Premier League | Sunday Dec 11 2016 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,271 | Scorers: Mkhitaryan 29 min
The Armenian maestro, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, scored for the second successive match as Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hot Spur at Old Trafford on Sunday.
MANUTD reported that after three consecutive draws in the Premier League, it was a welcome three points and a resilient display from Jose Mourinho’s men, who cut the gap behind Spurs in the table to three points with a repeat scoreline of last season’s corresponding fixture.
The expensive Frenchman, Paul Pogba, nearly added to the lead in the second half with a sensational free-kick from a distance which struck the woodwork and bounced off.
The Spanish Armada, David De Gea, was back in goal in place of Argentine goalie, Sergio Romero. De Gea produced a fine save to tip over Son’s effort from 20 yards and protect United’s lead heading into the halftime break.
United may have seized the momentum as the recent top scorer Ibrahimovic almost added to his 13 goals this season, five minutes later, as his low shot was kept out by Lloris.
Possession: United 41% Tottenham 59%
Shots: United 11 Tottenham 7
Shots on target: United 4 Tottenham 2
Corners: United 2 Tottenham 4
With 20 minutes remaining, Jose Mourinho introduced teenage sensation Marcus Rashford in place of Anthony Martial as United pushed for the second goal. But there was a concern when Mkhitaryan was caught on the heel by Danny Rose, who was booked for the challenge, and after being treated for several minutes was taken off on a strtecher and replaced by Eric Bailly.
Possession: United 40% Tottenham 60%
Shots: United 15 Tottenham 12
Shots on target: United 5 Tottenham 4
Corners: United 3 Tottenham 8
United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera (Fellaini 90+6); Mkhitaryan (Bailly 85), Pogba, Martial (Rashford 71); Ibrahimovic.
Substitutes: Romero, Blind, Mata, Rooney.
Booked: Valencia, Pogba, Mkhitaryan
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele (Winks 67); Eriksen (Nkoudou 83), Alli, Son (Sissoko 57); Kane.
Subs not used: Vorm, Wimmer, Davies, Dier.
Booked: Wanyama, Walker, Rose
United may have come back to her winning ways – I hope!
Up Man U!