It was time to say goodbye. After 118 years, Tottenham are leaving their famous home of White Hart Lane.
Spurs are enjoying another fabulous campaign, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side heralded by many as the best team in the country despite falling short in the Premier League title race for the second consecutive season.
On Sunday, they had the chance to go unbeaten at home for the first time in a league season in more than half a century.
But that meant overcoming Manchester United, against whom Spurs had lost more Premier League games than any other opponent (32).
Moreover, they’d beaten the Red Devils just once in their last 15 home matches. It was an emotional afternoon in north London, and Spurs needed a hero to ensure they matched their club record 14-match winning run at home.
Their chances were always going to depend on getting the better of the two centre-forwards on show, as Harry Kane’s Nike Hypervenom Phinish II went toe-to-toe with Anthony Martial’s Nike Mercurial Superfly V.
And it was Kane who would win the battle, offering a much-needed boost to the Hypervenom which sits a full five places behind the Mercurial in the INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking across Europe’s top leagues.
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Kane leapt to convert a wicked Christian Eriksen free-kick that doubled Tottenham’s lead just three minutes into the second half, after Martial had gone close to equalising before the break as his Mercurials sent a curling shot just wide of Hugo Lloris’ post.
Kane has now scored against 24 of the 25 opponents he has faced in the Premier League (Cardiff being the exception) and Eriksen has assisted Kane on nine occasions in the Premier League since the start of last season - no other player has provided more for a teammate in this period.
Martial did his best to lead the line for Jose Mourinho’s men but was restricted largely to picking up scraps on the break, as the home side dominated almost 60% of the possession at the Lane.
The France international went close with another curling effort from the left at 0-2 down and created an excellent consolation for his side when he burst into the box and squared for Wayne Rooney to pull one back.
But Martial failed to find the net when his side needed him most, while Kane signed off with another trademark finish on an afternoon that saw him hit the target twice – Martial failed to test Lloris once.
Kane’s return of 21 goals and six assists make him far and away the leading Hypervenom-wearing player in the Premier League, while Martial’s limited playing time under Mourinho has seen him net just four goals for his Mercurials.
The Hypervenom sits seventh overall in INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking, but Kane has certainly been doing his bit to fire it back up the table.
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