Ratings: Lukaku the Man of the Match, Martial with the goal in Manchester United victory

Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. It was a close encounter for Jose Mourinho’s side, who started much better than their opposition, having two chances in the first 15 minutes or so of the game. Spurs eventually got themselves into the match, albeit late to make an impact. United had more chances, so did Spurs.

Dele Alli could have broken the deadlock with Romelu Lukaku heading against the post seconds later. It was destined to be a 0-0 draw at the time. Mourinho made three changes in the game, bringing Jesse Lingard on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial on for Marcus Rashford and Matteo Darmian on for Ashley Young.

It was the second change who would be the biggest impact in the match though. The Frenchman won the game for United, coming on late as he did early in the season, scoring goals against West Ham United, Swansea City and Everton, coming on after the 70th minute in all four matches (including this one).

Mourinho’s side will host Benfica in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, seeking a place in the knockout stages of the competition with a victory, before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Premier League champions Chelsea next Sunday.

Goals: Anthony Martial 81′

Assists: Romelu Lukaku 81′

Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young (Darmian 90+3′); Mkhitaryan (Lingard 65′), Rashford (Martial 70′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind; Mata, McTominay

Bookings: Antonio Valencia 74′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper had little to do against Spurs, despite it being tipped as one of the biggest matches of the season, the occasion was clearly not felt by Spurs.


3 Eric Bailly

Bailly is back and so are Manchester United. Coincidence? He was calm and assured in his play, keeping United going and being a leader at the back. Two interceptions ad five clearances, also stopped Alli from taking advantage.


Chris Smalling

The England international looked comfortable both on and off the ball against Spurs. Made more clearances (9) than any other player. Picked apart passes and did what United needed. Lifeline at the club if he continues to play well.


4 Phil Jones

Jones seems to be in that uncomfortable position in defence for United, despite being more than confident at the start of the season. Injury and a lack of fitness could be the issue. Seemed to avoid calamatous errors which have cost United in the past, which is good.


25 Antonio Valencia

Ran the game up the right flank, not having to do much defensive work in the opening stages of the match. Had a thunderous effort which scraped the crossbar (it could have ben his second spectacular goal this season). He's going to be a tough player to replace when United need to, especially after his recent form over the past few seasons.


31 Nemanja Matic

Another good performance from the Serbian. Made four interceptions and three blocks, also winning three out of five of his aerial duels. Matic has been the player United needed in midfield for some time, with Pogba and Fellaini back in the team, United will be much more dominant in the midfield area.


21 Ander Herrera

Herrera was composed against Spurs and kept his head when he needed to. Made eleven tackles, winning three of them. On the ball, Herrera needs to get better. Not sure where he fits in when Pogba, and Fellaini are both back from injury.


18 Ashley Young

I cannot fault Young after today's performance. He was the player United needed in the left wing back role. His crosses were better, his attacking was good and he had the kind of determination that kept pushing United to do better.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

His second half performance was better than the first. A turn in the box kept United in possession and pushing for a goal, only for Spurs to avoid conceding. He was replaced by Lingard just as he was getting much better in the game, possibly saving him for Benfica on Tuesday.


10 Marcus Rashford

Rashford was the bright spark for United against Spurs. The player, albeit his last match as a teenager, to start things and aiming to get his tean ahead. Made some poor decisions with the ball and was hooked for Martial with twenty minutes left.


Romelu Lukaku

Man of the Match for me. Played well and tried to get his side ahead early on. Was not able to score, despite having changed, heading against the post just after Alli missed at the other end was the best. Assisted for Martial with a header, helping to earn three poimts for his club.



14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Could have put United 2-0 up with his run, only chased by Eriksen - which would have ended a good week.


9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Rashford. Scored the winner in the 81st minute of the match with Lukaku assisting him from a header. The Frenchman played well in his twenty-minute cameo, scoring his fourth Premier League goal after coming on as a substitute.


Matteo Darmian

Replaced Young. Too late to get involved in the game.


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