Dele made the crucial breakthrough on 70 minutes to spark a spell of three goals in six minutes to put United to the sword at the Lane. Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scored goals two and three as the fans raised the roof.
Just hours before celebrating his 20th birthday today (Monday, April 11), Dele made it eight goals in the Premier League this term, stretching the club's all-time record for goals from a teenager in a Premier League season ahead of Nick Barmby's previous best of six in 1992-93.
Eric had another typically assured game shielding the back four with another clean sheet, stretching the best defensive record in the league to five goals with only 25 conceded in 33 matches.
The pair have forged a relationship on and off the field and were typically playful in front of the camera when Spurs TV caught up with them just minutes after the final whistle.
The three-goal spell was incredible...
Eric: “It was amazing. We scored the first goal, that was brilliant and to score two quickly after that was the perfect way to kill the game off.”
Eric says it was a brilliant goal, Dele...
Dele: “It was important that I put that one away. I’ve missed a few chances in recent games and in training as everyone will tell you but it was important that we scored the first goal and didn’t let them get the lead. It was a dominant performance from the team and we knew if we stuck to the game plan and stayed patient we’d get the win.”
United have been tight defensively all season but once we broke through we really stepped up...
Eric: “If it’s 1-0 for a while things can get a bit nervy but to kill the game off with the second and third goals straight after was a brilliant way to win this game, especially against United because our record isn’t the best. It was great to beat them in that style.”
What was it like out there?
Dele: “It was frustrating at times but it was important to stay patient and stay awake. It was important to take the chances when they came and fortunately I managed to do that. It was a good performance but we’ve got to put that behind us now and move on to the next one.”
What was it like to play in that spell of three goals?
Eric: “The fans go crazy after the second and third goals and it’s brilliant to play in that atmosphere. It intimidates the opposition as well, once we’re two or three up and the fans are like that, it must make them feel like there is no way back.”
It was such a mature performance as we waited for the breakthrough, Dele got the goal and we went into overdrive. Looks like you'll have to praise Dele again, Eric!
Eric: “Dele deserves the praise to be fair because yesterday he was out after training practising his finishing and when I asked him why, he said because he’d missed quite a few, so he deserves the goal for that. Yes, he did all right!”
Five games left and I guess the message is that we keep going...
Dele: “It’s important now that we don’t change anything. From the start of the season we’ve just focused on each game individually and it’s important we keep doing that. Whatever happens it’s been a great season for us and we’ll keep fighting to the end.”
It’s a great birthday present for Dele, who is 20 tomorrow (Monday, April 11)...
Eric: “He’s going to have to start growing up.”
Dele: “I’m still waiting for my present.”
Eric: “It’s not your birthday yet!”