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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester United

Dele Alli
Dele Alli, who turns 20 on Monday, scored his eighth goal of the season for Tottenham

Tottenham maintained their Premier League title challenge with a thumping victory over Manchester United.

Having seen Leicester beat Sunderland earlier, Tottenham scored three goals in six second-half minutes to stay seven points behind the Foxes.

Dele Alli slotted in from inside the area and Toby Alderweireld headed home, before Erik Lamela's sweet strike.

Anthony Martial drove straight at Hugo Lloris after a weaving run, to register the away side's only shot on target.

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Kick-off was delayed by half an hour as the United team bus was stuck in London traffic en route to White Hart Lane.

And they barely provided a threat in the match, taking until the 62nd minute to test goalkeeper Lloris and capitulating in the second period.

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Spurs had not beaten their opponents at home since 2001, a run of 14 games, while manager Mauricio Pochettino was winless in six previous games against United.

But the home side ended that sequence with a stunning passage of attacking play to stay second in the table and in touch with leaders Leicester.

Erik Lamela goal
Tottenham went backwards to go forwards for their third goal scored by Erik Lamela

There was concern among the home fans as the deadlock lasted for 70 minutes, before Alli - who turns 20 on Monday - latched on to Christian Eriksen's pass for the opener.

Four minutes later, Alderweireld looped in a header to calm the nerves, and Argentine Lamela, who missed a header from six yards out in the first half, stroked in his 10th goal of the season.

Tottenham, who have conceded the fewest goals in the league this season (25), still need help from leaders Leicester if they are to clinch their first league title since 1961, but this deserved victory keeps their title bid alive.

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Having turned up to the ground late, United seemed set up to contain the opposition and finished with just five shots in the match.

Defeat means the Red Devils face a struggle to finish in the Champions League places at the end of the season, slipping four points behind rivals Manchester City, who currently occupy the crucial fourth place.

Bizarrely, Louis van Gaal decided to substitute young striker Marcus Rashford at half-time and sent on winger Ashley Young, who played as the furthest man forward for the second 45 minutes.

Tottenham (left) had 16 shots in the match, eight of which were on target. Manchester United (right) had just five shots, one which hit the target

Young made little impression, while 18-year-old right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah was United's best player, defending robustly with five tackles, five interceptions and six clearances during his 68 minutes on the pitch.

Just two minutes after the Dutchman was replaced by Matteo Darmian because of injury, Tottenham broke the deadlock in a move that came from his side of the pitch.

The scoreline might have been worse for Van Gaal's side, as goalkeeper David de Gea saved a deflected Eric Dier shot and tipped over Harry Kane's looping header.

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Dele Alli
Another impressive performance from the England youngster, a day before his 20th birthday, capped off by a well-taken goal

What the managers said

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino:

"I think it's true we sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting.

"If Leicester fail we need to stay there, it's important. Seven points is a difficult gap to reduce but we need to believe.

"The performance like today, and the result like today, showed that this team believes."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal:

"Tottenham is a great team and I have said that also in advance of this match. But, until the first goal, I think we were a good team who were playing good in Tottenham and we also had a big chance for a goal.

"Yes, 3-0 is a big negative result but the way that we have played until the first goal was good."

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What's next?

Tottenham travel to Stoke in the Premier League on Monday, 18 April (kick-off 20:00 BST), while Manchester United face West Ham in their FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday, 13 April (19:00 BST).

The stats you need to know:

  • Manchester United failed to produce a single shot on target in the first halves of both games against Tottenham this season
  • Erik Lamela scored and assisted in the same game for only the second time in a Premier League match, having done so against Manchester City earlier in this campaign
  • Dele Alli scored his first goal at White Hart Lane since November, when he netted against Aston Villa
  • There were just five minutes and 46 seconds between Spurs' first and third goals



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2WalkerBooked at 83mins
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3RoseBooked at 72mins
  • 15Dier
  • 19Dembélé
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forChadliat 87'minutes
  • 20AlliBooked at 90minsSubstituted forMasonat 90+3'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 10KaneSubstituted forSon Heung-minat 89'minutes


  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 8Mason
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 22Chadli
  • 27Wimmer
  • 28Carroll

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 51Fosu-MensahSubstituted forDarmianat 68'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 5Rojo
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 16Carrick
  • 8MataSubstituted forDepayat 76'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 35Lingard
  • 9Martial
  • 39RashfordSubstituted forYoungat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins


  • 7Depay
  • 18Young
  • 20Romero
  • 21Herrera
  • 25A Valencia
  • 27Fellaini
  • 36Darmian
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Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamMan Utd
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Manchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Manchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

  4. Post update

    Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Mason replaces Dele Alli.

  6. Booking

    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dele Alli.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Daley Blind tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Harry Kane.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Erik Lamela.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker is caught offside.

  14. Booking

    Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

  16. Post update

    Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Booking

    Memphis Depay (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Booking

    Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

As It Stood

4Man City32176958332557
5Man Utd3215893930953
6West Ham321313652401252
13West Brom321010123139-840
16Crystal Palace32107153542-737
20Aston Villa3337232364-4116
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