Christian Eriksen scored after just 11 seconds as Tottenham ended Manchester United’s unbeaten run in 2018 with a 2-0 victory at Wembley on Wednesday.
The Denmark star capitalised on poor defending straight from kick-off in the first half before a dreadful own goal from Phil Jones doubled Spurs’ lead before the break to seal the win.
The result ends United’s eight-match unbeaten league run and sees them fall 15 points behind leaders Manchester City, who beat West Brom 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Eriksen scored the fastest goal ever conceded by United in the Premier League when he pounced on the visitors’ failure to clear a simple long ball.
Jose Mourinho’s side, in which Alexis Sanchez was making his first league start since his move from Arsenal, had a bright spell thereafter but went two down before the break when Jones turned in Kieran Trippier’s cross.
Indeed, it could have been much worse had fifth-placed Spurs made the most of second-half openings, and there is likely to be a lengthy inquest into the manner of United’s defeat before Huddersfield Town’s visit this weekend.