Manchester United have picked up a vital win thanks to a repeat of the Ronaldo show.
The 37-year-old rolled back the years to secure a fine hat-trick and see off a spirited Tottenham side.
Spurs will be cursing their inconsistency once again. They had the strength of character to come from behind twice through Kane and a Maguire own goal but couldn’t do so a third and final time.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea;
Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire (c), Alex Telles;
Nemanja Matic, Fred; Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho;
SUBS: Victor Lindelof, Juan Mata, Dean Henderson, Edinson Cavani, Aaron Wan-Bissaka,
Anthony Elanga, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris (c);
Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies;
Matt Doherty, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon;
Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min.
SUBS: Steven Bergwijn, Pierluigi Gollini, Harvey White, Harry Winks, Emerson,
Joe Rodon, Dane Scarlett, Lucas Moura, Davinson Sanchez.
1-0. This goal is like a blast from the past. Spurs’ defenders sit off Ronaldo, so the 37-year-old decides to thump the ball towards goal from some way out. The shot whistles clean and proper into the top left corner. Lloris has no chance of saving it.
1-1. Kane steps up and curls the penalty confidently into the bottom left corner of the net. De Gea guesses the right way but can’t get his hand to it.
2-1. Ronaldo grabs his second goal of the game. This is another simple goal. Sancho dashes behind the Spurs’ defence and coolly centres the ball. But, again, Ronaldo can’t miss from close range.
2-2. United’s defence is no longer holding firm! Son slips Reguilon in down the left, and the Spaniard crosses low. Maguire slips as he runs to block it and puts the ball into his net.
3-2. Ronaldo gets his hat-trick with a textbook header! United earn a corner down their right which Telles whips in. Ronaldo arrives unmarked to plant it into the top right corner. After that, there’s simply no stopping him.
So, what’s next for Manchester United and Tottenham?
Manchester United will host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Tottenham will face Brighton and Hove Albion in Premier League.
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