Matic warns rivals United have a head for heights

Author: Greg WilcoxSun, 2017-10-29 03:00ID: 1509216171719083700LONDON: Manchester United’s victory against Tottenham proves they have what it takes to win the title. That was the view of Nemanja Matic who admitted the win was far from easy.
An Anthony Martial strike nine minutes from time was enough to grab the three points and, for a while at least, close the gap with Manchester City at the top of the table to two points.
The hosts were far from fluid, however, failing to click and looking scrappy for most of the 90 minutes. But that mattered little at the final whistle having beaten one of their rivals for the Premier League crown.
And with the three points in the bag, man of the match Matic declared United had shown they are good enough to go all the way and win the title.
“It was very important for us to win against a good team, one of the best in league,” the Serbian told Sky Sports.
“We got the goal and won. It was a difficult game, we were very good today. It was a great game and important to take the three points.
“They had more of the ball in the first half but we had more chances. They play great football but most important is the result in the end. If we can continue like this then we can compete for the title.”
United went into the match on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat at newly promoted Huddersfield and, before that, a drab draw against Liverpool. It was that particular match that United boss Jose Mourinho received a lot of criticism for.
Having gone into the match against their arch-rivals as a free-scoring, entertaining team United played for the draw against a side whose defense is their Achilles’ heel.
Those results meant they went into the clash at Old Trafford needing a win and a performance to underline, and perhaps remind, people of their title-winning credentials. And the win left Mourinho a happy man.
“We deserved to win,” he said. “It was a difficult match, two big teams both trying to win. We played well to beat a very, very good team.”
Spurs also went into the match with questions hanging over them, the main one being could they prove they are not a one-man team? Without Harry Kane — out with a hamstring injury — they offered only glimpses of the side that has sparkled this season.
They mustered only one real chance — a Dele Alli strike poked wide of the goal. The defeat brought about an end to the side’s unbeaten run and they looked flat for most of the 90 minutes.
The Martial goal was ultimately all that separated the teams — Romelu Lukaku heading the ball into the path of the substitute who beat two defenders before slotting home. It was the Frenchman’s fourth goal of the season, all of them scored when he came from off the bench.
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