By SAM JOHNSTON
LONDON (AP) – Anthony Martial struck late against Tottenham to ensure Manchester United still has Manchester City within its sights at the top of the English Premier League.
Martial came off the bench to score the only goal of the game at Old Trafford on Saturday, preventing third-placed Spurs from claiming what would have been a valiant point in the absence of leading scorer Harry Kane.
Having suffered its first league defeat of the season last weekend at Huddersfield, United remains five points behind City, which showed no sign of slowing down as it remained unbeaten with a 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion.
It looked like the gap in the standings would be larger with 10 minutes remaining at Old Trafford, until Martial latched onto Romelu Lukaku’s flick on and calmly found the bottom corner.
“I was so disappointed at Huddersfield because it looks like in that match we didn’t know the responsibility, we didn’t know the ambition, we didn’t know that every point is a precious point,” United manager Jose Mourinho said.
“Today, if we drew the match or even if in the last minute we concede a goal and we lose 1-0, I wouldn’t be against the players because I felt from minute one every ball was like the last ball of their careers. They gave absolutely everything, so I’m really happy with them.”
Arsenal came from behind to defeat Swansea 2-1 and move within a point of Tottenham.
Liverpool brought Huddersfield back to reality with a 3-0 victory at Anfield.
Stoke secured a much-needed three points by beating Watford 1-0, and Crystal Palace came from 2-0 down to draw with West Ham 2-2.
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