Walker own-goal gifts United win

Kyle Walker's own goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Manchester United over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday lunchtime's Premier League opener at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Eriksen volley almost opens scoring
Kyle Walker own goal gifts United the lead
Schweinsteiger replaces Carrick for debut
Romero makes two crucial saves at the death

Match summary

Christian Eriksen should really have done better with the opening chance of the game after volleying over Sergio Romero's goal from close range.

Louis van Gaal’s side took the lead shortly after the 20-minute mark through a Kyle Walker own goal. A clever ball from Ashley Young left Wayne Rooney in acres of space and as the left-back attempted to clear, he prodded the ball past his own keeper.

A late rally from Spurs wasn’t enough to secure a point as the United backline stood firm to seal victory.

Full match

Tottenham started the stronger of the two sides as Mauricio Pochettino's men attempted to upset the Red Devils on the opening day of the 2015/16 season.

United had plenty of the opening possession but didn’t ask any questions of the visitors as Tottenham duo Kane and Eriksen continued to link up well and ask questions of the hosts' defence.

But it was Louis van Gaal's side who opened the scoring through an unlikely source on 22 minutes. 

Walker attempted to clear after Rooney found himself in acres of space in the Tottenham box but the right-back could only poke the ball into his own net as visiting keeper Michel Vorm looked on.

The opening goal appeared to kick the new-look United line-up into life as they harried and tested Spurs' backline.

The Red Devils continued to press in the early exchanges of the second half as Memphis Depay saw a 25-yard effort creep just over the bar.

Tottenham threated to spoil the opening-day party late on as Nacer Chadli broke into the United box but was foiled by a clever piece of play by defender Chris Smalling.

Romero then produced two brilliant saves to preserve all three points, firstly from a well-worked Kane header and then when Eriksen stung the palms of the Argentine from 20 yards.