers on the bench for Tottenham, with Erik Lamela probably the most suitable player to come on and provide support for Kane.


The second half is back underway.

Are Manchester United on course for a straightforward victory or can Tottenham mount a comeback to avoid starting the season with a defeat?


A good early start from Tottenham during which Eriksen came close to giving them the lead has given way to a dominant performance from United.

The only goal was certainly unlucky from Walker's point of view, but the errant pass that preceded it from Bentaleb was careless and deservedly punished. Mata, Young and Depay look dangerous as the three players in support of Rooney up front and United's pressing/discipline has been largely good.

Pochettino, meanwhile, will be keen to see his team return to the sort of form they displayed during the opening few minutes. Their confidence has sapped badly and Kane is cutting an increasingly isolated figure in the final third.



Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham


A rare attack from Tottenham is easily seen off as United immediately get 11 men back behind the ball. Van Gaal will be pleased with the discipline displayed by his side so far.

The first-half ends with a powerful shot from Alderweireld that is deflected and held by Romero.


The game has entered something of a late first-half lull, but that will suit Tottenham rather nicely in the final few minutes before half-time.

They will be pleased to return to their dressing room at 0-1 given how their early confidence has been shattered by conceding the first goal.


United continuing to threaten with Mata the architect. The affable Spaniard cuts inside from the right and feeds Schneiderlin, who attempts to zip a lofted ball through to Depay or Rooney but he hits it too hard and the danger is averted.


A good interception from Schneiderlin sees the lively Mata collect possession. Tottenham's defenders converge to block his initial shot but he is afforded a second effort due to a lethargic clearance from Bentaleb. Vorm is sent scrambling but it goes wide.


I must confess that I'm not a particular fan of this new Premier League ball. It rather looks like someone has decided to decapitate poor Spiderman.