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Martial nicks it late on for Man United against Spurs

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Anthony Martial came off the bench to keep Manchester United on the coattails of local rivals Manchester City as the Red Devils came out victorious in the battle between the Premier League's second and third placed teams, 1-0 at Old Trafford.

While the absence of Tottenham star striker Harry Kane dominated the pre-game headlines, it was the way team that enjoyed the better of a poor first half that saw virtually no goal mouth action.

United's best moment of the first half was a long range strike from a freekick from Marcus Rashford that was turned behind by Hugo Lloris, though the strike was probably going just wide anyway.

Tottenham meanwhile looked the more threatening of the two sides, but their best opportunity fell to French midfielder Sissoko, who fired high after an uncharacteristic error by David de Gea after he dropped the ball in the box after colliding with teammate Phil Jones.

United came out in much better shape in the second half and enjoyed a 5 minute spell of dominance where they threatened to break through. Spurs survived and could have taken the lead when Dele Alli ghosted into the box, found by a rare moment of class from Cristian Eriksen, but flicked his right footed effort wide of De Gea's right hand post.

It was to prove a costly miss from the Spurs man as Anthony Martial, a 70th minute replacement for Rashford, raced on to Romelu Lukaku's header as Eric Dier completely fell asleep at the back, and scuffed his finish past Lloris into the back of the net.

It was a lead that United comfortably held on to as they killed off time with ease and picked up a key win that keeps them within sniffing distance of Manchester City, who are in action later in the day away to West Brom.

Final Score: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham (Martial 81')