Wayne Rooney delivers knockout blow as Man United cruise past Spurs
Manchester United moved to within just two points of second-placed Manchester City thanks to a commanding 3-0 Premier League victory against Tottenham.
United needed just nine minutes to break the deadlock at Old Trafford as Marouane Fellaini picked out the bottom corner after being played in by Michael Carrick.
Carrick soon turned from provider to goal scorer, doubling his side’s lead with a well-taken header after Tottenham had failed to deal with a corner.
And Wayne Rooney made it three inside 34 minutes, capitalising on some poor Spurs defending as he raced clear of two opponents and then slotted past Hugo Lloris. His celebration — pretending to box before falling to the ground — made reference to footage that was unearthed showing the forward appearing to be knocked unconscious by Stoke City full-back Phil Bardsley.
Tottenham failed to recover from their first-half display and were unable to pull a goal back after the break as United held on comfortably for the win.