Thursday 19 September 2019

Manchester United v Tottenham - story of the match

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan's thumping strike saw Manchester United overcome Tottenham and their Old Trafford struggles, but the in-form Armenian's serious-looking injury took the edge off Sunday's much-needed victory.

Promising displays have not brought with them anywhere near enough points this season, but United brought a frustrating run of four successive home Premier League draws to a timely halt.

Mkhitaryan marked another fine display with an excellent first-half strike against Tottenham, securing a 1-0 victory that the attacking midfielder was unable to celebrate properly after exiting on a stretcher.


"If I had any idea how to spell number 22's name I would commend him on an expert finish to give @ManUtd the lead." - Former England striker Gary Lineker.


Mkhitaryan. It seems almost inexplicable that the Armenian was left out of the United squad, never mind starting line-up, for so long this season. Mkhitaryan has grasped his opportunity to impress Jose Mourinho impressively, shining yet again as Spurs were overcome at Old Trafford. It was a shame to see the match-winner leave the pitch on a stretcher following a late challenge by Danny Rose.


Harry Kane's uncharacteristic sloppy pass was capitalised on with a cutting edge so often lacking in United's league campaign. Ander Herrera collected the ball and fed Mkhitaryan, who broke through and rifled home the winner.


United's victory ends a run of four successive Premier League draws at Old Trafford. Mourinho's side had won just one of eight league matches heading into Sunday's game.


Manchester United

David de Gea - 7

Antonio Valencia - 7

Phil Jones - 7

Marcos Rojo - 7

Matteo Darmian - 6

Michael Carrick - 7

Ander Herrera - 7

Paul Pogba - 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - 8

Anthony Martial - 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 7


Marcus Rashford (for Martial, 72mins) - 7

Eric Bailly (for Mkhitarayan, 84) - 6

Marouane Fellaini (for Herrera, 90+6) - 6


Hugo Lloris - 7

Kyle Walker - 7

Toby Alderweireld - 7

Jan Vertonghen - 6

Danny Rose - 6

Victor Wanyama - 6

Mousa Dembele - 5

Christian Eriksen - 5

Dele Alli - 5

Son Heung-Min - 6

Harry Kane - 4


Moussa Sissoko (for Son, 57 mins) - 7

Harry Winks (for Dembele, 67mins) - 5

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (for Eriksen, 83mins) - 5


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