LONDON: Anthony Martial came off the bench to fire Manchester United to victory as Jose Mourinho’s men edged a cagey encounter with high-flying Tottenham.
Second hosted third as the Premier League title contenders looked to keep up with early pace-setters Manchester City.
The match looked set to end in an unremarkable draw, only for substitute Martial to race onto Romelu Lukaku’s flick-on late on to fire United to a 1-0 win against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.
The relief was palpable after the substitute’s effort bobbled past Hugo Lloris in the 81st minute, continuing United’s 100 per cent Premier League record at Old Trafford where they have not even conceded a goal.
A smattering of jeers had greeted Mourinho’s decision to bring on Martial in place of Marcus Rashford, but the change paid dividends as United belatedly showed a cutting edge.
The substitute compounded Harry Kane-less Tottenham’s shock Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham, but things could have been different had Dele Alli not wasted Spurs’ best chance before Lukaku hit the post and Martial netted the winner.
Leaders Manchester City strolled past West Brom to maintain their grip at the top of the Premier League.
Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling scored to clinch a 3-2 win at The Hawthorns and wrap up an eighth straight league win.
Jay Rodriguez briefly equalised for Albion and Matt Phillips capitalised on Nicolas Otamendi’s late mistake to give the scoreline a closer look than Albion deserved.
But Pep Guardiola’s City side remain unbeaten and sit five points clear at the top.
Arsenal came from behind to beat Swansea in Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.
Wenger stuck with the same side that thrashed Everton 5-2 last weekend and they eventually came up with the goods to secure a 2-1 win and move within a point of rivals Tottenham in third place.
Sam Clucas had given Swansea a first-half lead with his maiden goal for the club but Sead Kolasinac levelled after the interval before laying on Aaron Ramsey’s winner seven minutes later.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp got one over on best friend David Wagner as Daniel Sturridge’s 100th club goal paved the way for a 3-0 win over Huddersfield at Anfield.
Wagner’s Terriers, who ended Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the season last week, comfortably held their hosts at bay for 50 minutes courtesy of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl’s penalty save from Mohamed Salah.
However, a brilliant striker’s finish from Sturridge broke their resistance just after the break and Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum secured only Liverpool’s second win in seven Premier League games.
Darren Fletcher volleyed his first goal for Stoke to take the wind out of Watford’s sails.
The Hornets were looking to cement their place in the top six, but Fletcher’s Paul Scholes-style strike from the edge of the area secured a first away win for City.
The 1-0 victory also eased the pressure on Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who was in danger of becoming the latest boss under the microscope following four defeats in five matches.
Bilic had admitted this was another crunch few days for his future as manager and the visitors looked on course for a morale-boosting win when Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew put them two up at Selhurst Park.
But Palace came roaring back in the second half as Luka Milivojevic’s penalty and a stoppage-time strike from Zaha earned Roy Hodgson’s men a dramatic point.