Watch: Man Utd’s Paul Pogba misses chance after brilliant Luke Shaw cross
United went into the game knowing that victory would narrow the gap to leaders Manchester City to just 11 points.
Despite Edison Cavani having a goal ruled out for an innocuous foul, United took the game to their opponents and goals from Fred and Cavani gave them a 2-1 lead during the second half.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team should have extended their lead shortly after. A corner was only half-cleared by Tottenham and found Shaw on the left flank.
The England international brilliantly flicked a deep cross with the outside of his foot towards Bruno Fernandes, who cushioned the ball across the six-yard box to Pogba.
Unfortunately, the midfielder attempted a backheeled shot that was blocked by Eric Dier.