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Christian Eriksen’s 10.5-second goal sets Tottenham for 2-0 win over Manchester United

Christian Eriksen’s 10.5-second goal sets Tottenham for 2-0 win over Manchester United
Watched by the Premier League’s biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition’s fastest goals. Manchester United hadn’t even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. “It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch,” Eriksen said after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory. Jose Mourinho watched aghast. “Ridiculous,” was the United manager’s assessment after his conceded for the first time since December 26.

But not quite as hard to fathom as the second goal.On a night when Mourinho’s side was outrun and new recruit Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact, United’s pitiful performance was summed up by the own-goal that sealed Tottenham’s win. Phil Jones inadvertently turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net in the 28th minute when the United defender was under no immediate pressure.

After the kickoff, Jan Vertonghen’s high, long pass from inside his own half reached Harry Kane who headed to Dele Alli and the midfielder flicked the ball across for Eriksen to finish.“We prepare that situation,” Pochettino said.
Christian Eriksen’s 10.5-second goal sets Tottenham for 2-0 win over Manchester United
“After kickoff is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watched it before, we analyze opponents,” Mourinho said. “The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane normally he is already inside, before the kickoff, he is already inside the opponent. We knew everything and then we don’t press the ball.”

Mourinho broke down United’s shortcomings in detail.“One mistake, we don’t clean the ball in the air,” he said. “Second mistake, we don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake, we don’t cover the fullback inside when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes.”

With the title appearing unattainable, United will have to settle with locking down second place for the team’s highest-place finish since Alex Ferguson won a record-extending English title in 2013 before retiring.
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