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Anthony Martial On Target As Manchester United Beat Tottenham

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A late goal (81′) by the substitute, Anthony Martial who came on for Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United three points at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial scored a late goal to give Manchester United a lone goal victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The goal came in the 81st minute of the keenly contested match. Tottenham had just been ruled offside when David de Gea sent down a whistling goal kick.

Lukaku headed it into the path of Anthony Martial, who beats two Spurs defenders and slots home.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s breakaway effort secured an identical result in this fixture last season after Spurs had dominated possession and it was a similar story here as Mauricio Pochettino’s men struggled without injured talisman Harry Kane.

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The England man was absent with a hamstring injury, Pochettino choosing Son Heung-min over Fernando Llorente in attack, but Pep Guardiola’s branding of Spurs as “the Harry Kane team” may be revisited after they failed to break down United’s stiff defence.

The goalscorer came in the 70th minute and helped Jose Mourinho’s side edge close to city rivals, Manchester City, who would be visiting West Bromwich Albion.

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We would return to give you the highlights of the other matches.

Key Opta stats

  • Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in each of their first five home league games of a season for the first time since 2007/08.
  • Spurs have lost consecutive games (in all competitions) for the first time since February (defeats against Liverpool and Gent).
  • The Red Devils have kept six consecutive home clean sheets in the league; they last managed more in March 2010 (7).
  • United have now scored 10 goals in the last 10 minutes of their Premier League games this season, accounting for 43% of their total.
  • Anthony Martial has been involved in five goals in his last five Premier League games at Old Trafford (3 goals, 2 assists).
  • Martial has bagged a league-high four goals as a sub in the Premier League this season.
  • Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 10 goals in the Premier League this season (7 goals, 3 assists), a joint-high along with Sergio Aguero.
  • Only three of Tottenham’s 13 shots in the game came in the second-half, with none of their four shots on target coming after the break.
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