Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent home record in this season’s Premier League by edging out rivals Tottenham on Saturday.Anthony Martial came off the bench to latch onto a Romelu Lukaku flick-on and settle a tight game at Old Trafford.
Spurs should have led moments earlier but Dele Alli who squared up to Ashley Young in the first half spurned a golden chance in  six yard box.

Manchester United (3-4-1-2)

David De Gea 7 – Still to concede a league goal at Old Trafford this season, and saved well from Eric Dier towards the end of the first half. Also started move for United’s goal with a booming kick.

Eric Bailly 7 – United were more solid for his return after a month out. He certainly didn’t allow Spurs to bully the defence as Huddersfield had done a week previously.

Chris Smalling 6.5 – Lacked conviction when bringing ball out of defence, choosing to go sideways or backwards instead of being a springboard for United attacks.

Phil Jones 7 – Old-school centre half whose importance was obvious when he went off injured at Huddersfield. Often the last line of defence yesterday.

Antonio Valencia 6.5 – The United armband fits him well but blotted copybook for diving over Mousa Dembele to try and win penalty. Caught a 20-yard shot brilliantly that flew just over. Booked.

Nemanja Matic 7 – Gave United’s back line good protection. Settled in well at Old Trafford after his surprising £40million move from Chelsea and showed good vision with his passing.

Ander Herrera 6.5– United’s winder-up-in-chief, he niggled Alli and claimed he was caught in the face by  Spurs man. Busy and energetic in the engine room in absence of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.

Ashley Young 7 – New lease of life under Jose Mourinho as an attacking left wing-back. Great delivery. Substituted.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5.5 – Burst into life at the start of second half with a shot that forced Hugo Lloris to parry. But overall contribution not good enough. Substituted.

Romelu Lukaku 6.5 – Five games without scoring but £75million striker gave a great assist to Martial and also hit the post with a thumping header.

Marcus Rashford 6.5 – Has assets in his game but can still improve on scoring bread-and-butter goals. Was beaten to a loose ball by Ben Davies when only a couple of yards out for a tap-in. Went close with a good free-kick. Substituted.


Jese Lingard 6.5 (for Mkhitaryan 65) – Produced a great cross which saw Lukaku hit the woodwork but wasted one-on-one chance to score United’s second.

Anthony Martial 7 (for Rashford 70) – Lifted United’s performance immediately and kept his composure to break  deadlock from Lukaku’s flick.

Matteo Darmian (for Young 90)

Subs unused: Sergio Romero (Gk), Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Scott McTominay

Manager Jose Mourinho 7 – United upped their tempo in  second half and he made the right changes.


Hugo Lloris 5.5 – Spurs skipper is looking more vulnerable than in recent seasons and was lucky United didn’t capitalise when he failed to hold Mkhitaryan’s shot. Made good save from Lukaku.

Eric Dier 6.5– Given  nod ahead of Davinson Sanchez but outjumped by Lukaku in build-up to United’s goal. Nearly scored himself at other end but denied by De Gea.

Toby Alderweireld 6.5 – Jermaine Jenas called the Belgian the best defender in the world and he looked it for 80 minutes until he was caught out by run of Martial for the key goal.

Jan Vertonghen 7 – A beast on the left-hand side of a back-three. Always willing to get more advanced and unlucky not to stop Martial with a last-ditch tackle.

Serge Aurier 6.5 – Plenty of intent from right back, spent a lot of time in more advanced positions than his midfielders.

Harry Winks 6 – Not an easy game for young midfielder and Mauricio Pochettino decided to give him help in second half by bringing on Dembele alongside.

Moussa Sissoko 5.5 – Lack of discipline a worry for Spurs with tendency to concede dangerous free-kicks. Made a mess of one of the visitors’ rare scoring opportunities, firing over. Substituted.

Ben Davies 7.5 – So good you wonder if Danny Rose might be allowed to make his dream move to Old Trafford. Made a brilliant clearance to deny Rashford a tap-in after Lloris had spilled Mkhitaryan’s shot.

Christian Eriksen 6 – Not his kind of game. Itsy-bitsy and scrappy, and he missed not having Kane ahead of him. One moment of magic put Alli through but he missed chance to score.

Son Heung-Min 6 – Ran hard but clearly not in Kane’s league as a centre forward. Still put in a great shift defensively in a tight game. Substituted.

Dele Alli 5.5 – Feisty afternoon, but unsuccessful. United felt he dived to win a free-kick from Jones and also caught Herrera with an elbow. Crucially, missed a chance at 0-0 when played in by Eriksson.


Fernando Llorente 5.5 (for Son 62) – Never got the success in  air that Pochettino would have hoped for.

Mousa Dembele 6 (for Sissoko 62) – Good to see him involved in a such a big fixture after troublesome foot problem.

Subs unused: Vorm (Gk), Sanchez, Trippier, Rose, Nkoudou

Manager Mauricio Pochettino 6 – Couldn’t find a way to win without Harry Kane.

Referee Jon Moss 7 – Alert to book Valencia for diving.

Attendance: 75,034

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