De Futebol Man U picks up a key win over Spurs! Shitty wins!

This was nut cutting time for both Man U and Tottenham.  The Red Devils applied the pressure and thus were rewarded with a late goal by Anthony Martial in the 82nd minute for a hard fought 1-0 win over Spurs at old Trafford.

The win gives the guys 23 points good enough to stay put in second place.

The Daily Mail:” Tottenham Hotspur are an awful lot more than The Harry Kane Team but when they were given the opportunity to prove their point in the rain and the wind against Manchester United at Old Trafford, they blew it.

The chances were there for them. In an evenly contested, largely uninspiring game, they appeared to have timed their assault on Jose Mourinho’s side perfectly as the game entered its closing stages and United stared down the barrel of a third league game without a win.

In a game of few opportunities, the Danish magician Christian Eriksen crafted the best of all with a sweetly judged cross that was begging to be finished by Dele Alli. But Alli, who had once again failed to shine when it really mattered, somehow pulled his volley wide.

Maybe it is wrong to stress Kane’s absence too much but it is tempting to say he would have taken that chance in his sleep. United, of course, could counter that they would have been a far stronger side with Paul Pogba in their ranks.

It is a squad game now and the more we talk of Kane’s importance to Spurs, the more we stress that they are more reliant on him than they ought to be. Certainly, they seemed to lack a focal point when his replacement, Heung-min Son, was leading the line.

With 81 minutes gone, they paid for their failure to capitalise on their best chance when United hit them with a sucker punch. It was route one but no one cared. David de Gea’s long kick was headed on by Romelu Lukaku and finished clinically by Anthony Martial. It lifted them, temporarily, at least, to within two points of leaders Manchester City.

And so as the seconds ticked down, the United fans taunted the opposition supporters with chants of ‘have you ever seen Tottenham win the league’. They will feel that the momentum they lost with their drab 0-0 draw at Liverpool and last week’s defeat at Huddersfield has been regained.

Mourinho had condemned his players for their attitude at Huddersfield last weekend but there was no mistaking their hunger in the opening exchanges against Spurs. They were first to everything. They showed more attacking intent in the opening five minutes than they had in the entire game against Liverpool a fortnight ago.

But even though they exerted some early pressure on their opponents, United could not translate it into clear chances. Their only hint of an opening came after Lloris had failed to clear the ball properly and the Spurs defence had to clear hurriedly from Marcus Rashford as he tried to set up Lukaku.

Once Spurs had negated that brief spell of United dominance, they began to look like the more assured side. They were more confident on the ball and more able to put passing moves together that asked more and more questions of the United defence.

The first real alarm for United came midway through the first half when De Gea advanced to the edge of his six yard box to collect a harmless cross from Ben Davies. De Gea caught the ball but then collided with Phil Jones and spilled it at the feet of Moussa Sissoko but the Spurs midfielder could only lift his shot high over the bar.

The game burst into life now. Ashley Young and Alli became involved in a heated exchange of views that developed into a nose-to-nose confrontation before they were pulled apart by teammates and lectured by the referee. Alli sidefooted a shot too close to De Gea and the United keeper plucked a mishit shot from Eric Dier out of the air.

Spurs were the better team up to the interval but it was hardly a feast of football. They looked exactly like a team missing its best attacker and Alli, who has the potential to be their most influential player, once more struggled to impose himself on a game that was crying out for a moment of inspiration.

It finally came ten minutes after half time when Henrikh Mkhitaryan wriggled cleverly away from his marker and drilled a low shot at the Spurs goal. Lloris should have held it comfortably but the rain was falling in sheets by now and it squirmed from his grasp. Rashford was waiting to prod it in but Davies intervened with a superb clearance.

Less than a minute later, United went desperately close again. Once more, Mkhitaryan was the catalyst, sprinting on to a through ball and fizzing it across goal from the byline. Lukaku was there but he could not apply the finishing touch and Spurs cleared the danger.

United were playing more forcefully now and Antonio Valencia hit a blistering rising drive just over the bar from 25 yards. But then Pochettino reacted by bringing on Fernando Llorente for Heung-min Son and the dynamic of the game changed again.

There were other substitutions, too, but the introduction of Llorente gave Spurs a focal point they had been lacking and they began to force openings of their own. United’s warning came when the ball was worked to Eriksen in space on the edge of the area but he hit his shot high over the bar.

Then, after 77 minutes, Eriksen created the best chance of the game. Some neat approach play found the Denmark playmaker on the edge of the United area and he drifted a delicious ball into the six-yard box. Alli had timed his run beautifully but instead of ramming the ball past De Gea, he hooked it wide.

Then, after 77 minutes, Eriksen created the best chance of the game. Some neat approach play found the Denmark playmaker on the edge of the United area and he drifted a delicious ball into the six-yard box. Alli had timed his run beautifully but instead of ramming the ball past De Gea, he hooked it wide.

Spurs paid dearly for that. With nine minutes left, De Gea launched a long ball forward, Lukaku rose majestically to flick it on and Martial, who had come on for Rashford, proved that he was the most important substitute of all by driving his left foot shot into the ground and past the wrong-footed Lloris.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5026671/Manchester-United-1-0-Tottenham.html#ixzz4woKeRuG5

Arsenal trailed one nil at halftime. The guys came back to score two second half goals to earn a 2-1 win over Swansea City.

Sead Kolasinac nailed it in the 51st minute to level my Gunners at one all. Aaron Ramsey poked home the match winner in the 57th minute to push the guys within a point of third place Spurs.

Tottenham has 20 points good enough for third place.

Man Shitty defeated West Brom 3-2 to keep their lead over hated rivals Man U at five points.

Shitty is top dog with 28 points a plus 29 while Man U is second with 23 points a plus 19.

Liverpool blew the doors off Huddersfield 3-0.

The Reds are sixth with 16 points.

Stoke City got by Watford 1-0.

West Ham blew a two-goal lead at the Eagles house. Crystal Palace came back to draw the Hammers two all.

Chelsea hit pay dirt in the 51st minute when Eden Hazard scored his first goal in the EPL this season.  Chelsea defeated Bournemouth 1-0.

The Blues are in fourth place with 19 points. Arsenal is fifth with 19 points. Chelsea is a plus eight while my Gunners are a plus six.

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