Tottenham vs Man United result, highlights from Premier League as Sarr and Davies punish Fernandes miss

Second-half goals from Pape Sarr and substitute Ben Davies gave Tottenham Hotspur a deserved 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League.

Sarr, who was recalled in place of Oliver Skipp following Tottenham’s opening 2-2 draw at Brentford, saw his cross deflected against the post shortly before halftime after Pedro Porro fired against the same upright.

Four minutes into the second period, Dejan Kulusevski was allowed space to cross from the United left and his delivery struck Lisandro Martinez before falling for Sarr to steer high into the net.

Antony almost found an instant equaliser when he rattled the post on the end of pass from Bruno Fernandes, who spurned a glorious headed opportunity from six yards out when the game was goalless.

United thought they should have had a penalty during the first half when Alejandro Garnacho’s shot struck Cristian Romero’s arm but a VAR review concluded with no offence found.

And their misery was complete seven minutes from time when Davies scuffed home a cross from fellow sub Ivan Perisic to crown the latest flowing move from Ange Postecoglou’s men.

Tottenham vs Man United final score

  Result Goalscorers
Spurs 2 Sarr (49), Davies (83)
Man United 0  


Tottenham (4-2-3-1, right to left): 13. Guglielmo Vicario (GK) — 23. Pedro Porro (12. Emerson Royal), 17. Cristian Romero, 37. Micky van de Ven, 38. Destiny Udogie (33. Ben Davies) — 29. Pape Sarr, 8. Yves Bissouma — 21. Dejan Kulusevski (27. Manor Soloman), 10. James Maddison, 7. Son Heung-min — 9. Richarlison (14. Ivan Perisic)

Man United: (4-1-4-1, right to left): 24. Andre Onana (GK) – 29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (20. Diogo Dalot), 19. Raphael Varane, 6. Lisandro Martinez, 23. Luke Shaw – 18. Casemiro – 21. Antony (14. Christian Eriksen), 8. Bruno Fernandes, 7. Mason Mount (28. Facundo Pellistri), 49. Alejandro Garnacho (25. Jadon Sancho) – 10. Marcus Rashford (9. Anthony Martial)

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Postecoglou gets the big calls right

The new Spurs manager reacted sheepishly to fans already signing his name this week, claiming he hasn’t earned that honour just yet. Results like this won’t harm the esteem in which he’s held and there was palpable joy around a stadium that has soaked up its fair share of misery over the past couple of seasons.

The Australian’s signature style was in evidence from a crisp passing move in the first minute that Spurs started calmly in their own box and concluded with Porro charging forward to cross for Son Heung-min.

There were teething problems as they rode their luck before halftime but Postecoglou’s two changes from last weekend paid handsome dividends. Porro was a menace going forward throughout after being preferred to Emerson Royal, while Oliver Skipp made way for the tireless Sarr, who proved an unlikely hero.

Rashford and Richarlison show biggest transfer needs

Richarlison was probably the only unhappy person in the stadium in Tottenham colours midway through the second half when he was substituted. The Brazil forward remains on 49 Premier League goals, with only one of those in Tottenham colours. He has the pedigree to serve as a workable replacement for Harry Kane in what promises to be a free-flowing, attacking side, but he unquestionably has a confidence issue when leading the line for Spurs.

Marcus Rashford briefly looked to have Micky van de Ven where he wanted him during the first half when he drew a decent save from Guglielmo Vicario. But he existed on the margins thereafter and did not look like improving a record of three Premier League goals since the end of February. Rashford is best causing damage coming in from the left and, as Rasmus Hojlund continues to work his way towards full fitness, it is tempting to suggest Spurs and United could each do with another striker apiece before the deadline.

Ten Hag picks through latest London nightmare

In terms of the scoreline, this was not as chastening as Ten Hag’s first trip to the capital with United last season, when his team were walloped 4-0 by Brentford. But 12 months on, with Cristiano Ronaldo out of the door and a few more of his own signings in, you have to ask how much progress has actually been made from that low ebb. Certainly since United lifted the Carabao Cup in February, there has been little to no evidence of the team making strides forward.

Bissouma and Sarr played together for the first time in Postecoglou’s system and punched holes through what passed for United’s midfield during the second half. Casemiro was overwhelmed as the combination of Fernandes and Mason Mount ahead of him again left United imbalanced. Antony hit the post and was replaced by Ten Hag shortly afterwards, with Fernandes shunted out to the right wing, where he was entirely ineffective. 

The lack of any cohesion or conviction only grew as the second half went on. One team out there looked like they were getting to grips with things under a new manager and it wasn’t Tottenham.

Tottenham vs Man United as it happened, highlights, and commentary

Fulltime: Ange Postecoglou is on the field and embracing his players one by one. They’ve done him proud today. As for Erik ten Hag, the scoreline isn’t as bad as his trip to London when United were demolished 4-0 by Brentford a year ago, the nature of that second-half performance was every bit as problematic. They look really short, listless in midfield and toothless in attack. Thanks for enjoying/enduring that with us depending on your persuasion.

90th minute+9: Fernandes lumps the shot over. Romero offers some observations the United skipper doesn’t much like. 

90th minute+8: Bissouma brings down United substitute Pellistri and this is a free-kick in a very good position.

90th minute+7: Oh, Varane hasn’t give up the ghost. That’s an excellent header and a save to match from Vicario. Turns out he was offside anyway.

90th minute+5: We’re halfway through nine additional minutes. That should have roused United but they just need this to end. It’s been an abject second half from Ten Hag’s side and clusters of the travelling support have already headed for the exits.

89th minute: Tottenham swaggering about here, in a way you never really see Manchester United enjoy themselves anymore. Maddison has been a joy this half.

83rd minuteGOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Ben Davies!!!!!!!!

That should seal the points. Even in this era of giant injury time because United appear to have given up the ghost. It’s a lovely move, Maddison sweeps the ball out to Perisic, who guides in a precise cross. Davies has continued his run and swings scruffily at the ball. He gets some studs on it and claims the goal. 

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80th minute: Spurs half clear a cross to Casemiro, whose awkward bouncing shot is dealt with unfussily by Vicario.

76th minute: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg comes on for Sarr to shore things up. The goalscorer gets a standing ovation. Him and Bissouma have been excellent in tandem after halftime.

70th minute: Richarlison trudges off with the face of a man who’s just chewed on a large bunch of nettles. Ivan Perisic in on, which will mean Son reverting to centre-forward. Ben Davies comes on for Udogie, which makes sense given the youngster is on a booking against United attack bolstered by fresh legs.

68th minute: Kulusevski whips an inviting ball towards Richarlison but it’s a touch too high and Onana catches.

66th minute: Triple change from Erik ten Hag. Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho and former Spurs favourite Christian Eriksen coming on for Wan-Bissaka, Antony and Garnacho.

64th minute: More lovely play from Maddison and Son results in Bissouma getting a shot away, but his connection isn’t the best.

63rd minute: Udogie, who has been an all-action presence since the break, is booked for preventing a quick United free-kick.

61st minute: Spurs all over this and United hanging on. A sparkling attack rolls on and on with Maddison knitting things together. Son shimmies inside a couple of challenges before his shot is deflected behind by Shaw, who partly atones for his very passive part in the goal. Casemiro also get his head on this corner.

56th minuteStupendous save from Vicario. Oh, Tottenham, you can’t give Casemiro that sort of room at set pieces. The Brazilian’s header is excellent and Spurs’ new No. 1 is at full stretch to tip the ball over. Magnificent goalkeeping.

53rd minute: Screaming and shouting for a penalty after a coming together between Martinez and Romero in the United box but there’s nothing in it. 

51st minute: Almost another for Spurs! It’s all going on. Maddison and Son combine to release Udogie and Onana saves well with his boot. Corner.

50th minuteAntony hits the post! Almost an instant equaliser for United as Fernandes pings a wonderful pass to Antony, who cuts into his favoured left foot and rattles the upright.

49th minute: GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Pape Sarr!!!!!!!!

Sarr scores his first goal for Tottenham and what a time to get it! Shaw leaves Garnacho to deal with Kulusevski. He doesn’t, the Sweden star’s cross is deflected off Martinez and Sarr arrives to steer a bouncing ball high into the net.

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48th minute: Udogie dancers past a couple of chances and finds Maddison, who delays a pass for Son. Wan-Bissaka makes an inch-perfect interception. For all the criticism of what the other side of his game might lack, Manchester United’s right-back really is fantastic at that sort of stuff.

46th minute: We’re back underway. No changes for either side,

Halftime: The deadlock remains intact. Fernandes will wonder how he didn’t give United the lead; Onana will be grateful that his post twice stopped Spurs from going in front in a matter of seconds. Grab yourself some refreshments and we’ll see you in a little while.

45th minute+1: We’re into three minutes of added time at the end of an entertaining half.

44th minute: Sarr bundles down the right and wins a free-kick off Mason Mount. Good spell for Spurs this, with United looking increasingly ragged. A combination of Martinez and Fernandes clear the set piece and Onana claims the follow-up cross under pressure from Richarlison.

40th minuteTOTTENHAM HIT THE POST TWICE!!!! Porro strikes one sweetly from the edge of the box. Onana doesn’t sniff it and it cannons against the top of his left-hand post. Spurs keep the attack alive, Sarr’s cross deflects off Shaw’s knee and hits the same upright. 

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39th minute: New directives, old directives, whatever. That’s a booking any time in the past 30 years. Bissouma bursts past Antony, who hacks him down. Fernandes comes to have a word and also gets a yellow card.

36th minute: Oh good heavens Bruno Fernandes, what have you done? Shaw stands up a delicious cross from the left, Fernandes darts into the six-yard box unmarked and heads over from the middle of the goal! United’s No. 8 looks around at the assistant to see if he was offside. He wasn’t. It’s an utterly dreadful miss.

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33rd minute: Wan-Bissaka prevents Spurs from taking a quick free-kick and new directive fan Michael Oliver produces his yellow card with a flourish.

30th minuteGreat save by Onana! Spurs slice through United on the break. Son plays the ball into the box from the left and Sarr bursts onto it, only to be thwarted by the former Ajax and Internazionale keeper.

27th minute: Rashford gets past Van de Ven — that’s not an even fight right now — and feeds Garnacho. The youngster hesitates and has a shot blocked behind for a corner by Romero. The problem for the Argentina defender is he’s got his arms flailing about and the ball hit one of them. VAR check complete… no penalty!

25th minute: Back come the hosts with a sweeping move that ends with Onana pouching a Kulusevski shot.

24th minute: Cutback from Shaw and Bissouma dashes out to block Fernandes’ shot. United are starting to dominate but whatever Spurs lack in defensive assurance they’re making up for in terms of dogged bloody-mindedness.

23rd minuteBehave yourself Bruno Fernandes! Garnacho rolls a pass back to the Portugal midfielder, who launches an audacious Rabona chip into the box. Rashford heads over and had strayed offside in any case. That deserved better!

22nd minute: Onana pings a glorious crossfield ball out to Garnacho and, suddenly, Spurs are in trouble. Van de Ven does well to block and clear the cross.

19th minute: Bissouma bursts past Casemiro to win a free-kick. Maddison aims one in from the left but it’s another easy clearance. The England international hasn’t quite found his range from dead balls so far.

17th minute: Kulusevski gets in behind Luke Shaw and wins Tottenham’s latest corner. Both teams have pacey attacks and defensive structures that leave plenty to be desired. Good one for the neutral!

14th minute: Rashford likes the look of this high line from Spurs, who are living increasingly dangerously. A last-ditch block denies Garnacho.

13th minute: Nice give and go from Rashford, who dart onto Antony’s return pass to get his shot away. Vicario comes out well to close the angle and make the save.

8th minute: Garnacho and Shaw combine well to win a corner. Fernandes is back on, moving a little gingerly. Varane rises to meet Shaw’s corner. Vicario pushes it behind, even through the header appeared to be going over anyway. He doesn’t pay for the misjudgement as Mount’s corner from the right comes to nothing.

6th minute: More early action for Porro, who snaps into a 50/50 with Fernandes. The Spurs player for there first and Fernandes was a little non-committal. He needs treatment, worrying moments.

3rd minute: That’s the other side of the equation, though. Porro receives a pass from Vicario and gets caught in possession by Mount. United fashion a shooting opportunity for Antony, who fires just over.

1st minute: United get us underway and boot the ball down field. Spurs build calmly under pressure from the back, very much the Postecoglu way. The passes are sharp and they play through United, with Porro getting into a crossing position down the right. He finds Son at the back post, who badly miscues his volley, but that’s a very encouraging first attack for the hosts.

5 mins from kickoff: Here come the teams walking out in to the late afternoon sunshine and a raucous atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

20 mins from kickoff: United are also in a state of flux in the centre-forward position as they wait for new signing Rasmus Hojlund to gain full fitness. Marcus Rashford will lead the line once again after drawing a blank against Wolves. The England star’s prolific form in the middle of last season came largely from his favoured spot on the left wing. Playing at the centre of the attack has often looked like a tougher gig for Rashford, who scored 17 Premier League goals in 2022/23 but only three after the end of February.

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40 mins from kickoff: This is Tottenham’s first home game since the club’s all-time record goalscorer Harry Kane completed his move to Bayern Munich. That means it’s a big day for Richarlison. The former Watford and Everton star struggled for a regular place in the side after joining Spurs last season. There was much mirth at his Premier League tally of one goal from 27 appearances, only 12 of which were starts.

On that basis alone, he looks like an awful candidate to replace one of the most lethal goalscorers of the modern era. However, it should be remembered that Richarlison was Brazil’s starting centre-forward at the 2022 World Cup and he filled one of the most high-pressured roles in world football with distinction. With Kane gone, it is time for him to show that form consistently in north London.

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55 mins from kickoff: And this is the home XI. Pedro Porro and Pape Sarr replace Emerson Royal and Oliver Skipp.

1 hour from kickoff: Here are the teams. United are unchanged, meaning Garnacho and Antony start as the wide attackers in support of Marcus Rashford.

1 hr 20 mins from kickoff: The team news will be with us in around 20 minutes. Cristian Romero is available to return to the Tottenham defence after suffering a head injury in the act of scoring last weekend. Meanwhile, there appeared to be two main things to ponder for Ten Hag.

The first Premier League outing for the Casemiro, Mason Mount and Bruno Fernandes midfield trio showed a lack of balance, with the Brazil international too often isolated at the base of the three. Elsewhere, Alejandro Garnacho failed to impress in a starting berth and it might be back to the super-sub duties where the Argentine winger has thrived this afternoon.

1 hr 40 mins to kickoff: In the opening round of fixtures United won and Spurs didn’t. But it’s safe to say there was probably more to enjoy about Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Brentford, with Ange Postecoglou’s expansive playing style already taking root. United probably got away with one as Raphael Varane’s 76th-minute goal pinched a forgettable win over Wolves.

However, if Ten Hag’s men make it two wins out of two in north London to leave Spurs with one point from two games. the ever-volatile equation when it comes to early season optimism will shift again.

2 hours to kickoff: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ live coverage of Tottenham vs Manchester United in the Premier League.

Tottenham vs Man United lineups, team news

Tottenham’s injury list remains largely unchanged with Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentancur and Bryan Gil all still out, but Tanguy Ndombele should be fit enough to return to the squad.

Cristian Romero starts after suffering a blow to the head while scoring at Brentford. Pedro Porro and Pape Sarr come in as Emerson Royal and Oliver Skipp drop to the bench.

Tottenham lineup (4-2-3-1): Vicario (GK) — Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie — Sarr, Bissouma — Kulusevski, Maddison, Son — Richarlison

Rasmus Hojlund is still not fit enough to make his United debut, with Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo also ruled out. Romero’s Argentina teammate Lisandro Martinez is fit to start despite going off against Wolves.

Man United lineup (4-1-4-1): Onana (GK) – Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw – Casemiro – Antony, Fernandes, Mount, Garnacho – Rashford

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Tottenham vs Man United live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

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UK: This match is available on Sky Sports’ streaming and TV platforms.

USA: This fixture will be broadcast on NBC Sports with streaming options on Fubo.

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Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.

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