Henrikh Mkhitaryan's thumping strike saw Manchester United overcome Tottenham and their Old Trafford struggles, but the in-form Armenian's serious-looking injury took the edge off Sunday's much-needed victory.
Promising displays have not brought with them anywhere near enough points this season, but United brought a frustrating run of four successive home Premier League draws to a timely halt.
Mkhitaryan marked another fine display with an excellent first-half strike against Tottenham, securing a 1-0 victory that the attacking midfielder was unable to celebrate properly after exiting on a stretcher.
It was a disappointing end to an impressive United display, with this victory crucial as they try to catch the top four.
Mkhitaryan, so impressive since fighting his way into the team, was the architect, following-up his maiden United goal in Thursday's Europa League trip to Zorya Luhansk with a fine first-half effort.
Spurs, emboldened by comprehensive back-to-back wins, made life difficult and regularly threatened David de Gea, but there was to be no last-gasp comeback this time.
The match would not end without some disappointment, though, as Mkhitaryan left the pitch on a stretcher following a challenge from Danny Rose.
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