Manchester United moved within a point of the Premier League’s top four after a dominant 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur Old Trafford on Wednesday. After failing to get the goal their control merited in the first half, United broke the deadlock in the 47th minute when Fred’s 20 yard effort deflected in off Ben Davies.Bruno Fernandes made the lead secure with just over 20 minutes remaining after curling a delightful first-time shot past Hugo Lloris from just inside the penalty area.

The win, achieved with Ronald limited to the role of spectator from the bench, continued United’s positive momentum under Erik ten Hag since a difficult start to the season. They stay in fifth place in the Premier League but are now just a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Tottenham remain third, but missed a chance to leapfrog Manchester city and move to within a point of leaders Arsenal. The first half was almost entirely one-way traffic, with Lloris forced into a series of saves in the Tottenham goal to keep the game goalless. It was Rashford, starting in place of Ronaldo, who had the clearest opportunity. And the forward might have done better after being played clean through by Fred but firing close enough to Lloris that it allowed the French stopper to get down and turn the ball behind.