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Tottenham 2-0 Man Utd: Pape Sarr and Lisandro Martinez own goal secure entertaining win in Ange Postecoglou's first Premier League home game

Match report and free highlights as Sarr scores his first Spurs goal before Martinez flicks in Ben Davies' effort to give Postecoglou perfect start at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; Spurs twice hit woodwork in first half and Antony struck post seconds after opener in memorable match

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Tottenham against Manchester United in the Premier League

Pape Sarr's first strike for Tottenham and a late own goal from Lisandro Martinez gave Tottenham a thrilling 2-0 win over Manchester United, as Ange Postecoglou delivered on his promise to bring entertaining football to this part of North London in his first Premier League home game in charge.

The opener came four minutes into the second half when Dejan Kulusevski's deflected cross found 20-year-old Sarr at the back post and Spurs' victory was assured when Martinez flicked in Ben Davies' strike late on.

But both teams will be wondering how there weren't more goals on an evening of cavalier football.

New Spurs 'keeper Guglielmo Vicario earned his first clean sheet in the Premier League with stunning stops in both halves, denying Marcus Rashford and then Casemiro - although he was relieved when Antony struck a post seconds after Sarr's breakthrough.

It was the third time the frame of that goal had been struck, with Spurs hitting the bar with a Pedro Porro drive and then the other post with a deflected Sarr cross in a matter of seconds at the end of the first half which had been largely dominated by the visitors.

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Pape Sarr's first goal for Tottenham gives them the lead against Manchester United early in the second half

Add in the penalty shouts from both sides which demanded VAR checks - Cristian Romero surviving a handball decision and Martinez escaping unpunished from a barge on the Spurs defender - and this was a game which had almost everything.

The roar of appreciation from the Spurs fans when Yves Bissouma's backheel set up a blocked shot from Heung-Min Son summed up the complete mood change Postecoglou has already instilled. This is a team not afraid to attack, willing to play with flair. Spurs are a must-watch once more - even without Harry Kane.

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"We've still got a long way to go and today we saw elements of how far we still have to go," Postecoglou told Sky Sports afterwards, refusing to get carried away. "If we can keep feeding the players the belief they have in the second half then we can create something special."

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Lisandro Martinez's own-goal doubles Tottenham's lead against Manchester United

As for Man Utd, their loss of the midfield battle in the second half and rugged defending as Spurs took control will give boss Erik ten Hag plenty to consider on the back of an unconvincing win over Wolves in the opening round of the season. Once again, Casemiro looked overwhelmed in the middle of the park.

This was the first time United had lost at this stadium and their first defeat on the road at Spurs in six trips. They had their moments but the excitement, momentum and points went to Postecoglou's Spurs.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Vicario (9), Porro (7), Romero (7), Van de Ven (7), Udogie (7), Sarr (8), Bissouma (9), Kulusevski (8), Maddison (8), Son (7), Richarlison (6).

Subs used: Davies (7), Perisic (6), Hojbjerg (6), Emerson (N/A), Solomon (N/A).

Man Utd: Onana (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Varane (6), Martinez (5), Shaw (6), Casemiro (5), Antony (5), Fernandes (6), Mount (5), Garnacho (6), Rashford (5).

Subs used: Eriksen (6), Dalot (6), Sancho (6), Martial (N/A), Pellistri (N/A)

Player of the match: Yves Bissouma (Tottenham)

How 'Angeball' took off in Tottenham

Spurs fans held up a huge 'welcome' mosaic for Postecoglou and their new signings ahead of kick-off and the atmosphere was electric as the game got underway, with the home support eager to see how the Australian's hotly-anticipated brand of attacking football would play out in his first Premier League game in this stadium.

Team news

  • Pedro Porro and Pape Sarr came into the Tottenham team, with Emerson Royal and Oliver Skipp dropping to the bench
  • Man Utd were unchanged from Monday's win over Wolves, although Harry Maguire was left out of the squad with a minor injury

The match lived up to the billing - although for the first 36 minutes, it was the visitors providing the front-foot drama, with Vicario forced into a super stop to deny Rashford from a one-on-one before the England international headed a Bruno Fernandes Rabona cross over the bar after a series of blocks on United shots in the Spurs box.

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Marcus Rashford bursts through but is denied by Tottenham goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario as Manchester United look for the opening goal

The home crowd breathed a sigh of relief when VAR upheld ref Michael Oliver's decision not to punish Romero when Alejandro Garnacho's shot struck his raised arm as he tried to get in the way on 27 minutes and they were counting their lucky stars less than 10 minutes later when Fernandes skewed a free header badly wide.

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Bruno Fernandes misses a glorious chance to give Manchester United the lead away at Tottenham

But it was the hosts who finished the half on top and with a feeling they should have been in front themselves. Tame efforts from Kulusevski and Sarr had gone straight at Andre Onana earlier in the half but the 'keeper was helpless as Porro drilled against the bar and Sarr's cross-shot deflected off Shaw against the post in a matter of seconds.

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Tottenham hit the frame of the goal twice in a few seconds as they go close to taking the lead against Manchester United

Spurs picked up where they left off after the interval and Sarr smashed them in front early in the second period. Kulusevski's cross took a flick off Martinez on the way through and the Senegal international was there to fire into the roof of the net.

Man Utd almost levelled instantly but it was Antony's turn to be denied by an upright.

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Antony's shot hits the post as Manchester United push for an equaliser against Tottenham

The action just didn't relent. Bissouma was denied by Onana. Spurs' penalty shouts were waved away as Martinez challenged Romero and then Maddison. Casemiro drew another super stop from Vicario.

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Tottenham goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario pushes over Casemiro's powerful header for a corner

The home fans couldn't get enough of it, such was the contrast to the more cautious football they've seen the likes of Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho employ here in recent seasons.

They were rewarded with another goal seven minutes from time. It wasn't pretty but they didn't care about that. An own goal to rub salt into United's wounds. The visitors had lost their way and the goal confirmed they were going to lose the match.

Postecoglou: We showed signs of what we want to become

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Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou says he wants his team impose their game on Manchester United in their first home game of the season.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou: "The atmosphere was incredible. The supporters were outstanding. The energy they created from the first whistle was brilliant. In the first half, we looked a bit nervous, a bit edgy for the first half hour or so and fortunate to be in the game. We were giving the ball away cheaply. But it's not surprising, it was a real young team we're putting out there. But there were encouraging signs at end of first half. We settled them down at half-time. They came out with great energy, scored the goal and didn't stop from there.

"There were elements in the second half where we showed the kind of team we want to be. But six weeks into my tenure [these first two games] weren't going to be complete performances but you want sprouts of growth of the team we want to be and there was that and resilience too. We could have gone into our shells in second half but if anything we got more brave.

"We don't play to give the opposition chances. You don't want it to happen by design but I thought it was great Vicario made a couple of saves today, great for his confidence. We want to entertain but by playing football that brings success."

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Exclusive: Tottenham's James Maddison was seen leaving the stadium wearing a protective boot

Ten Hag: We had to score when we were on top - and should have had a penalty

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Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United should have had a penalty from a Cristian Romero handball but blamed their finishing for their 2-0 loss to Tottenham.

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag: "I liked it first half, it was a very good performance of Manchester United except we have to score. We created good chances. We had a really good press on the ball, we had good switches, many chances to score and we deserved a penalty. I don't know why it's not a penalty. He changes the direction of the ball, the hand is right above. But it's OK, you have to accept it.

"The change in the game is, first we get quickly three bookings - can't happen. We have to stay focused. Unnecessary bookings. Then we switch off. In one attack they have two big chances. That was no good. The start of the second half was definitely no good. You have to stay on the front foot. It was totally unnecessary to concede that goal. We didn't collapse, we fought back but didn't score."

Postecoglou transforms the Tottenham mood

Sky Sports' Peter Smith:

'Welcome to N17' read the huge mosaic held up by Tottenham fans before kick-off, a message to Ange Postecoglou and the club's new signings who were presented to the crowd ahead of their first Premier League home game.

After what the Spurs supporters saw during the subsequent 2-0 win over Man Utd, they won't want the Australian to ever leave.

There had been talk of attacking intent in pre-season and encouraging signs in the season opener at Brentford last week. But on Saturday 'Angeball' truly arrived in Tottenham. And the Spurs fans, so long fed an unwanted diet of caution-first football by the likes of Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho in recent seasons, couldn't get enough of it.

It was thrilling. Not faultless by any means - Man Utd will look back on a string of chances they should have taken to turn the game their way - but entertaining. For a fan group which protested against price rises outside the ground before the match, this was football worth paying to watch.

The 'ooohs' and 'ahhhs' that went up after an Yves Bissouma backheel in the second half have rarely been heard of late in this part of north London. But the cavalier, confident and fun football served up by Postecoglou and his players was the perfect tonic to the pain of Harry Kane's departure.

Their star striker is gone but Spurs have a team they can get behind once again.

Opta stats - Ange's long-winning home record

  • Tottenham Hotspur registered their first-ever Premier League win over Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the fifth attempt (D2 L2), with this their first home win over the Red Devils since January 2018 at Wembley.
  • Pape Matar Sarr is the youngest player to score for Tottenham in the Premier League (20 years, 339 days) since Juan Foyth in November 2018 against Crystal Palace (20 years, 302 days).
  • Ange Postecoglou is unbeaten in his last 49 home league games as a manager across spells with Yokohama F. Marinos, Celtic and current club Spurs (W41 D8), with his last defeat in November 2020 with Yokohama against Kashima Antlers in the J1 League.
  • Manchester United had 14 shots in the first half of this match, their most in the first half of an away Premier League game since October 2008 against Everton (15).

What's next?

Tottenham's next game is away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday - kick-off 12.30pm.

Spurs then travel to Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday August 29 - kick-off 7.45pm.

Manchester United are next in action on Saturday when they host Nottingham Forest in the Premier League - kick-off 3pm.

Erik ten Hag's side then travel to Arsenal on Sunday September 3, live on Sky Sports - kick-off 4.30pm.

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