Manchester United ended their poor run in the English Premier League after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in a hard-fought win at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It was United’s first league win at home since September.
Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the match, his first league goal of the season before being stretchered off injured late in the game. He also became the first Armenian to score in the EPL.
The win left United to sixth on the log and three points adrift of Spurs who occupy the fifth position.
For Spurs it is their second defeat of the season after suffering their first loss against Chelsea.
Paul Pogba almost gave United the perfect start in the second minute but Hugo Lloris made superb save to prevent his side from going behind early.
In the 19th minute David De Gea was called into action, making a brilliant save from Christian Eriksen’s well-taken free-kick.
Lloris denied United another goal opportunity by saving Ander Herrera’s header after Jan Vertonghen had blocked Mkhitaryan’s shot.
United eventually went in front through Mkhitaryan on 29 minutes after he ran on to Herrera’s pass and finished emphatically past Lloris.
With 11 minutes remaining in the first half Zlatan Ibrahimovic went close for United off Antonio Valencia’ s cross but Lloris made a smart save.
In the 36th minute, Heung-Min Son’s swerving effort from the edge of the box was palmed over the bar by De Gea.
Spurs had a wonderful chance to equalise through Victor Wanyama on 59 minutes but he couldn’t direct his header off Eriksen’s free-kick towards goal despite being left unmarked.
In the 63rd minute Pogba hit a brilliant free-kick which crashed against the crossbar.
Eriksen had another chance to draw Spurs level from a free-kick but his effort was well saved by De Gea.
With five minutes remaining Mkhitaryan was staken off injured following a foul by Danny Rose and was replaced by Eric Bailly.