Tottenham vs. Manchester United: Five Things We Learned As Spurs Ran Riot Over Bland Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur brought an end to Manchester United's five-game winning run with a 2-0 victory that takes Mauricio Pochettino's team two points off the Champions League positions.

Christian Eriksen scored the fastest goal of the season when he struck within just 10 seconds, before a Phil Jones own-goal in the 28th minute secured the three points for the home side.

Defeat sees Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League extended to 15 points after they beat West Brom 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

But Mourinho's team remained second after Antonio Conte's Chelsea were beaten 3-0 at home by Bournemouth. It is Spurs, instead, who are now within touching distance of Chelsea.

Here, Newsweek guides you through five things we learned at Wembley:

Ledley King's Record Remains in Tact

These days, Tottenham Hotspur are a team that look forward. A new stadium on the way, a top manager and talented crop of players. But a cold Saturday afternoon in December 2000 was recalled on Wednesday night as Christian Eriksen's early goal almost broke Ledley King's record for the fastest strike in Premier League history, which stands at 9.9 seconds. Wembley Stadium had barely sat down before the majority were back on their fete in celebration, as Eriksen latched onto Dele Alli's deflected cross and curled past David de Gea. Unlike in 2000, Tottenham went on to win this and they'll be pleased history didn't repeat itself. That year, Tottenham saw their manager sacked and they finished 12th in the Premier League.

United's Clean Sheets Dirtied in 11 Seconds

One of the main characteristics of a Jose Mourinho team is resoluteness in defense. So it will have pleased Mourinho to have seen his team head into February without conceding a goal in 2018. Six matches, 540 minutes without conceding a goal, and then just 10 seconds in at Wembley that run was reset back to zero. Having held out for so long, the door was suddenly swung open. Tottenham had 21 efforts on David De Gea's goal and were even more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez at Wembley Stadium, London, January 31. Sanchez made his Premier League debut for Manchester United against Tottenham. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty

Bad Night For Boo-Boy Alexis Sanchez

Different team, same outcome for Alexis Sanchez. Manchester United's new number 7, making his Premier League debut for the Red Devils, cut a frustrated figure for much of the game at Wembley. He began on the left-hand side of the attack, with Anthony Martial on the left and Jesse Lingard in the center. He struggled to get into the game, with his biggest highlight coming when he chased Mousa Dembele half way back down the pitch and slid in to retrieve the ball. His game was summed up early on, though. In the 20th minute, when Martial cut in from the right and blazed his shot over the bar, the Frenchman was given a glare by his new teammate. Mourinho switched him to the number 10 position in the second half but his influence remained low. Not a happy debut for the former Arsenal man, who was booed by the Tottenham fans.

Harry Kane Gives National Teammates The Runaround

England training must be a barrel of fun for Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, judging by this performance. Harry Kane toyed with both of them throughout the 90 minutes at Wembley. He pulled them in, held them off, drew in fouls, and then turned with ease. They were always one step behind Kane. The only thing Kane didn't do was score, the first time in five games having had six in his last four. Gareth Southgate will hope John Stones is able to provide better opposition to Kane in the run-up to the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Mauricio Masterclass Outfoxes Mourinho

With little over 25 minutes to go, the majority of Wembley broke into song about their manager. "He's magic, you know, Maurico Pochettino," they sung, and they absolutely believe it. Pochettino has drawn the attentions of Real Madrid over the past year, such is the impressive work he has produced at Tottenham. Manchester United are said to have an eye on the Argentine, too. And you can understand why after his tactics at the national stadium nullified those of the man currently in the hot seat at Old Trafford. Pochettino's three at the back closed any space for United's star-studded attack. Eric Dier and Dembele led the press in the middle of the pitch, while Alli, Kane and Son tracked back to congest the midfield. It was death by asphyxiation for United. And Pochettino's team can only get stronger after Lucas Moura, Spurs' new signing, was unveiled on the pitch at half-time.