Tottenham bids White Hart Lane “goodbye” in classy style

Tottenham bids White Hart Lane “goodbye” in classy style

Willy Bantu

Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane scored in either half to ensure Tottenham were victorious over Manchester United in their final game at White Hart Lane.

Spurs plan to have their new stadium, built on the same site, ready for the 2018-19 campaign and will play their home matches at Wembley for the entirety of next season.

After 118 years, Mauricio Pochettino’s side left their current ground on a high by staying unbeaten there this season and securing second spot in the Premier League.

Wanyama got Spurs off to the best possible start with a header five minutes in and Kane doubled their lead early in the second half, flicking home from a Christian Eriksen free-kick.

Captain Wayne Rooney gave United hope of a recovery when he poked in from Anthony Martial’s low cross, but they were unable to spoil the leaving party. Defeat means Jose Mourinho’s men cannot now finish in the top four.

They can still qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League, but Mourinho will have to settle for fifth or sixth place in his first season at the club.

Tottenham’s title chances ended last week with their defeat by West Ham, and the trophy went to Chelsea on Friday. With a Champions League place already guaranteed, Pochettino said their final home match was all about making it a special day for the fans.

And the Tottenham players gave supporters a first-half performance to remember. Five minutes into the second half, the hosts doubled their lead. Eriksen’s free-kick curled into the path of Kane and he out-smarted defender Chris Smalling to poke home his first goal against United.

United’s focus is firmly on winning the Europa League title – they face Ajax on 24 May – and Mourinho said after Sunday’s defeat: “The most important thing for us now is having one less match to play.

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