There was a fairy tale ending for Spurs as they finished their 118 year association with the old White Hart Lane ground in style, dispatching a weakened United team and bouncing back from last week’s disappointing result at West Ham with a 2-1 victory.
In the opening 5 minutes it seemed like the pomp of the occasion had gotten to Spurs, passes went astray and poor touches might have caused some to start thinking the Spursiest of Spursy White Hart Lane finales might be about to occur.
The Tottenham faithful were in great voice from the start however, and any concerns were put to rest as Wanyama leaped like a gazelle in the United box to head home a Ben Davies cross in the sixth minute.
For the rest of the half Spurs moved the ball around with class and precision, coming close on multiple occasions. United sat deep in damage limitation mode with Martial their only outlet. The only real United chance of the half coming from a counter-attack where Martial curled a great effort just wide of Lloris’ far post.
United went in at half time lucky to only be a goal down. Mourinho looked content to try and nick an equaliser on the counter in the second half. However those plans were scuppered when Kane stretched out a leg in the box majestically clipping Eriksen’s free kick past De Gea, leaving him with no chance.
At 2-0, with United not looking like scoring Spurs continued to pass the ball around at ease creating plenty of chances and dominating possession. From the neutrals perspective United could have made more of an effort to make a game of it. Sitting deep they never really looked like scoring.
So it was a bit of a surprise when Martial danced his way down the left into the Spurs box, setting up Rooney with a tap in 71 minutes into the game. Martial himself had come close just before with another classy curling effort which set Lloris scrambling to his far post for a second time.
But that was about all that United contributed to the game. Spurs closed out the last 20 minutes to finish the season unbeaten at home, and equalling their record of winning 14 home games on the bounce.
Man of the Match: Victor Wanyama was immense in midfield, one of the most underrated signings of the season. Scoring a goal and getting in the way of most of what United tried to create. Second in his position only to N’Golo Kante, the £12m man from Southampton really has made his mark on this Spurs side.
Written by Chris Wyles.
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