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    • Manchester United start season with 1-0 win over Tottenham - Kyle Walker own goal
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    8/8/2015 10:48:17 AM

    Welcome back! At last, the wait is over. To the delight of
    fans everywhere, the Premier League has returned!

    With the Euros looming on the horizon, the PL has started a
    week earlier to give England four weeks to prepare for the tournament once the
    season end.
    Naturally, this has drawn some criticism particularly from Arsene
    Wenger who labelled the decision a “massive mistake”.

    But in our eyes, there’s no such thing as too early – we can’t
    wait to get started.

    8/8/2015 10:41:31 AM
    The line-up has been announced - here's United's opening team:


    8/8/2015 10:52:41 AM
    Tottenham's line-up:

    8/8/2015 10:57:09 AM

    More info on the line-ups...
    8/8/2015 10:58:17 AM

    8/8/2015 11:00:49 AM

    8/8/2015 11:01:53 AM
    So, Romero starts over De Gea...Not the best of starts for United. 
    The plot thickens with regards to the Spaniard's future at Old Trafford...

    8/8/2015 11:05:37 AM

    Manchester United vs Tottenham preview: It's a big day for Louis van Gaal

    The IndependentFor last minute details for the game, have a quick read of our preview above...
    8/8/2015 11:10:39 AM

    As suspected, David de Gea will be watching the match from the sideline. 

    8/8/2015 11:15:42 AM

    So far all the attention has been on United and the news that Romero is starting over De Gea in goal.

    But what about Tottenham and Harry Kane in particular? Can he repeat last season’s performance which earnt him the PFA Young Player of the Year award?

    Or, alternatively, will he turn out to be a one-trick pony, another flash in the pan? As the Euros draws nearer, let’s hope it’s not the latter.

    8/8/2015 11:17:46 AM
    Mauricio Pochettino: "We are ready for today, the pre-season was really good." Spurs only won one of their pre-season fixtures....but to be fair to the Argentine, that was against AC Milan.

    Let's see if they can repeat that performance.
    8/8/2015 11:27:56 AM
    "This is just the beginning," says Memphis Depay to BT.
    Sounds promising! Excited to see what he has to offer.
    8/8/2015 11:37:05 AM
    Praying Michael Owen won't be commentating the game...
    8/8/2015 11:40:28 AM
    Anyways, this is it. It's been too long - time to get started.
    8/8/2015 11:46:00 AM
    3 min:
    As expected in the opening couple of minutes, nothing overly threatening so far. Ball is running across the deck lovely though - fantastic pitch.

    8/8/2015 11:49:17 AM
    4 min:
    First chance of the game! Kane picks the ball up on the edge of the box, dinks it over their back line for Eriksen who knocks it over Romero and over the goal too.
    8/8/2015 11:51:41 AM
    7 min:
    Vorm comfortably catches a cross pinged in from Matteo Darmian - looks calm and collected.
    8/8/2015 11:53:34 AM
    Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
    8/8/2015 11:53:59 AM
    9 min:
    Spurs break forward down the right with Kane leading the charge. But Chris Smalling deals with him in the bottom right corner and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    8/8/2015 11:55:50 AM
    11 min:
    Spurs with the corner after a Romero pass to Schneiderlin is given away. Eirksen feeds Kane who takes a shot which is then deflected.
    8/8/2015 11:57:48 AM
    12 min:
    Disappointing outswinging corner as Alderweireld wins the header but nothing comes from it.
    8/8/2015 11:58:45 AM
    14 min:
    Spurs seem to have had the majority of the possession so far, but the teams are looking relatively even. Nice and tidy so far.
    8/8/2015 12:00:46 PM
    16 min:
    Eriksen plays a lovely ball over to Kane in the penalty box but he gets surrounded by United players and eventually the ball ends up going out for a throw-in.
    8/8/2015 12:03:32 PM
    Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Spurs - 18 mins: Romero blocks an attempt from Kyle Walker within the box as Spurs ramp up the pressure.
    8/8/2015 12:06:10 PM
    Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Spurs - 20 mins: Dembele runs on to a through ball from Kane and is open on goal - but the flag goes up. Offside.
    8/8/2015 12:07:29 PM
    GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 21 min: Walker o.g.
    8/8/2015 12:08:49 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs - 21 min: Against the run of play, United go one goal up thanks to a Kyle Walker own goal. Depay plays across a low ball from the right to Rooney in the middle who's shot deflects off Walker's shin.
    8/8/2015 12:12:04 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs - 26 mins: First yellow card to Vertonghen for a late challenge on Mata. United free-kick on the edge of the box.

    Mata takes but the ball is blasted into the Spurs wall.
    8/8/2015 12:13:27 PM
    Latest: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (29 min)
    8/8/2015 12:15:29 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs - 34 mins: Spurs are looking very unsettled now as United start to up the pressure. Sloppy play in the middle from Spurs as possession is given away to Rooney who goes on to play a penetrating ball for Mata. The Spaniard picks it up in the penalty box but his shot isn't struck cleanly and goes out for a goal kick.
    8/8/2015 12:22:20 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs - 38 min: Ball from the right is played to Schneiderlin who receives the ball at pace. He tries to dink it over the wall of Tottenham defenders for one of United's forward players to run on to but he puts too much power on the pass which ends up in the hands of Vorm.
    8/8/2015 12:26:00 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs - 43 min: United in the driving seat now as we approach half-time.
    8/8/2015 12:29:37 PM
    Young and Walker go head-to-head

    8/8/2015 12:31:54 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs 45 min: Just before the half-time whistle goes, Spurs whip in a free-kick into the United box which ends up falling to Alderweireld. Romero comfortably deals with his shot as the whistle blows.
    8/8/2015 12:33:54 PM
    HALF TIME: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs
    8/8/2015 12:34:27 PM
    Interesting stat for the game from Twitter...

    8/8/2015 12:35:32 PM

    Walker looks on with despair as he concedes an own goal, putting United one up .

    Half time - Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs:  The game hasn't quite been the match we thought it would be. After a strong start from Spurs, during which they threatened United's back four, the London side have gone quiet.

    Kyle Walker's own-goal swung the direction of the game in United's favour who went on to up the pressure. Depay has looked impressive so far and has been involved in a number of United's chances.
    8/8/2015 12:39:51 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 45 mins: And we're back for the second half. No changes to either side. Spurs will need to make sure they stop giving it away if they stand any chance of getting back in this game.
    8/8/2015 12:50:43 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 50 mins: Blind gets caught in front of his penalty box and the ball falls to Kane who is then himself dispossessed. United drive forward and after some nice footwork down the left, the ball is played into the centre and picked up Depay. His 30-yard short flies over the crossbar.
    8/8/2015 12:54:26 PM
    Substitution for Tottenham - 52 mins: Ryan Mason for Nabil Bentaleb
    8/8/2015 12:57:02 PM

    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 57 mins: Free-kick for Spurs after a high-foot from Blind. Eriksen puts in a very threatening ball but it's claimed well by Romero. Looks like Schweinsteiger will be making his Premier League debut too.
    8/8/2015 1:01:53 PM

    Substitution for Manchester United - 60 minBastian Schweinsteiger for Michael Carrick
    Rooney takes a knock to the head from Vertonghen but appears to have shaken it off.
    8/8/2015 1:03:32 PM

    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 62 mins: Kane picks the ball up in the middle, takes a couple of steps forward but in his attempt to play a ball out wide to the left, he ends up blasting it out for a throw-in. Not what we want to see from one of England's strikers.
    8/8/2015 1:06:59 PM
    Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 64 mins: Already, Schweinsteiger is doing what he does best. He plays a lofted ball down the right to Rooney who whips the ball into the box. After a small scramble the ball falls to Ashley Young on the edge of the box but his shot poses no challenge to Vorm.
    8/8/2015 1:09:27 PM
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