Ashley Young netted two second-half goals as Manchester United moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester City at the top of the table after a clinical 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

The home side started promisingly, with United goalkeeper David de Gea called into early action when he denied Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor, before Younes Kaboul went close with a deflected free-kick.

Adebayor thought he had broken the deadlock after good work by Aaron Lennon, but his goal was ruled out after the Togolese star handballed before back-heeling into the top corner.

United responded by surging down the other end, Young swinging in a corner for Wayne Rooney to head home after getting in front of Kyle Walker moments before half-time.

Young doubled the lead with an acrobatic volley, after Spurs switched off from a throw-in, and the winger curled his second and United's third with a splendid 20 yard strike from the edge of the box to put the game beyond doubt.

Substitute Jermain Defoe hit a late consolation to ease the scoreline slightly - which was harsh on the hosts. But, the result ultimately proved the difference in class between second and third in the Premier League table, ending Tottenham's hopes of winning the title, while United keep pressure on City.

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