5 Mar 2012

United thump Spurs

7:31 am on 5 March 2012

Manchester United remain just 2 points behind cross-town rivals City at the top of the English football Premiership following a 3-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

England winger Ashley Young scored twice in the space of nine second-half minutes at White Hart Lane after Wayne Rooney's 44th-minute header had given United a somewhat fortunate halftime lead against a toothless Spurs.

Substitute Jermain Defoe scored a late consolation for Spurs who suffered their second heavy defeat in eight days after last week's 5-2 thrashing at north London rivals Arsenal.

With 11 games remaining champions United have 64 points to the 66 of City with Tottenham on 53, four points ahead of Arsenal in the race for an automatic Champions League spot.

In this morning's other matches Fulham beat Wolves 5-nil and Newcastle and Sunderland drew 1-all.