Shooting out of the gate like gangbusters, Christian Eriksen scored the third fastest Premier League goal in Tottenahm’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United.
Jan Vertonghen smashed it long from kick off and Harry Kane out battled Phil Jones in the air, the ball falling favourably for Dele Alli.
Dele had eyes in the back of head, deftly playing a back heel pass to Eriksen, whose left-footed finish rendered useless David de Gea. The clock read 0:11 when Eriksen darted toward the sidelines in celebration.
Tottenham executed the high press to perfection in the first half. It was a flawless example of what the press looks like in a vacuum seal. Delivered with energy, pace and a feverish verve, Spurs allowed Manchester United no time to play from the back, disrupting the visitors’ flow and forcing them into numerous errors.
Eriksen was as sharp as butcher’s blade in his return to the lineup. He showcased the creativity and vision Tottenham have been missing since the Dane went down with the flu two weeks ago.
Spurs’ relentless pursuit led to their second of the first half, as Trippier whipped in a low cross in the 28th minute which Jones deposited expertly into the top of his own goal. Inexplicably, Jones attempted to clear with his right foot when it was clear his left was the only viable option.
The egregious error doubled Spurs advantage in one of the home side’s most impressive first half displays of the season. Talk about a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde contrast from the Newport match. Dele had a penalty claim minutes later, but Antonio Valencia managed to just nick the ball before plowing through the Tottenham midfielder.
Spurs started the second half where they left off, creating havoc for a visibly frazzled United rearguard. Against the run of play, Romelu Lukaku found an inch of space in the 55th minute and fired it on goal, forcing the Hugo Lloris into a wonderful reaction save.
In the 65th minute Eriksen hit a long-range screamer just wide, a moment that had de Gea noticeably worried. The Dane’s craft was a difference maker in the match, as Eriksen again showed his quality minutes later, finding Son Heung-Min with a sublime through ball.
The South Korean went for goal when the better option beckoned to his left. Kane would have enjoyed a tap in had Son played it square.
A thoroughly wonderful evening under the Wembley lights was capped off by silencing the Premier League’s third best offensive unit, while keeping Alexis Sanchez, in his top flight Red Devils’ debut, off the score sheet.
Spurs are now only two points adrift of Liverpool and Chelsea, the latter of whom were trounced 0-3 at home to Bournemouth this evening.