Despite a strong and encouraging performance, Tottenham Hotspur began their Premier League campaign with defeat at Old Trafford.
Spurs began the game by far the stronger of the two sides. Eric Dier started amongst a packed midfield, which allowed Mauricio Pochettino’s side to maintain most possession.
Christian Eriksen was presented with the away side’s best chance of the half. Harry Kane played a delightful chip over the United defence to the Dane, who set himself up with a header and eventual dipping shot that went over the bar.
Spurs’ dominance continued throughout most of the half, with Kane, Eriksen and Dembélé linking well. Their luck soon ran out however, as Louis van Gaal’s side took the lead.
With an absent Spurs defence (and mistake by Nabil Bentaleb), Wayne Rooney received the ball inside Michel Vorm’s box. Before he could shoot, Walker came rushing back to close down the striker and his touch put the ball into the net.
With their confidence knocked, and United’s boosted, Spurs suffered wave-after-wave of attack from the home side. Keeping calm, Tottenham saw out the half just one behind.
The second half saw multiple changes from both sides. Schweinsteiger and Dele Alli were amongst the most notable, with United’s new number seven Memphis Depay unhappy at his withdrawal.
Spurs tried all they could to steal an equaliser, and until the final ten minutes struggled to do so. Both Chadli and Eriksen came close to scoring, although it resulted in nothing as United sealed victory on the opening day.