Tottenham climbed to sixth place in the Premier League table after recording an impressive 2-1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen strikes put Spurs two goals to the good yet the London club showed their resilienc, hanging on desperately for the last twenty minutes or so after Danny Welbeck’s goal gave United a way back into the match.
Wayne Rooney returned to the starting lineup for the home side while Tim Sherwood kept faith with the attacking philosophy that has characterised his start to life at Spurs, with Roberto Soldado and Adebayor both starting.
It was a selection that quickly paid dividends as Spurs took the game to a flat looking United side.
Soldado’s delightful reverse through ball put Aaron Lennon in on goal but the winger was thwarted by David De Gea’s feet when arrowing in on goal. Adebayor then put the away side a goal up, rising to power home Eriksen’s cross from the left.
Moments before half-time Soldado should have doubled Spurs’ lead though shinned over horribly after connecting with Lennon’s low, whipped cross.
After the interval David Moyes brought on Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez as he attempted to fire his way back into the game. However, shortly after the double change Eriksen doubled Spurs’ lead, stopping to nod home Lennon’s ball in.
The lead was quickly reduced when Welbeck caught the Tottenham defence napping and nipped in to loft over De Gea with 20 minutes remaining.
Inspired by Adnan Januzaj, United cranked up the pressure in the closing stages of the game yet were unable to prevent Spurs recording back-to-back victories at Old Trafford, allowing the visitors to leapfrog above Manchester United into sixth place in the Premier League.