Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Sunday, 14 May 2017
Kick-off: 16:30 BST
Manchester United suffered their fifth league loss of the season, succumbing 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
In what was the final fixture at the current White Hart Lane, Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane scored either side of half-time to set the hosts on their way.
Wayne Rooney, albeit via Jan Vertonghen’s outstretched foot, halved the deficit midway through the second half, but it wasn’t enough to prevent another London defeat.
Looking to replicate his spectacular strike against West Ham from 2014, Rooney fired straight at Hugo Lloris from a long way out early on.
Rooney then lost his man from a short corner to which Ben Davies curled a cross towards the far post, and the United skipper watched the ball sail over his head as Wanyama powered home a header.
Remaining heavily involved in proceedings, Rooney then headed over from Daley Blind’s corner before unleashing Anthony Martial who bent an effort just wide.
It could’ve been two when Heung-Min Son wriggled his way through only to shoot straight at David De Gea, as Christian Eriksen was off target with the follow-up.
Eriksen then turned provider only for Harry Kane to head over from the former’s cross, Dele Alli stung the fingertips of De Gea and the latter denied Kane at his near post.
The hosts quickly doubled their lead after the break as Kane flicked in Eriksen’s cross to leave Spurs in a commanding position.
Jesse Lingard and Martial were both off target but United received a lifeline with 20 minutes remaining.
It was Juan Mata’s precision pass out to the left that found Martial, and the Frenchman skipped past Kieran Trippier, and delivered a low cross to which Rooney converted via Vertonghen’s toe.
Phil Jones did well to head clear Alli’s goalbound effort off the line but there was definite improvement from the visitors with their personnel changes.
Chasing Michael Carrick’s long ball, substitute Marcus Rashford raced clear but lobbed wide when the home defenders did enough to put the England man off.
Full-time arrived with United unable to find an equaliser, suffering back-to-back league defeats in the process.
This time last week Jose Mourinho’s side were in North London and failed to switch on after the interval as Arsenal scored two in quick succession and the same applied at the start of each half today.
Although the league results are arguably irrelevant with nothing to play for, it is important to find some momentum heading into next week’s Europa League final, with places up for grabs as well.
This was the club’s penultimate away fixture of the campaign, with a trip to the south coast to take on Southampton lying in wait.
That match, this Wednesday at 7:45pm, represents an identical day and time to said final, with a chance to potentially experiment with a side that Mourinho hopes to field in Stockholm.
United: De Gea; Bailly, Smalling, Jones; Tuanzebe (Herrera 61), Carrick, Rooney, Blind; Mata (Rashford 79), Martial, Lingard (Mkhitaryan 61).
Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Mitchell, McTominay.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Spurs: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier (Walker 83), Eriksen (Nkoudou 90+2), Wanyama, Davies; Alli, Kane, Son (Dembele 72).
Subs not used: Vorm, Wimmer, Sissoko, Janssen.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino