Christian Eriksen scores fastest Premier League goal of the season
Christian Eriksen scores fastest Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur stun second-placed Manchester United 2-0
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen is ecstatic after scoring an opening goal against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London last night. Pics /AFP
Christian Eriksen fired the fastest Premier League goal of the season as the Tottenham midfielder's strike after 11 seconds inspired a 2-0 win over Manchester United here last night.
In the Premier League era, Eriksen's express finish is tied for second quickest with a Mark Viduka effort for Leeds against Charlton in 2001. Only Ledley King's 10-second goal for Tottenham against Bradford in 2000 and Alan Shearer's after the same time for Newcastle against Manchester City in 2003 are ahead of Eriksen and Viduka.
Mauricio Pochettino's side made the most of their explosive start and an own goal from United defender Phil Jones wrapped up the points before half-time.
After taking just three points in five games this season against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United, this was a much-needed statement that Tottenham can still compete with the big guns despite an inconsistent campaign.
Fifth placed Tottenham are now just two points behind fourth placed Chelsea in the fight to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top four finish.
The north Londoners, unbeaten in their last seven league games, head to Anfield for a crucial clash with third placed Liverpool on Sunday.
Second placed United's first defeat in nine league matches leaves them trailing 15 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Adding to Jose Mourinho's misery, Alexis Sanchez was utterly anonymous in his first league appearance for United following his blockbuster move from Arsenal.
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