Marcus Rashford was on target twice as Manchester United beat Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 2-1 to end their perfect start to his tenure at his new club.
Rashford’s early goal in the first half and a second-half gave United all the three points despite Dele Alli’s exquisite equaliser in the first half.
Jose Mourinho’s men went into the game two points ahead of United after their recent revival since the arrival of the new boss, who replaced the sacked Mauricio Pochettino last month.
United are currently going through their worst start to a season in 31 years but went into the game with energy and adventure and cutting through the visitors’ midfield with ease.
Man United deservedly took the lead when their number 10 beat Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post in the sixth minute, scoring his 11th goal in the last 13 games for club and country.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could easily add another goal, but goalkeeper Gazzaniga was there, pushing a thunderous Rashford’s shot onto the woodwork.
The Spurs stand-in goalkeeper made another excellent save minutes later, keeping out a curling effort from Rashford.
It was a completely different performance from recent disjointed outing against Sheffield United and Aston Villa, which ended in draws despite United taking the lead.
However, despite being a clear second best, Tottenham walked their way back into the game and were on level terms six minutes before the break thanks to an impressive piece of skill from the resurgent Alli.
Serge Aurier’s initial shot was saved, and the rebound rolled to the path of Alli, whose first touch went past from Ashley Young and Fred. He let it bounce before shooting into the far corner.
The reds would have been disappointed to be trailing at the break after their impressive first-half performance, but they were back in front in the 49th minute when Rashford scored from the spot after he was brought down by Moussa Sissoko.
Mourinho brought in Christian Eriksen in search of an equaliser as the game remained in the balance, but despite the late pressure against the home side, they left Old Trafford empty-handed.
Mourinho, sacked by United last December, won his first three matches in charge of Spurs, with his team scoring ten goals in the process but he has problems to sort out at the back as he targets a Champions League spot.
United are also eyeing the top four despite a huge gap to close.