Kyle Walker scored the first Premier League goal of the new campaign. Unfortunately it was at the wrong end as the Red Devil's edged a tight match in front of their home crowd at Old Trafford.
Tottenham could have grabbed a point at the end but for wonderful saves from Sergio Romero and last-ditch challenges by Man-of-the-Match Chris Smalling to keep the visitors at bay.
United featured four new debutants from the start and it was their most expensive, Memphis Depay, who made an immediate impact in the 22nd-minute as he made the most of Nabil Bentaleb's wayward pass to pick out Wayne Rooney. As the England international dithered on the ball, Walker waltzed in and uncomfortably flailed his left boot on the ball and it trickled past Michel Vorm who was standing in for Hugo Lloris who picked up a minor injury.
That said, they restricted United to just one shot on-target, suggesting both clubs need to improve as the season progresses. However, Louis van Gaal will be delighted his charges got off to a winning start after losing 2-1 to Swansea this time last season.