Manchester, Mar 16: Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in convincing fashion on Sunday to ensure they remain in the frame for a Top 4 finish in the Premier League. Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney ensured the Red Devils stayed in the hunt and narrowed the gap on Manchester City to two points and Arsenal to one point.
After facing defeat in the hands of Arsenal at FA Cup last Monday, the sole remainning target for United Manager, Louis van Gaal's is to finish at least fourth in the Premier League to seal a return to the Champions League.
Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick effectively settled the match with two early goals in the 9th and 19th minutes respectively before captain Wayne Rooney netted the 3rd goal in the 34th minute to complete with a self-mocking boxing knockout celebration after the publication of a video showing him being floored by Stoke City's Phil Bardsley in an impromptu bout in his kitchen.
The 33-year-old central midfielder, Carrick, has not scored since February 2014,
"We are disappointed because our performance today was very poor and we have to analyse why," said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
"After we conceded the first goal it seemed that the game was finished and we never found a way to damage Manchester United. We were never in the game," he added.
The England and United captain, Rooney, has now scored 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League appearances at Old Trafford. He has also bagged eight goals in his last nine league starts against Tottenham Hotspurs. United were far more better side in every department as they produced one of their best performances under van Gaal and they are now just two points behind second placed Manchester City.
Manchester United now have 9 matches left in EPL and will play Liverpool next Saturday on March 22 at Anfield stadium in Liverpool. A run of games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea within their next five fixtures will prove United's test in the Premier League.