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United's stunning first-half tears Spurs apart


Fantastic from Fellaini

By Chris O'Brien
March 15 2015

Manchester United produced one of their best performances in a long, long time as they tore Spurs apart to keep hopes of a strong Premier League finish very much alive.

Louis van Gaal's men played some stunning first-half football, surging forward with purpose, encouraged by a jubilant home crowd roaring "Attack, Attack, Attack".

With lightweight Spurs simply not at the races, United took full advantage; brushing aside the visitors in style with three excellent first-half goals.

Spurs were ball watching as Marouane Fellaini latched onto Michael Carrick's through ball before firing home on nine minutes, and the two men were involved again moments later as United doubled the lead.

Fellaini nodded on a Spurs corner towards goal, Kyle Walker made a hash of the clearance and a determined Carrick headed home from some distance. The England man's display will have proved a real point to LVG.

Rooney made it three. Thriving in a forward role, as almost all United fans like to see, he seized on a wayward pass from Nabil Bentaleb, before shirking the advances of three sleep-walking Tottenham players and dispatching a cool finish.

The second-half was a quieter affair - with no risk of a reversal of one United's most famous comebacks; the 5-3 win at Spurs having trailed by three at the break. In truth, Tottenham never really threatened at all, and United continued to control proceedings. A Premier League debut for Andreas Pereira and cameo appearances for Falcao and Rafael came from the bench as United saw out a truly brilliant and conclusive win.

United's tactics this season have come in for some criticism - but looked spot on against Spurs. Carrick, Juan Mata, Fellaini and Ashley Young were all hugely impressive, with the Red Devils showing more creativity, ingenuity and ambition than they have for a long time.

Van Gaal's men sit fourth in the table after the weekend's results, and just two points behind second-placed City. Things look a lot more rosy after this demolition job over Spurs, who have dropped to seventh. Well done United.

Full Time - Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Attendance - 75,112)

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