Tottenham bid farewell to White Hart Lane with victory over Manchester United

Jonathan Hernandez
May 15, 2017

The farewell ceremony began with a history of White Hart Lane narrated by Tottenham fan Sir Kenneth Branagh and finished with Mauricio Pochettino and his players performing a lap of honour.

After a sea of blue and white marked the final kickoff at the club's home for 118 years, Tottenham went on to beat England's most successful club Manchester United 2-1.

It would have all felt a bit hollow had Tottenham blotted a season of home excellence with a first defeat.

It is their best finish for 54 years, since the glory days of the 1960s when the club was setting new standards in English football under Bill Nicholson. It was flawless. the preparation of the game, the game - we played well, got three points - and then at the end the ceremony was ideal to share with the people, the staff, the fans, was ideal. Few were celebrated more loudly.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists that winning trophies like the Europa League should be a priority for the club ahead of a top-four finish.

Victor Wanyama's sixth-minute header set the tone for a carnival atmosphere and Harry Kane added his 28th goal of the season at the start of the second half.

"What a way to finish", Kane said after fans flooded the field at the final whistle.

By the end there was even a rainbow arching over the top of the East Stand.

"I make that a team [Tottenham] playing at the maximum of the potential with the players having motivation to win the last match at home".

Sunday was the 2,533rd and final match at White Hart Lane.

In between, the likes of Ledley King, David Ginola, Glenn Hoddle, Graham Roberts and Cliff Jones were presented to the crowd, who also sang Paul Gascoigne's name. On the pitch you can see the future taking shape around. In that time, Tottenham has spent about as much as it has recouped on transfers.

"Though today is tinged with sadness, we are all excited about the new stadium and the journey ahead of us".

Tottenham's win means they have gone unbeaten at home for the first time in a league season since 1964-65.

Tottenham (from): Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Davies, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Wimmer, Walker, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Son, Janssen, Kane.

"In that moment I remember trying to give 200 per cent because I felt the club needed me". We are not going to say that matches are not important matches.

From next season, they will play all their home games at Wembley Stadium - a ground they played in the Champions League group stage, although they crashed out finishing in third place.

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