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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 20/10/2022

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2 - 0
MUN
TOT
Fred (47)
Bruno Fernandes (69)
Old Trafford

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That's all from Old Trafford today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Such a sterling display sets United up perfectly for a high-stakes clash with top-four rivals Chelsea at the weekend, while Tottenham host Newcastle on Sunday, aiming to bounce back from their chastening defeat.
In emphatic style, Manchester United extend their unbeaten run to a fifth game, having pressed a passive Spurs side back for most of the match with a lively and committed performance. Indeed, the Reds should have been out of sight far earlier than the 69th minute, when Fernandes found the game's decisive second goal - only for the heroics of Lloris, their margin of victory would have been greater. United now pull within four points of their visitors, who must digest just a second Premier League loss of the season.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 TOTTENHAM
90' + 3' Fred tries to release Rashford down the left, as Spurs push forward and leave space in behind, but summing up his game so far, the United striker is caught just offside.
90' + 1' In the first minute of four indicated for stoppages, the home side are probing patiently inside the Tottenham half. There's no way through, though.
D. Spence
I. Perišić
Tottenham Hotspur
89' Perisic also takes his leave before the final whistle, and Spence makes another brief cameo.
O. Skipp
R. Bentancur
Tottenham Hotspur
89' Two more changes from Conte: first, Bentancur makes way for Skipp.
C. Eriksen
Casemiro
Manchester United
87' Former Spurs star Eriksen is given a brief run-out, appearing to general applause as Casemiro comes off.
A. Elanga
J. Sancho
Manchester United
87' Sancho's shift is over; Elanga replaces him on the left wing for United.
86' Casemiro attempts to set another counter-attack in motion, but as he strides through the centre of the pitch is felled. That cues more substitutions.
84' Though Tottenham are theoretically still in contention for a point, the tempo has dropped at Old Trafford and there appears to be no real belief that they can even create a consolation.
D. Sánchez
E. Dier
Tottenham Hotspur
82' The third change of Spurs' triple substitution sees Dier withdrawn for Sanchez at the back.
R. Sessegnon
M. Doherty
Tottenham Hotspur
82' Out wide, Doherty is replaced by Sessegnon.
Lucas Moura
Y. Bissouma
Tottenham Hotspur
82' Finally, Conte makes some changes: first, Bissouma makes way for Lucas.
81' Released by a high throughball from Rashford, Fernandes strides into the area unmarked and places the ball past Lloris, but he barely celebrates before the assistant's flag is raised for offside.
78' Still, the hosts seem to have the zest which has been such a highlight of their performance. They have closed down Spurs sharply and passed the ball crisply today, and Ten Hag will surely be delighted with how things have unfolded.
S. McTominay
Antony
Manchester United
76' With three points all but assured, Ten Hag opts to withdraw Antony. McTominay is brought on to stiffen the Man United midfield.
74' GREAT STOP! Lloris is at it again; making perhaps his best save of a long series today - keeping out Rashford once more at close quarters. Not for the first time, United's number 10 should have scored, but it takes a tremendous save to deny him low down by the Frenchman.
72' Fernandes has another shot from outside the box, but this one is saved in the centre of the goal by Lloris. United are not relenting now, they smell blood!
Bruno Fernandes
Goal
Manchester United
69' UNITED DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! After a rapid counter-attack, Fred sees a shot blocked by Dier just inside the box, and the ball drops invitingly into the path of Fernandes. The Portuguese playmaker doesn't hesitate to curl it calmly into the right side of the net from 20 yards, and puts Manchester United two goals to the good!
68' SUPER SAVE! De Gea makes a brilliant save from Kane at close range, as the Spurs striker fires towards the near post when unmarked. Ultimately, the flag goes up for offside, but the referee plays an advantage for the home side, who spring on the counter.
66' They may have only shaded the possession stats so far (53 per cent, to Spurs' 47), but Manchester United have racked up a remarkable 24 shots at goal with a quarter of the match still remaining.
64' After a series of stepovers just inside the area, Dalot drives a cross straight at Bentancur, which then loops behind for a corner. However, United fail to make anything of the set-piece situation.
62' Fernandes is back on his feet, as the action resumes. Without missing a beat, United resume their territorial supremacy; Spurs stay passively inside their defensive third.
60' A clash of boots between Fernandes and Bissouma brings the former crashing down to the turf in midfield. He's taken a bump on the head, so the medical staff are invited on and the game is brought to a halt.
58' Fernandes opts against loading a cross into the packed penalty area from a free-kick on the left, but when the ball eventually comes in from Fred, Rashford mistimes his jump and can't steer a header goalward from close range. That goes down as another miss from the England striker.
56' Roars go up among the Manchester United fans, as Rashford appeals for a penalty: he thinks he was tripped by a clumsy Dier challenge, but both the referee and the VAR disagree. Play on.
54' Taking the ball from Fernandes, Antony drifts dangerously in from his station on the right flank, and powers a shot narrowly wide of the left-hand post from the right side of the area.
Casemiro
Yellow Card
Manchester United
52' For a foul on Hojbjerg in midfield, Casemiro receives the game's first booking.
50' Kane shows that Spurs can still pose a threat on the break, for all their inability to cope with United at the other end, as he fires a shot wide of the target from 20 yards out, on the right side of the area.
49' SAVE! Spurs are rocking now, as Lloris makes his fifth save of a busy shift by denying Rashford's low strike. Once again, the United forward should perhaps have left the goalkeeper with no chance from close range, but it was still a crucial stop.
Fred
Goal
Manchester United
47' UNITED BREAK THROUGH! After a first half of frustration, Fred finally puts the home side in front, as he receives a short pass from Sancho on the edge of the area before firing a deflected shot past the lead-footed Lloris! The ball took a diversion via Dier, which was enough to beat the Spurs keeper and find the bottom corner!
J. Sancho
Assist
Manchester United
47' Sancho picks out Fred just outside the Spurs area, with a tidy pass which tees up the opening goal.
46' United kick off, and we are back under way in Manchester!
Tottenham have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games, but Manchester United have a great recent record against Spurs. Conte has also lost all three of his previous games at Old Trafford. It remains finely poised today, but who will prevail?
Fought out at a furious pace, but lacking no little quality for it, the first half ends all-square at Old Trafford, though Manchester United should really be in front. Having clipped the post and seen Lloris pull off some smart saves, the hosts were totally dominant for a spell of around 20 minutes, which Spurs survived to go down the tunnel still on level terms. Though Conte may be concerned that his side have lived so dangerously, they remain a threat on the counter, and it only takes a few seconds for their clinical forwards to strike.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 TOTTENHAM
45' + 2' Dalot returns to the action, with one minute of the two indicated for stoppages remaining.
45' SAVE! At his near post, De Gea has to palm away a drive from a tight angle by Kane, which rolls back into a dangerous area. Dalot then blocks the follow-up; sustaining an injury in the process. There's another break in play while he receives treatment.
43' A rare spell of Spurs possession follows the stoppage in play, as the visitors attempt to see the scoreline remain blank through to half-time. They've withstood plenty of pressure so far.
41' Following an assessment from the medics, Dier is cleared to continue. The game resumes with a drop-ball, which is placed at the feet of Martinez deep inside the Spurs half.
39' Having taken the ball flush in the face from a powerful Dalot strike, Dier is lying flat out on the turf and will require some medical attention. This breathless encounter therefore takes a rare pause.
37' More clever work from Antony gets the United fans out of their seats, but when he plays in Fred, the midfielder's strike is skewed wide of the target from around 20 yards out.
35' Antony does brilliantly to wriggle clear of three blue Tottenham shirts, but when he releases the ball to Rashford, the England striker tumbles in the box and his claims for a penalty are dismissed by the referee.
33' With an unconvincing attempt from the edge of the area, Son sends a shot well over De Gea's goal on the turn.
32' Tottenham are trying to draw the sting from United's dominant display, and they keep the ball at the back for a while; taking a much-needed breather in the process. They're fairly fortunate to still be level.
30' Remarkably, Manchester United have had 14 attempts on goal in the opening half-hour; Tottenham have managed just three.
28' JUST WIDE! Despite the efforts of Bissouma to close him down on the brink of the box, Casemiro zips a purely-hit strike narrowly wide of the left-hand post from 20 yards! That was a great hit with his left foot, but once more, Spurs survive!
26' After yet another corner for the hosts, Fernandes lets fly from the edge of the box, but sends his shot comfortably over the crossbar. This time, Lloris remains an onlooker.
24' SPECTACULAR SAVE! Lloris to the rescue again! The Spurs skipper is alert at his near post, denying a powerful Shaw volley, following Dalot's cross to the far post from the right. That could be the best of his series of saves yet!
22' SHARP STOP! Following a clear foul by Romero around 20 yards out from goal, Fernandes whips a free-kick at goal, which Lloris flamboyantly flips over the crossbar with his fingertips. It's United versus Lloris at the moment!
21' SAVE! Lloris makes another crucial stop, as Rashford spurns a great chance to open the scoring! The latter is released through the centre by a Fred throughball, but fires his low shot too close to the Spurs captain, who repels it behind for a corner.
19' A delicious ball from deep by Kane finds Doherty in an advanced position on the right flank, the Irishman cuts inside and unleashes a left-footed shot, which flies a yard wide of the far post.
18' Sancho finds his route into the box blocked, and when the ball then drops to Shaw on the left, his cross is coolly chested back to Lloris by Perisic from no more than six yards out.
16' After withstanding some strong pressure, Spurs enjoy a short spell of possession and territorial advantage. It doesn't last long, though, and they are on the back foot again soon afterwards.
14' Having taken a thump on the head from a driven cross at close range, Shaw crumples to the turf. After a short spell on the ground, the full-back is able to gather his senses and returns to the fray.
12' A typically charging run by Perisic sees the Spurs wing-back drive into the United area, but Dalot stays calm to stand him up and ultimately shepherd the ball behind for a goal-kick.
10' OFF THE POST! United continue to press on for an opening goal, and Antony almost unlocks the door! The unpredictable Brazilian drifts in from the right and curls a wonderful low effort towards the left-hand post, which just clips the woodwork and glances behind: diving at full stretch, Lloris was struggling to get there!
8' SHARP STOP! From Fernandes' corner, the ball drops to Fred, who takes a crack at goal from the edge of the box: his centrally-placed shot forces Lloris to react quickly and tip the ball over the crossbar!
7' SAVE! Fred almost picks out Rashford in the box with an incisive throughball, then the ball breaks to Antony some 30 yards out. The winger tries a speculative shot, which Lloris can only shovel behind awkwardly for a corner. A lucky escape for Spurs!
5' On the break, Tottenham make progress down the right, and Bentancur is able to drive the ball across the face of goal from a tight angle. It zips wide of the target without troubling De Gea, but it's been a lively start at the Theatre of Dreams!
4' After Fernandes sees a shot charged down 20 yards out from goal, his countryman Dalot wildly slices an effort well over the crossbar from slightly further out.
3' Early pressure on the edge of the Manchester United box almost sees Spurs carve out an opportunity, but the home side stay resolute and their visitors have to rebuild from the halfway line.
1' Spurs kick off, and we are under way in Manchester!
The players are out on the pitch, under the lights at Old Trafford, with kick-off now just moments away!
Tottenham make just one change from the side that overcame Everton last time out, as Bissouma's impact as a substitute earns him a start in place of the injured Richarlison. The latter is ruled out by a calf injury, though initial fears about missing the World Cup seem to have been allayed. Dejan Kulusevski is not yet fit to return from a hamstring problem, while Emerson Royal serves the final match of his three-game ban; Doherty deputises on the right flank once again.
Manchester United welcome Rashford back from illness to feature in today's starting XI, as Ronaldo drops to the bench, where he is joined by Eriksen and McTominay. The latter returns from suspension, but Fred keeps his place alongside Casemiro in midfield. Martial is once more ruled out by a back problem; Maguire and Van de Beek are also among those sidelined due to injury.
SUBS: Fraser Forster, Djed Spence, Bryan Gil, Lucas Moura, Clement Lenglet, Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp.
TOTTENHAM (3-5-2): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Matt Doherty, Yves Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ivan Perisic; Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min.
SUBS: Tom Heaton, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Scott McTominay, Facundo Pellistri, Anthony Elanga, Alejandro Garnacho, Cristiano Ronaldo.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Marcus Rashford.
Sitting third in the Premier League before today's games - three places above their hosts - Tottenham were 2-0 winners over Everton on Saturday, which moved them level with Manchester City in the table. The gap to leaders and arch-rivals Arsenal remains at four points, though. Spurs have put together a three-game winning run, but have tended to fare far worse on the road than at home: Antonio Conte's men have won only two of seven away matches so far this season and have found the net just three times in their last five.
After being held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United at the weekend, Manchester United's three-match winning run has been halted - though two of those victories came in the Europa League. Erik ten Hag's side also saw an eight-game Premier League scoring streak at Old Trafford brought to its conclusion, but they get an immediate opportunity to fare better on home soil today. For all their travails in recent times, the Red Devils have lost just two of their last 17 top-flight fixtures in front of their own fans.
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