Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur from the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester, England.

This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates of this exciting clash. That was all for the night. Thanks for tuning in tonight and take very good care of yourselves.

Match Report: Ronaldo powers Manchester United into the top-four with a brilliant hattrick

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Manchester United 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur

90' Ronaldo scored the winnig goal for Manchester United for the sixth time this season. As Sir Alex Ferguson watches from the stand, he would be proud of the prodigy he nourished

87' Son's free kick is too long as the cross fails to find any spurs' player and the ball goes out of play as the referee indicates for substitutions for Tottenham

In: Harry Wins, Steven Bergwijn, Out: Ben Davies, Rodrigo Bentancur

82' GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Ronaldo scores his third, completes his first United hattrick since 2008 and Manchester United is again in front


80' Substitution for Manchester United! In: Edinson Cavani , Out: Nemanja Matic

78' Substitution for Tottenham! In: Lucas Moura , Out: Dejan Kulusevski

77' Save! Ronaldo gets the ball from the right and shoots right on target, but Lloris makes a good save to deny Ronaldo his hattrick

72' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!! Maguire puts the ball into his own net and the score is back level. Reguilon crosses as Mguire meets it to make it all square


68' Substitution for Manchester United! In: Anthony Elanga , Out: Marcus Rasford

66' Ronaldo gets a through ball in the Spurs' box and goes for goal with no support for him around whatsoever. Ronald shoots as Lloris easily saves this time  

59' Chance! Kane and Son pair up for Tottenham's best chance of the game with the English striker carrying the ball into the box, crossing to his left, but Son shoots off target

55' Sancho gets the ball at the edge of the box, looks for a space, and crosses for Rashdord who was waiting in the box. Reguilon tracks back to intercept the ball for a corner kick

54' Rashford tries an aerial long ball from distance, but Pogba fails to get to it. Ronaldo, who had gone down after a challenge all this while is back on his feet and appeals for a foul, with no acknowledgement by John Moss

53' Son shifts right and left and fails to penetrate the United flank and passes to Reguilon, whose cross is too high and lands on top of United's net

51' Two lines of four ready for Conte's side as Spurs plane the attack and gets a throw in, which is cleared. Rashford, meanwhile, does not look in good shape, but soon gets back to his feet

48' Reguilon and Kuusevski pair up to build a Spurs attack, but Dalot makes a key interception to deny Reguilon a chance to get a header

47' Kulusevski makes a great run into the box, but United tracks back on time as Fred gets the ball and clears it out of danger

Second Half begins!


Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

45+1' Shot! Sancho, Pogba and Ronaldo barge into the Tottenham box, with Sancho shooting a curler with his rigth foot. But Lloris manages to get on top of it

45' United finding time to breathe in a half that has passed very quickly with three goals in the opening 45 minutes as the players and the manager of Tottenham look for solutions for a comeback in the next half.

38' Ronaldo makes a forward run, dribbles through the Spurs defence. Sancho crosses the ball in from the left , which Ronaldo touchs to bury the ball into the net for the second time tonight. The Portuguese now has 806 goals -- more than any player in the history of the game -- as per FIFA


35' GOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!! Harry Kane scores from the spot to equalise for Tottenham, burying the ball in the left-bottom corner


34' Penalty! Dier takes the free kick and hits the wall and the play eventually leads to a handball by Teller, giving Tottenham the penalty.

32' Foul! Free kick for Tottenham as Matic fouls Kane and John Moss blows his whistle for a foul. Perfect spot for a free kick goal, perfect place for a set-piece as well.

30' Yellow Card! Eric Dier brings down Ronaldo, who had just recieved a pass from Matic to get the first booking of the match

29' A midfield battle brewes between Bentancur and Pul Pogba as the matchg begins to get tighter with every passing second.

26' Son takes Tottenham's free kick after the referee has a word with Bentancur and Dalot makes a great goal-line clearance with his head as Dier's header was already going in and Spurs is denied the equaliser

24' Spurs keeping possession at the back annd Bentacur passes the balll to the left flank from the left, but Rashford gets the ball back, in combination with Matic and Pogba

22' Son crosses the ball in from the left, but David De Gea is there to catch the ball and end that development and slowly glides the ball back into play

18' Off Side! Ben Davies makes a run into the United box, gets the ball off Son and shoots into the net only to see the linesman raise his flag. And the goal is ruled out!

17' Shot! Pogba marches forward into the final third and shoots with hos right feet, but the shot is just wide off target

12' GOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Cristiano Ronaldo steps up and scores from outside the box with a fantastic goal

MUFC 1-0 Spurs

9' Ronaldo gets the ball in the penalty box and his cross looks to have hit by Dier and Ronaldo appeals vehementlly for a hand-ball/penalty, which after a VAR check is ruled out

7' Pogba gets the ball in the penalty box, passes it to Ronaldo, whose cross is too high for Sancho and the Portuguese apologises to Sancho

6' Son makes a run along the left flank, cuts in to his right and tries to set up Kane, who is blocked in the last moment by Telles and the ball goes on the other end with Sancho trying to attack, but his dribbles ends with a throw in for Spurs

5' United steals the ball of Spurs, but Maguire's long ball is caught well by Lloris and he glides the ball back into the feet of the Men in white

3' Hojbjerg tries to build an attack from the back, stitches passes through as Kane gets the ball, passes it to Doherty, who makes a run along the right flank, but that attack eventually comes to nothing

2' Ronaldo gets a touch on the football, passes it to Sancho and Spurs' high press forces a back pass for the Red Devils

11:00 pm: Kick off!

10:55 pm: The players are out on the field and are ready to take their positions. Rangnick has decided to start with a 4-2-3-1 formation, while Antonio Conte starts with a 3-4-2-1 shape. Time for the blockbuster fixture tonight, right from the Theatre of Dreams.

10:45 pm: Key Players for each team:

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United: Ronaldo has been involved in seven goals in his last five Premier League matches against Spurs, scoring four and providing three assists. He has both scored and assisted against them in three different matches in this run.

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: Kane has scored 93 goals in 137 Premier League away matches. One more will put him level with Wayne Rooney for the most goals scored on the road in the competition's history.

10:30 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD -- The Red Devils are looking to win three consecutive Premier League matches against Tottenham for the first time since a run of four between April 2009 and October 2010.

Conte's side, on the other hand, has won two of its last three Premier League matches at Manchester United (one loss), as many as it had in its first 26 visits to Old Trafford in the competition (two wins, three draws, 21 losses).

10:00 pm: Confirmed Starting Lineups are out!

Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Pogba, Telles, Matic, Fred, Rashford, Sancho, Ronaldo

Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI: Lloris, Doherty, Romero, Dier, Davies, Regulion, Hojbjerg, Bentacur, Kulusevski, Son, Kane


One week on from its mauling by arch-rival Manchester City, Manchester United takes on fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday looking to salvage what is left of its season.

While it still has the Champions League to fight for, recent form has led to United staring at the prospect of another disappointing campaign, with interim coach Ralf Rangnick unable to inspire the stuttering giants.

The 13-time Premier League champion is fifth in the standings, one point behind Arsenal in the final Champions League qualification spot, but Rangnick's men have played three more games than Mikel Arteta's side.

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United is winless in its last three matches in all competitions – it has not gone longer without a victory since a run of six games in September/October 2019.

Uncertainty over who the next permanent manager will be is reportedly causing unrest in the United dressing-room, but Rangnick remains focused on the task at hand.

"I'm still the manager of this team for another 10 games in the Premier League and hopefully a few more games in the Champions League," he said after the City loss.

"We don't always play against Manchester City, we have shown we are capable to win other games. This is my major job in the next two and a half months. Right now, I am happy with the players we have, this is clear."

What is not clear is the version of Tottenham which turns up at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Antonio Conte's side remains in the race for the top four, sitting seventh, two points behind United with two games in hand, but inconsistency has hampered its progress - Spurs have not won back-to-back games since December in all competitions.

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