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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester United: Spurs see off White Hart Lane with victory

United suffered a deserved defeat in the last ever match at White Hart Lane.

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Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, in the last ever match at White Hart Lane. Goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane in each half were enough to ensure Wayne Rooney's late strike was nothing more than a consolation, and United merited nothing more.

It took less than six minutes for Spurs to break the deadlock, and it came after Ben Davies took receipt of a short corner deep on the left flank. His floating cross cleared Wayne Rooney but not Victor Wanyama, who powered a header beyond David de Gea to open the scoring.

It set the tone for a very disappointing match from United, who caused Spurs a solitary first half scare in the 18th minute. Wayne Rooney sent Anthony Martial haring down the left on the counter-attack, though the Frenchman darted inside and curled his low shot just wide of Hugo Lloris's far post.

Seconds later Spurs should've doubled their advantage, after Son Heung-min capitalised on chaos in United's defensive ranks to waltz clean through on de Gea's goal. Fortunately the Korean's shot was straight at the Spaniard, before Christian Eriksen fired the rebound wide of the target.

There was still time for United's keeper to be called into action twice before halftime, with both Dele Alli and Harry Kane denied from tight angles. At the interval, the visitors were lucky to be trailing by only one.

Alas, it didn't stay that way for long. Within five minutes of the restart Spurs had gone two to the good, with Kane netting Spurs' second. A glorious Eriksen free-kick left the England international with a simple finish, the ball sailing into the top of United's goal on a flicked volley at the near post.

The clock ticked on and United showed little sign of clawing their way back into the game. That changed in the blink of an eye with 20 minutes left on the clock, when Martial finished some fleet-footed wing-play with a low cross for Rooney. The United captain just had to bundle the ball into the back of the net, and made no mistake.

However, it proved only a momentary lapse from Spurs, who saw off White Hart Lane with a victory. For their part, United didn't look especially bothered. The Europa League final really will make or break this season.