Martial strike sinks Spurs at Old Trafford

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MANCHESTER, England Substitute Anthony Martial’s 81st-minute strike gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday to keep them in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

After last week’s surprise defeat at Huddersfield Town, Jose Mourinho’s team could ill afford another slip-up and they had to battle hard against a resilient Spurs to take the points.

United move on to 23 points, two behind leaders City who is at West Bromwich Albion later on Saturday, while third-placed Spurs are on 20.

The impact from substitutes Jesse Lingard and French forward Martial proved decisive in the latter stages of a largely attritional battle in the sweeping rain.