Sports Desk, Oct 19 (EFE).- Manchester Union were clearly the better side Wednesday against Tottenham Hotspur and the winning margin would have been bigger than 2-0 if not for a standout performance by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Despite the loss, Spurs remain third in the Premier League with 23 points, the same as second-place Manchester City, who lead the London side on goal difference.
And Tottenham are 3 points ahead of Chelsea and 4 better than Man United, though both of those clubs have a game in hand.
In front of 80,000 at Old Trafford, the Red Devils set a frenetic pace in the first half and should have at least a couple goals by the break, but Lloris made four tremendous stops and the post denied Antony in the 10th minute.
The hosts broke through early in the second half, as Fred’s attempt from close range deflected off Spurs defender Eric Dier and past Lloris, who did well in the 49th minute to prevent Marcus Rashford from making it 2-0 for the hosts.
At the other end of the pitch, David de Gea handled the only two shots he faced all night, both from Harry Kane, who failed to score for the first time in nine matches.
De Gea’s second save against the England captain set up a counter that culminated in a goal by Bruno Fernandes that sealed the victory for United.
Liverpool, coming off an emotionally charged triumph over City last weekend, were fortunate to eke out a 1-0 win Wednesday against West Ham United.
Darwin Nuñez put the Reds ahead in the 22nd minute, but Mohamed Salah squandered a pair of chances to extend the lead and Alisson had to stop Jerrod Bowen from the penalty spot.
The result lifted Liverpool to seventh place with 16 points, while the Hammers are 13th.
Chelsea missed a chance to go level with Spurs on points, managing only a 0-0 draw with Brentford, who had only 33 percent possession yet matched the Blues with five shots on target.
Newcastle United improved to 18 points – good enough for sixth place – with a solid 1-0 result against visiting Everton, who were held to a single shot.
Miguel Almiron scored for the hosts at the half-hour and one goal proved sufficient as the Magpies posted their league-best fifth clean sheet of the season. EFE id/dr