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Manchester United edge to victory over Tottenham on opening day

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The first game of the Barclays Premier League season got under way and it was a rather new look Manchester United hosting Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

With the amount of signings United have pulled off so far the match on paper seemed to offer a lot of excitement to look forward to, but the match did pan out that way.

Early on in fact the the biggest surprise were Spurs who did everything right until Kyle Walker poked a ball into his own net giving Manchester United the lead before they even registered a shot on target - which may be why Louis Van Gaal was not exactly excited when his side went ahead.

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The Red Devils were nowhere near as convincing as that 3-0 victory in March last season at Old Trafford. New boys Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Mattieo Darmian started with Schweinstiger on the bench for the Reds.

Out of the four it was only Darmian who truly impressed during the 80 minutes he was on the pitch. Indeed his presence was missed as Antonio Valencia slotted to the right back position after he was subbed off as United faced a nervy final 10 minutes of the game. However both Chris Smalling and Sergio Romero combined to deny Spurs an equaliser and Van Gaal was relieved to walk away with three points.

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Spurs started brightly and had the best chance of the game early on as Harry Kane dinked a ball to Christian Erikssen who could only fire over the crossbar with Romero rooted to his spot.

Spurs continued their surge to find a goal and managed to dominate Manchester United but against the run of play the home side scored.

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Memphis intercepted a pass to find Young ahead of him, and the winger squared the ball to Rooney only for Walker to beat Rooney to the punch by prodding the ball into his own net.

All in all it was a match full of mistakes settled by a mistake and for the first time in the history of the Premier League the first goal of the season was on own goal, but there is certainly a lot look forward to from both sides over the course of the season.

Manchester United are looking to end a two year trophy drought and Tottenham are looking to end a five year Champions League drought. With this season underway lets hope for the best for both teams.

Which team looked better equipped to challenge for the title - Tottenham or Manchester United?

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