Anthony Martial’s late goal secures a precious three points for Manchester United! They’ll remain on Manchester City’s tail;
Spurs by contrast could be eight adrift by the end of the day, depending on how Pep Guardiola’s side do at West Bromwich Albion.
Spurs will rue Dele Alli’s miss just before Martial’s decisive strike, but in truth United were the better side in the second half and always the most likely to snatch the win. United close to within two of City at the top, for a couple of hours at least.
United went within two points of Manchester City with this victory and with Chelsea away next Sunday, they are keeping the league leaders in their sights. As for Mourinho, he will view the substitution and the subsequent victory as complete vindication.
Deprived of the injured Harry Kane, the away side always looked like they struggled to surprise the United defence that was largely five-men strong with Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all playing in central roles.
Dele Alli went close with a run to get on the end of Christian Eriksen’s ball over the top of the United defence on 77 minutes, and missing that chance was a turning point in the game.