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United's young guns leave Spurs in tatters

sports Updated: Aug 23, 2011 23:10 IST
Danny Welbeck


Striker Danny Welbeck scored one goal and created another to inspire a youthful Manchester United team to a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in an entertaining Premier League match at Old Trafford on Monday.

Any doubts about manager Alex Ferguson's decision to field a starting lineup with an average age of just 23 were dispelled in the 61st minute when 20-year-old striker Welbeck headed in a pinpoint cross from 22-year-old midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Welbeck's superb backheel set up Anderson's sweet strike in the 76th minute and Wayne Rooney added the third with a late header as the champions continued the fantastic home form that propelled them to the title last season.

United, who dropped only two points at Old Trafford last season, maintained their perfect start after last weekend's win over West Bromwich Albion.

Tottenham had their own chances but lacked the spark of Luka Modric who had been left out of the team with manager Harry Redknapp saying the Croat's head was "not in the right place" amid speculation he could be leaving the club.

Young United keeper David De Gea will have been relieved after a shaky start to life in England, making good saves off Rafael van der Vaart and Tom Huddlestone. Jermain Defoe also struck a late effort against the post.

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