Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester United

10 Apr

Tottenham kept their Premier League title hopes alive with three goals in six second-half minutes in a 3-0 win over Manchester United.

Match Reports: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester UnitedMatch Reports: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester United

It looked like Louis van GaalÂ’s side would take at least a point away from White Hart Lane with the game goalless approaching the final 20 minutes.

However, after Dele Alli put Spurs in front, the north Londoners ran riot with further quick goals from Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld sealing a vital win which moves them back to within seven points of Premier League leaders Leicester, who won 2-0 at Sunderland earlier on Sunday.

United stay fifth and are four points adrift of Manchester City with their Champions League qualification hopes taking a big hit with this defeat.

United showed no signs of been disrupted by the half-hour delay to the kick off caused by them being stuck in the London traffic as they comfortably kept Spurs at bay in the opening exchanges.

Indeed the first significant shot on goal came in the 18th minute when Harry Kane got on the end of LamelaÂ’s low cross into the middle from the left, but David de Gea produced a good point-blank save. However the offside flag raised on the far side meant it wouldnÂ’t have counted anyway.

The game finally came to life in the 25th minute when Christian Eriksen went close with an effort from outside the area which dropped past the far post.

Two minutes later De Gea fumbled a ball into the box down to the feet of Kane who couldnÂ’t get his shot off at goal.

However United couldnÂ’t fully clear their lines and Eriksen floated a cross towards the back post for Lamela who somehow guided his header wide despite being unmarked and with the goal gaping.

Spurs continued to press for an opening goal and just before the half-hour mark Kyle Walker surged past Marcos Rojo and into the right side of the area but Timothy Fosu-Mensah threw his body in front of the full-backÂ’s effort to block it.

Tottenham also had the first attempt of the second half with Eriksen looking to catch out De Gea with an effort from the left towards the front post, but the Spanish custodian managed to beat it away.

Moments later Erik DierÂ’s deflected long-range strike was held by De Gea as Spurs looked to turn the screw on the visitors.

Anthony Martial created UnitedÂ’s best chance of the game on 62 minutes as he burst between Walker and Dier before seeing his effort well saved by Hugo Lloris.

Spurs responded positively with Rose getting in down the left and his cross deflected towards the goal, but De Gea got down well to make the save.

However Spurs’ pressure finally paid off on 70 minutes when they won a scrap for the ball inside the United half of the pitch and it was played out to Eriksen who then picked out Alli from the left and he slid his effort past De Gea.

It sparked a crazy six-minute spell in which the hosts took the game out of UnitedÂ’s reach.

On 74 minutes Lamela made up for his first-half miss when he superbly guided RoseÂ’s low cross from the left past De Gea with a first-time effort in the middle of the area.

Two minutes later Alderweireld made it 3-0 as he jumped highest in the area to meet LamelaÂ’s free-kick and guided his header past De Gea.

Kane almost got in on the act on 79 minutes but De Gea managed to tip his looping header from a Lamela corner over the crossbar.

Walker then got on the end of a Lamela cross from the left but could only guide his effort off the far post, although the offside flag was raised against him.

Mousa Dembele should have put the icing on the cake in stoppage time but he toe-poked his effort straight at De Gea in the area.


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