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The magic of the FA Cup loomed large over the horizon of Huish Park as Yeovil Town welcomed Manchester United for a tantalising fourth round clash at the end of January. Having bested Bradford City last time out, the League Two outfit were handed a dream tie against the Red Devils on home soil - and the potential for one of the greatest cup upsets of all-time was on the minds of everyone associated with Darren Way's team. 90min's Year of the Underdog series has followed a number of clubs into...
VIDEO: Behind the Scenes as Yeovil Host Man Utd in FA Cup Fourth Round - Year of the Underdog
The magic of the FA Cup loomed large over the horizon of Huish Park as Yeovil Town welcomed Manchester United for a tantalising fourth round clash at the end of January. Having bested Bradford City last time out, the League Two outfit were handed a dream tie against the Red Devils on home soil - and the potential for one of the greatest cup upsets of all-time was on the minds of everyone associated with Darren Way's team. 90min's Year of the Underdog series has followed a number of clubs into...
The magic of the FA Cup loomed large over the horizon of Huish Park as Yeovil Town welcomed Manchester United for a tantalising fourth round clash at the end of January. Having bested Bradford City last time out, the League Two outfit were handed a dream tie against the Red Devils on home soil - and the potential for one of the greatest cup upsets of all-time was on the minds of everyone associated with Darren Way's team. 90min's Year of the Underdog series has followed a number of clubs into...
VIDEO: Behind the Scenes as Yeovil Host Man Utd in FA Cup Fourth Round - Year of the Underdog
The magic of the FA Cup loomed large over the horizon of Huish Park as Yeovil Town welcomed Manchester United for a tantalising fourth round clash at the end of January. Having bested Bradford City last time out, the League Two outfit were handed a dream tie against the Red Devils on home soil - and the potential for one of the greatest cup upsets of all-time was on the minds of everyone associated with Darren Way's team. 90min's Year of the Underdog series has followed a number of clubs into...
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Bradford City sack club legend Stuart McCall after six consecutive defeats
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Tottenham 2 Man Utd 0: Christian Eriksen's 11-second strike and Phil Jones' own goal sink outplayed Reds
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.
Gone in 10.5 seconds. Precisely. Jose Mourinho spoke about having the ammunition to compete but this was a night in which Manchester United’s big guns fired blanks; a night in which they fell behind to Tottenham Hotspur in the very first attack and struggled to compete after that. It was a night in which new signing Alexis Sanchez, making his first Premier League start, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and, especially, Paul Pogba struggled. Pogba, a bag of indiscipline in a deeper midfield role that required far more nous, barely lasted an hour before being hooked. Big names, big signings, big fail against a Spurs side orchestrated imperiously by Christian Eriksen. United back-fired. Mourinho lashed out at his players for failing to follow instructions but the manager, too, got it wrong. He has to decide how he is going to use Pogba because, like this, his team were far too open. They were far too un-Mourinho like. Wrong formation, wrong tactics and defensively United were a shambles with the central pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggling to cope. Jones was simply bullied by Harry Kane. And this in front of a Wembley crowd of 81,978 – a new Premier League record. Spurs needed to win – and needed to win against one of their rivals - and did just that, opening up a six-point gap ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal and reducing their deficit behind second-placed United. Spurs were better-organised and wanted this more. It means just five points separate the four teams behind runaway leaders Manchester City. United’s woe was summed up when Mourinho subbed the sub, just seven minutes after Marouane Fellaini came on with the midfielder having suffered a knee injury while, later on, Sanchez was seen in that default position he adopted of late for Arsenal: sitting on the turf, arms outstretched, appealing for a perceived injustice. Marouane Fellaini is subbed off after just eight minutes Credit: PA The start was simply extraordinary. Five touches from kick-off and the ball was in the United net with Jan Vertonghen launching it forward for Kane to challenge Jones. It skimmed off the United defender and was latched onto by Dele Alli whose miscued shot deflected off Smalling, running into the path of the onrushing Eriksen. He gleefully curled it around a stunned David De Gea. The stadium clock read 10 seconds. The precise confirmation later came in at 10.5 seconds which meant it was the third-fastest goal in Premier League history behind Alan Shearer’s strike, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle United against Manchester City in 2003 and the fastest of all by another Spurs player, Ledley King, against Bradford City in 2000. That was just 9.9 seconds. It was also Eriksen’s 50th goal for Spurs and since he signed for the club, in 2013, only Kane has scored more. And there was one more morsel of food for thought: replays showed that Kane had encroached into the United half just as the kick-off was taken, allowing him to get far enough forward to reach Vertonghen’s long ball. Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) It did provoke a strong response from United with a couple of chances – Jesse Lingard was denied by Hugo Lloris, with his outstretched left boot, while Lukaku burst into the penalty area but his cut-back to Anthony Martial fell short and the Spurs goalkeeper smothered. It felt like another goal was coming and Jones provided it but only with a perfect, side-footed finish. Into his own goal. It came as Kieran Trippier fired in a low cross and Jones intercepted before it got to Kane, with the ball flying past De Gea. It capped a miserable half, which turned into a miserable match for Jones who had been dominated by Kane and panicked into errors. Phil Jones after scoring an own goal Credit: AFP Again United attempted an immediate response and Lloris did well to turn away a fierce drive from Martial, after he slalomed into the area, while Pogba had to do better than volley over from Smalling’s header across goal from the corner. But it was Spurs who finished the half strongly and probably should have had a penalty when Anthony Valencia slid in on Alli as he prepared to shoot. The appeals were waved away by referee Andre Marriner and he was waving away appeals by United, early in the second-half, when Sanchez’s attempt to head a corner back across goal was blocked by Heung-min Son with his arm. Again it appeared a penalty should have been awarded. There was one more chance for United with another near-post shot, this time from Lukaku, but again it was turned away by Lloris. Mourinho, with his hands stuffed in his jacket, made changes but it did not provoke a response. United appeared spent; appeared bereft of ideas and it was Spurs who dominated. Harry Kane shoots wide Credit: AP It could have been more. It probably should have been more. As well as Kane played, his shooting was unusually awry as he snatched at opportunities, or failed to connect properly, although he was right to be furious with Son after the Korean was put through by Eriksen, with another sublime pass, only for him to hammer a shot at De Gea who beat it out for a corner. Son should simply have squared for Kane who would have had a tap in. It was Spurs who continued to push, with Sanchez showing his frustration after he was kicked by Alli which led to some pushing and shoving. Pochettino was not taking any chances and withdrew Alli. The game was won. The damage was done. United, damningly, had nothing left. 9:53PM Full time: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0 A 'statement' win (jargon alert) for Spurs at the start of a hard run. Liverpool, NEWPORT, Arsenal and Juventus next. Man Utd's back four won't be much fun on the ride home. 2-0 ft.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 Two Telegraph men at the ground, Jason Burt and Paul Hayward, will have their verdicts imminently. 9:52PM 90 mins There are going to be three minutes of injury time. Lamela clear and in the area with a chance to put the cherry on the top, but he fires over. That is full time. 9:51PM 89 mins Looking again at replays, Fellaini was clutching his leg and looked to have pulled something. With regret, I think we must say 'case closed' and that him storming off was a reaction of disappointment and not anger. 9:46PM 87 mins Spurs have a freekick just outside the United area. More drama from Sanchez, yelling as if he's being murdered when he's tackled. Him and Jose are going to be great fun together. 9:44PM 85 mins Could see Marouane as a cricketer. Fire and brimstone fast bowler, genuine rabbit with the bat. Fellaini's heatmap today �� #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/SbwhL4C2nt— Tomás (@MwesigwaThomas) January 31, 2018 9:43PM 84 mins Really first rate foul by Alli on Sanchez there. A proper comedy playground trip, or the sort of trip a popular boy would do on a weed in the canteen (I am not advocating this as a way to behave). Just upends him from behind. Sanchez, predictably, goes tonto. 9:42PM More on Marouane Don't share the view at all that BT Sport were telling any "lies" but this is an angle. Fellaini was not pulled off for tactical reasons. He was limping and clutching at his leg a number of times before coming off. Please don't listen to the lies that you hear on BT Sport. It was a substitution that had to be made by Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/W5hEjj209j— ً (@UTDSVERYOWN) January 31, 2018 Meanwhile in the football, it is all Spurs. 9:39PM 80 mins Fellaini unhappy as they try to drag him down the tunnel #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/mSauEgoxrT— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 31, 2018 9:38PM 79 mins What happened with Fellaini, then? Word from Jason Burt at Wembley: "injured." United gubbed by Spurs but we are talking about the Fellaini subbing. pic.twitter.com/7rZcd7Pn2N— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 31, 2018 = Looked bloody furious about something, anyway;. 9:37PM 78 mins Here's Fellaini's touch map. Fellaini touch map Credit: BT Sport 9:33PM 76 mins Eriksen. To Kane. Lovely ball. Shoots low and hard, but just wide. United epically awful at the moment. 9:33PM 75 mins Anyway, back to the football. 9:31PM MOURINHO HAS TAKEN FELLAINI OFF I dunno if he is injured. Fellaini does not seem to be hurt. But he is coming off. Has Mourinho gone full banana? He's taken Fellaini off, Marouane has ripped off his United jersey and stalked down the tunnel in his under shirt. He must be hurt, right? Otherwise that is really sensational 9:27PM 68 mins Son! Eriksen plays it through, Son drills it hard at the near post when much the better option surely was the unmarked Kane in the centre. 9:25PM 65 mins There's a fragility about Spurs which still suggests to me that a United goal would lead to two United goals, but things are not right for the Reds. Well pinned back now. Spurs playing it around. Davies shoots from distance. Nah. Shortly afterwards, another patient attack from Spurs, this one ends with Kane shooting from distance. Again, no real threat. 9:22PM 62 mins Martial looking promising in this run down the left, into the box. Pogba's last action was to lose the ball to Harry Kane. Poor night from PP. Not sure he's quite in his correct position as 50% of a midfield two sitting deep behind four out-and-out attackers. 9:21PM 61 mins Lingard is coming off and my man Marouane is coming on. And, wow, Pogba is also coming off, he does not look too happy. Mata the man on, 9:14PM 56 mins Pogba with a wonderful garryowen that frees Lukaku, the ball comes down with ice on it and spins back perfectly into the path of the big man, who fires at goal. Lloris turns it over. Lukaku used his strength to great effect there, Davies the man he overpowered. 9:13PM 55 mins Alli, I think possibly more by luck than judgement has swung a boot to produce a sliced ball right on a plae for Kane. He shoots wide. 9:12PM 53 mins United have a chance to get back into this when Sanchez wins a corner. Delivered in to that man Sanchez who heads that ball, it hits Son on the hand. Not really Son's fault so I think no pen is the right call. 9:07PM 49 mins United are all over the shop. Further sloppy play, Son gets the ball and shoots just wide form the edge of the box. God knows what is wrong with United... 9:07PM 48 mins It's all Spurs! Alli down the flank, crosses low, and Valencia shows great composure as he plays out of defence. 9:04PM 46 mins Wonder if they let Sanchez do any half time yelling yet? Anyhoo, it's Spurs who are out of the traps much the quicker. Kane into the box, DRILLS a shot at the keeper... ah, offside. Blimey. What is up with Man United? 8:58PM Graham Poll on that pen "He wipes out Alli there, that should have been a penalty. You can tell from the angle behind the goal, but not from the angle Andre had. "On that kick off, VAR would not have affected the decision there because it came from a restaff." 8:48PM Half time: Tottenham 2 Man United 0 10.48 seconds to break the deadlock, then a Phil Jones own goal pearler. Sanchez looks aghast. Mourinho stormed off about 7 minutes before the whistle. This is glorious stuff. 8:46PM 44 mins Lengthy delay while Son gets treatment. I like the idea of Mourinho pacing the dressing room waiting for everyone. Eventually it's played forward, Kane latches on to it... this should be it! No, he has muffed it. God alone knows what is wrong with United, but they're lucky not to be even further behind. 8:43PM 43 mins Jose, the massive drama queen, is already out of the dugout and into the tunnel, disappearing from view. 8:40PM 39 mins Tottingham have a freekick down the right, whipped in by Eriksen. Dier meets it, gets plenty of it, but fails to hit the target. Maybe Sanchez has some sort of expanding forcefield around him that means his teammates play like they're wearing big floppy clown shoes. Maybe it's him that's been the problem all along.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 31, 2018 8:39PM 37 mins Phil Jones is having a bit of a classic here. He's been given a yellow for fouling H Kane, bit harsh to my eyes. He barely touched him. It's because he's big, isn't it? A smaller man would have got away with that all day long. 8:37PM 36 mins I fancy Sanchez for a card. Frustration showing. Down the left here, loses it. Out for a throw. 8:36PM 33 mins Son shoots from distance but that's halfway to Finchley Road. 8:32PM 31 mins Spurs want a pen! And you can see the point of view. Valenica has hurled himself into the tackle, very risky, but he gets away with it. Credit: BT Sport 8:31PM 29 mins Martial opens Spurs up with his pace and goes close. Lloris had to look lively to turn that to safety. Now Pogba has a really good chance at the back post but seems to wimp out of challenging for the ball. Alli was ready to meet him full blooded. Pogba taking an earful from Mourinho for vacating the space alongside Matic. Not Pogba's natural position, but he's been asked to play that deeper role.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 8:29PM GOAL! Phil Jones own goal! Spurs goal gif Poor Phil. The ball is crossed in from Trippier, low and hard. Phil Jones has met it crisply and absolutely murdered it into the back of his own net. Own goal: Man Utd ( 28 min ) It was a hell of a finish. 8:26PM 25 mins Talking of not getting your head up to spot a team-mate, Alli is down the right here, excellent posiiton. Son! Son! Son is in the middle. Dele does not see it until too late. 8:25PM 24 mins LAst time these sides met there was some enjoyable argy-bargy between Alli and Young Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United in October Credit: Getty Young allegedly told him "come back to me when you have won the Premier League." 8:24PM 22 mins Kane into the box! One touch, and a shot.... but it's easy for the keeper. Good chance! 8:23PM 20 mins I make that the first dispirited shrug from Alexis at the poor decision making (ie not giving the ball to Alexis) of an MUFC teammate. Miss: Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) The shrug came after Martial tore down the wing, failed to look up and spot support in the area and then fired well over. 8:19PM 18 mins Dembele is booked for a foul on Trippier. 8:18PM 16 mins Not sure if Kane is doing it deliberately, but he's just caught Alexis again. Paul Pogba, who has been desperately quiet so far, hoofs a freekick gormlessly into nowhere. 8:16PM 15 mins Lingard with a really good run, slips it to Romelu, who nearly manages to bundle through. 8:15PM 14 mins Alexis onto the ball, Kane tackles him and catches him on the ankle. 8:12PM 10 mins Dear old Phil Jones doing what he does best, throwing his junkyard dog's body in front of a shot. Corner. 8:08PM 5 mins Kane was in the opponent's half at the kick off. Credit: BT Sport 1 If only there was some form of recording technology that they could use to retrospectively check goals. 8:05PM 2 mins Remarkable start. And here come United at the other end.... looking dangerous. Ashley Young plays it in from the left and it is nearly tapped in by Romelu Lukaku at the far post. 8:01PM GOAL SPURS! Spurs goal gif 11 second goal! Eriksen! The commentator describes it as a brilliant goal, not too sure about, but it is certainly a quick goal. From the kick off, played to Jan V, who hoofs it forward. Kane nods it on, Son has a swing, completely miscues and manages to smear it into the path of Eriksen who fires home. Scenes Spurs 1 - 0 Man Utd (Christian Eriksen, 1 min) 8:00PM 1 mins The Rhyme of the Andre Marriner blows the whistle. 8:00PM Likes a trip to Wembley does the boy Alexis. Credit: BT Sport 7:54PM Owen's boyish excitement at being allowed to do kicking of the ball into the goal in that clip inevitably put one in mind of this deconstructivist masterpiece. The Assassination of a 13-Year-Old Goalkeeper by the Coward Michael Owen:https://t.co/k88nmymsOw My favourite clip:https://t.co/pp9gUhoBw0— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 13, 2016 7:42PM Michael Owen and Harry Keane have been doing some shooting drills. Credit: BT Harry: "I always think to go across goal, that's always been my first half. Hard for the keeper. "30 yards, you just want to hit the target, get the wobble on it. "I have always wanted to prove people wrong" he says of a relatively late run to true excellence. "Volleying is such a hard technique, your brain has to go into slow motion, just wait..." Michael Owen: "once I started to score hat-tricks I started to put my balls in frames." 7:38PM Window into Lineker's mind Good to see Harry Redknapp on @btsport. Feel they’ve missed a trick, though, not having him do his punditry leaning out of a car window.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2018 7:37PM A nice problem to have ... but... where does this leave Jose with regard to Marcus Rashford? Credit: BT Sport Tony Martial must also feel that he has been put on notice. Do those two young men choose to learn from the mighty Sanchez, or do they shrink and sulk at his arrival? 7:35PM Here's how the teams might line up Credit: BT Sport 7:32PM Here are the quotes from that interview YOU SIGNED YOUR CONTRACT LAST WEEK. WHOSE SIGNING WAS MORE IMPORTANT? YOUR'S OR ALEXIS? Alexis. And the club did amazingly well, the owners giving it the green light, Mr Woodward… WHERE DO YOU SEE UNITED IN 2020? Better than now, fighting for what we are fighting for now, but with different ammunition. Are we looking to win every competition, yes, but probably we won’t, I see us being real contenders for everything but that is the level we want to achieve HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? I didn’t. In the morning we travel to Yeovil, after we prepare for game, after the game it was 11pm and then I don’t want to enjoy at that time. I have lots of cakes - club cake, players’ cake, my family’s cake. YOU SEEM HAPPIER NOW? IN THE PAST YOU’VE SEEMED GRUMPY? That’s because people doesn’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes maybe with some silly jokes but press conferences, I don’t like it, no. Football matches, I am focused on the match, pre match I have interviews, post match, I have interviews, it’s two parts of the pressure of the game so maybe the people they get it wrong. The paparrazi who sleeps in the door of the Lowry hotel he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping. He sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day and he can’t get a good picture YOU ARE 2nd in LEAGUE. DO UTD GET ENOUGH CREDIT City deserves more credit. With the points we have we would normally be with the distance of four or five and really really in the fight for the title. So we are doing good things and deserve some credit. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. 7:31PM Jose Mourinho has given an interview to BT Sport Credit: BT Sport "I think I am a funny guy sometimes. Press conferences I do not like. I focus on the match." 7:12PM Team sheet from the Wembley press room Spurs v Man Utd pic.twitter.com/hbucq3LLvB— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 31, 2018 7:11PM He looks quite sweet �� Welcome to Spurs, @LucasMoura7! ����#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/xDdckxPbBr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 getting his medical. Wonder if he got a lolly afterwards. 7:06PM Ceiling Cat I think Lucas Moura has a ceiling but he represents great value in this market and is what Spurs have been after for 18 months— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 27, 2018 7:03PM That man Alexis is in the XI. #TOTMUN team news: Alexis Sanchez makes his first Premier League start for Man Utd https://t.co/C59LCpbadipic.twitter.com/0Igl6RHqGb— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2018 7:02PM Here are Man United The team news is in! Here’s your #MUFC starting XI for our @PremierLeague game against Tottenham… #TOTMUNpic.twitter.com/u6WTNtnzwE— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2018 7:01PM Here is the Spurs side #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/ReyAxSKYBB— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 6:56PM Shake �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 This is the sort of handshake Mark Hughes should be getting angry about. Big night: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Wembley prior to the Premier League match against Manchester United Credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 6:53PM Spurs have a shiny new signing ���� @LucasMoura7 has a message for you all...#BemVindoLucaspic.twitter.com/IFWF5VxICA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 and have made him do a video. 6:40PM Good evening An important Premier League match for both of these teams, and a very busy evening of football. There are seven Premier League fixtures on tonight, and these two sides are acutely aware that there can be no slip ups in the battle for Champions League places. United on 53 points, Tottenham on 45 know that Man City and Chelsea both have should-win home fixtures against WBA and Bournemouth respectively. The days of "lads, it's Tottenham" have gone for good for United, but they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season, so travel to the capital with plenty of reason for optimism.