Man United find footing with good win over high-flying Spurs

Man United find footing with good win over high-flying Spurs

BRUNO FERNANDES completed an impressive Manchester United win over Tottenham BRILLIANT as Erik ten Hag’s men put on their best performance of the season.

Three days after a frustrating goalless home draw with Newcastle, United put on an exceptional performance to edge their Champions League qualifying rivals at rocking Old Trafford.

Antonio Conte’s Spurs were on the backfoot from the start and United emerged 2-0 winners as an impressive deflected strike from Fred was followed by a superb curling shot from captain Fernandes.

It was Ten Hag’s best performance of the summer tenure and started with Antony hitting the outside post before Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris made a series of key saves.

United had 19 shots in a one-sided opening period and took a deserved lead 76 seconds after half-time when Ben Davies accidentally deflected Fred’s low drive home.

The hosts continued to play confidently and ended the game in the 69th minute when Fernandes coolly curled past Lloris on a night when the pathetic Spurs were lucky not to lose further.

Both sides made one substitution for Wednesday’s game, with Yves Bissouma replacing injured Spurs striker Richarlison and Marcus Rashford replacing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Conte gave a warm hug to former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen – who he coached at Inter Milan – as the sides kicked off, with Rodrigo Bentancur having the first shot of the night.

But it was a false dawn for Spurs as they spent the opening period hanging for their lives.

Lloris played a key role in keeping the hosts at bay but breathed a sigh of relief early on as his first save was the least convincing of the night, narrowly stopping Antony from throwing him out of position.

The 35-year-old shoved a Fred drive out of the resulting corner and Antony soon got close with a flick from the edge of the box, clipping the outside of the post after being allowed to cut his left foot.

Matt Doherty rolled wide on a rare trip forward from Spurs, who were pinned back and Lloris was grateful they’d made a big save as Fred deftly left Rashford behind.

The France international made another key stop to prevent a 25-yard free-kick from Fernandes from finding the top left corner, then knocked over a sizzling Luke Shaw volleyball as the one-way traffic continued.

Rashford saw an attempt blocked and Fernandes took off, with Casemiro just missing a 30-yard drive as United’s efforts lifted the home crowd.

Conte and Bentancur had a heated exchange on the touchline towards the end of a half that ended with Harry Kane having Spurs’ first shot on goal just before half-time.

The game was scoreless at half-time but United’s breakthrough came shortly after the restart.

Jadon Sancho lay back to allow Fred to parry a shot that hit Spurs defenders Davies and Lloris in front of the ecstatic Stretford End.

Rashford upped the volume shortly after, showing superb skill and poise as he was put together by two Spurs defenders to create space and force Lloris to make a save.

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Kane’s shot at the other end was a shot across the bow as the England skipper’s attempt from a tight angle was saved by David De Gea, unaware the offside flag would be raised.

United pulled out after that chance when referee Simon Hooper allowed play to continue and extended his advantage.

The ball bounced around and Fernandes kept his cool as Fred saw a try blocked and deflected a curling attempt past Lloris from the box.

The Spurs goalkeeper saved Fernandes from a daisy cutter and stopped Rashford with one hand as United continued their rise.

Fernandes thought he had scored a nice second goal in the 81st minute. The Portuguese set Lloris down and vaulted past him into an empty net, only to see the offside flag go up after Rashford’s through ball.

It would have been icing on the cake for United not being able to celebrate with Ronaldo after the final whistle.

The unused substitute worked his way through the tunnel before the clock struck 90, potentially adding an unnecessary sideshow to the end of a great night for his team.

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