Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen. Danny Welbeck pulled one back for David Moyes’s side, but the North London side were able to hang on for a second consecutive victory at the home of the Premier League champions.
The hosts made a positive start to the contest with Danny Welbeck testing Hugo Lloris twice in the opening six minutes, but the first clear-cut chance fell to Spurs.
Roberto Soldado sent a through-ball to Aaron Lennon, who shot on goal, but David de Gea made a good save between the United posts.
The London outfit began to show more confidence thereafter and took the lead in the 34th minute through Emmanuel Adebayor. Christian Eriksen floated in a good cross from the right flank and the striker headed home past De Gea.
Soldado could have doubled his side’s advantage six minutes before half time when he found himself at the end of a Lennon cross, but the Spaniard failed to get his effort on target. Danny Welbeck felt that he should have been awarded a penalty after the break when upended by Vlad Chiriches but Howard Webb waved away the protests.
Spurs went 2-0 ahead when another cross from Lennon was headed in by Eriksen in the 65th minute, but the home side restored hope two minutes later when Welbeck latched onto Adnan Januzaj’s through ball and lifted over the advancing Hugo Lloris.
A chance fell for Welbeck to shoot inside the area after Javier Hernandez failed to connect with Januzaj’s cross, but the England international slipped as he tried to hit the ball on the turn.
The Old Trafford faithful were up in arms when Webb denied Ashley Young a penalty when he jumped over a challenge from Lloris after getting to a loose ball first.
United threw everything at Spurs and nearly got their reward in stoppage time, but Danny Rose was on hand to hack Nemanja Vidic’s header off the line.
While Spurs defended doggedly and stayed organized for much of the match at Old Trafford, it would be hard to say that United did not deserve at least a point. The hosts huffed and puffed for large spells, but they lacked that killer touch that would have yielded a few more goals on another night.