Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham

  • Anthony Martial comes off the bench to notch a late winner for Manchester United at a rain-soaked Old Trafford
  • French forward slots past Hugo Lloris after Romelu Lukaku flicks on a long David De Gea free-kick
  • Lukaku had earlier hit the post during a somewhat scrappy affair between title rivals low on quality
  • Dele Alli spurned Tottenham's best chance as the visitors struggled to prove themselves capable of prospering in the absence of injured talisman Harry Kane
  • A fifth consecutive home win without conceding means that the Red Devils stay second and trim the gap to Manchester City to two points before the leaders take on West Brom
  • Spurs stay third, although Arsenal and Chelsea could be just a point behind them by the end of the day
  • Live: Arsenal vs Swansea, Liverpool vs Huddersfield
Anthony martial

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We will also have live coverage of the teatime contest between Bournemouth and Chelsea a little later on.

Goodbye for now.


So Martial's late intervention is enough for United to claim all three points. A fifth successive home win without conceding means they stay second and trim the gap to Manchester City to just two points before the leaders face West Brom this afternoon.

Mourinho's men host Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday before travelling to Chelsea in their last fixture before the next international break.

Spurs struggle to prove themselves capable of firing without Kane and will hope to welcome back their talisman for the visit of Real Madrid on Wednesday. Next up in the top-flight is a home London derby against struggling Crystal Palace.




Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham


Mourinho moves to run down the clock by making his final sub. Young makes way for Matteo Darmian.


Three minutes of added time for Tottenham to find an equaliser.


Lingard wastes the chance to put this game beyond reach as he fires over on the break under pressure from Eriksen.

Spurs had overloaded the United box from a free-kick.


Substitute Martial may have just won this game for United with only nine minutes remaining.

It's route one stuff from United with Lukaku gaining separation from Alderweireld and flicking on De Gea's long free-kick.

Martial drifts in behind Vertonghen and Dier and collects the ball before slotting low beyond Lloris.


Anthony Martial


Goal: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham (Anthony Martial)


Alli has the ball in the net, but Aurier had long since been flagged offside.


Now Lukaku goes agonisingly close after crashing a firm header against the base of the post. He towered above Alderweireld to connect with Lingard's cross.



Eriksen picks out Alli with a glorious lofted pass, but the England midfielder just allows the ball to roll over the top of his boot and a golden opportunity goes begging.


More disappointing lack of composure from Eriksen as he botches a second shooting attempt after being found in plenty of space by Dembele.


Lukaku drives at Belgian teammate Vertonghen and fires in a shot from a difficult angle that is tipped away by Lloris.

Valencia gets caught in a Dembele-Davies sandwich and hits the turf looking for a penalty. Instead, he receives a yellow card for his troubles.


Martial replaces Rashford and looks to make an immediate impact with an attempt at the acrobatic which is not executed particularly well.


Herrera and Dembele go nose-to-nose after a well-timed challenge from the latter, who feels his opponent went down too easily.

Rashford then puts too much power on a lofted pass towards Lukaku.

Ander Herrera and Mousa Dembele


Mourinho's first change sees Lingard replace Mkhitaryan.


A United corner falls to Valencia 20 yards out and the versatile Ecuadorian unleashes a venomous half-volley over the crossbar.

There would have been no stopping that.


A change in the final third for Spurs as Son makes way for a more conventional target man in Llorente.

The injury-plagued Mousa Dembele also comes on to make his first league appearance since early September. Sissoko is the man to go off.


There are some intriguing battles going on in the wet conditions as Dier slides in on Rashford and concedes the corner.

Pochettino looks to be preparing a couple of substitutes as we approach the hour mark.


Suddenly United lay siege to the Tottenham penalty area.

Davies come to Lloris' rescue as he crucially clears away from Rashford after his captain had spilled a shot from Mkhitaryan, who beat Harry Winks with a fine piece of skill.

Mkhitaryan's dangerous low delivery across the six-yard box is then deflected to safety and Lukaku sees a powerful shot blocked.

Finally some drama.


Eriksen fails to test De Gea with a disappointing strike that drifts well wide.


Young goes speeding down the left flank and fizzes in a low cross that is too far ahead of Rashford.


Herrera clutches his face in pain after being inadvertently caught by a loose arm from Alli.

The Spaniard quickly recovers.


Not a good start as Mkhitaryan blasts a free-kick out of play on the near side. Lukaku does not look best pleased with that effort.