An 11th-second strike from Christian Eriksen coupled with an own goal from Phil Jones gave Tottenham a well-deserved victory against Manchester United at the Wembley.
The 25-year-old Denmark international was at the receiving end of a well-worked move right from the kickoff before Dele Alli flipped the ball on to his way. Scoring his 7th goal of the season, Eriksen became the joint-third fastest goalscorer in the Premier League. Tottenham were always the better side right from the first whistle and pressing high up the field, chances came far and between only for David De Gea to stand firm between them and the net.
A win, witnessed by a record Premier League attendance 81,978 – saw Tottenham close the gap between them and the 3rd-placed Liverpool and Chelsea. The Merseysiders defeated Huddersfield 3-0 recently, taking their tally to 50 points in 25 games. For Chelsea, the Blues lost to Bournemouth at home and that has given Tottenham a perfect advantage to climb up the log.
Minutes before the half-hour mark, Tottenham found themselves leading by two goals after defender Phil Jones fired into his own after Kieran Trippier delivered a low cross into the area. Meanwhile, the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min came close to scoring but De Gea made sure the scoreline stayed the same.
Tottenham have now won three successive home league games against Manchester United for the first time since September 1966. Talking in particular, Christian Eriksen eventually turned out to be one hot figure to handle as he was involved in everything that Tottenham did. And the fans, well… this is how they reacted:
thank you,turned a crap day day into a great one.
— Srupsman (@VodkaSrups) February 1, 2018
Great game . You and Dembele runnthe show !
— Adam Brooks (@EssexPR) February 1, 2018
Brilliant goal, great performance from our super Dane…… congratulations lads 👌💪💪👍
— Amanda (@SpurOnTheGulls) February 1, 2018
Superb game! Well done Chris and thanks for a brilliant night! #COYS 💙
— tash (@tashLDN) February 1, 2018
Frickin awesome Christian. 😘
— Paula (@PaulaL1882) February 1, 2018
You bossed it, lad. You were missed. Never leave!#COYS
— Mpho Kekana (@Afro_Scot) February 1, 2018
Please stay forever!
— elliott (@elliott_sull) February 1, 2018
You’re a natural! #GreatDane
— Andy (@AndyBOy80) February 1, 2018
Quickest #PL goals:
10 secs – Ledley King (2000)
10 secs – Alan Shearer (2003)
11 secs – CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (2018)
11 secs – Mark Viduka (2001) pic.twitter.com/WiGWjdi5it
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 31, 2018
00:11 – Christian Eriksen’s goal after 11 seconds for Tottenham Hotspur tonight was the fastest that Manchester United have ever conceded in the Premier League. Rapid. #TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/UHvEFDeNmN
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 31, 2018
Christian Eriksen’s stats v Man Utd:
92.6% pass accuracy
10 balls gained
6 key passes
Man of the Match 👊 pic.twitter.com/mxQ2BiDz0L
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 31, 2018
Fantastic player. Makes a huge difference to #spurs
— Pub Football (@pubfootballpod) January 31, 2018