Manchester United benefited from a Kyle Walker own goal in the first half to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the first match of the new Premier League season on Saturday.
Tottenham created more chances against a sluggish United side, but debuting goalkeeper Sergio Romero made several decent saves to preserve his side’s three points.
Despite Tottenham’s bright start, it was the home side who broke the deadlock when Ashley Young put Wayne Rooney in, only for Walker to mis-time a clearance and tap the ball into his own net, making it the first time in the Premier League’s 23-year history that the first goal of the campaign is an own goal.
Juan Mata had a couple of chances to double the lead of Louis van Gaal’s side before the break, but a free kick from the Spaniard failed to clear the wall before he drove an effort wide soon after.
The home side continued to dominate early in the second half as Memphis Depay got a shot away, but he could only drill his left-footed finish over the bar.
Sergio Romero had to remain alert down the other end in the United goal as Eriksen delivered a dangerous-looking cross for the visitors, but the keeper got to it before any of the Dane’s teammates could connect with it.
The home fans got to welcome new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger for his first appearance in a competitive fixture for the club since his arrival from Bayern Munich, with the German replacing Michael Carrick with 30 minutes to go.