Sub Mar­tial shows value with win­ner for United

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AN­THONY Mar­tial once again proved his value off the bench after his 81st-minute strike gave Manch­ester United a 1-0 vic­tory over Tot­ten­ham in a cagey af­fair at Old Traf­ford.

With the rain buck­et­ing down in the north-west nei­ther side was able to dic­tate the tempo in an even con­test, and it seemed the spoils would be shared when Lukaku’s header came back off a post.

But a de­fen­sive lapse from the vis­i­tors al­lowed an un­marked Lukaku to flick on for substitute Mar­tial, whose bob­bled ef­fort went be­yond Hugo Lloris for the French­man’s fourth goal as a substitute this sea­son.

More im­por­tantly for United, Mar­tial’s strike main­tained their 100 per cent win­ning record at home this sea­son, in which they have not con­ceded ei­ther, as they moved three points clear of third-placed Spurs in the Premier League.

Ri­vals Manch­ester City re­tained a five-point cush­ion at the top of the stand­ings but were given a brief scare be­fore run­ning out 3-2 win­ners at West Brom.

Free-scor­ing City went ahead in the 10th minute when Leroy Sane slammed home but they were al­most im­me­di­ately pegged back when Gareth Barry’s lofted ball al­lowed Jay Ro­driguez to out­mus­cle John Stones and lift over Eder­son.

Nor­mal ser­vice re­sumed in a fran­tic open­ing quar­ter of an hour as Fer­nand­inho’s de­flected strike crept past Ben Foster, whose net was breached again in the 64th minute when Ra­heem Ster­ling slot­ted home from David Silva’s low cross.

Matt Phillips prof­ited from a Ni­co­las Ota­mendi er­ror to score in stop­page time but City’s eighth suc­ces­sive league win was never in doubt.

Liver­pool’s sec­ond-half blitz brought Hud­der­s­field crash­ing back down to earth fol­low­ing the Ter­ri­ers’ win over Manch­ester United last week.

Mo­hamed Salah missed a first-half penalty but any Reds nerves were set­tled through goals from Daniel Stur­ridge and Roberto Firmino be­fore Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum net­ted to clinch a 3-0 win.

Wil­fried Zaha scored in the sev­enth minute of time added-on as rock­bot­tom Crys­tal Palace bat­tled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with West Ham.

First-half goals from Javier Her­nan­dez and An­dre Ayew looked to have given un­der pres­sure Ham­mers man­ager Slaven Bilic a much-needed lift but Luka Milivo­je­vic’s penalty and Zaha’s last-gasp strike helped the Ea­gles claim a point.

Darren Fletcher grabbed his first goal for Stoke and his 16th-minute vol­ley proved de­ci­sive in the Pot­ters’ 1-0 vic­tory at Wat­ford, while an Eden Hazard goal was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 win at Bournemouth.

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