01/01/2014 14:44 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:52 GMT

Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham: David Moyes Suffers Sixth Premier League Defeat (PICTURES)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Jonny Evans amd Wayne Rooney of Manchester United react to conceding a goal to Christian Eriksen during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United suffered their sixth Premier League defeat of the season under David Moyes on New Year's Day, as Tottenham recorded a second successive victory at Old Trafford.

Christian Eriksen got in front of the dithering Antonio Valencia to nod in the winner in the second-half, after Emmanuel Adebayor had given Spurs a half-time lead.

Danny Welbeck swiftly halved the deficit, and although Hugo Lloris made a series of good saves late on, Spurs held off the threat of a United comeback to leapfrog them into sixth place.

Four of United's losses in the League this season have now come at home, with Spurs the latest conquerors after West Brom, Everton and Newcastle's triumphs.

United 1-2 Tottenham

The defeat will raise further question marks about the state of what many consider to be a flawed squad which is over-reliant on Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Rooney, back for the visit of Tottenham, did not look fully fit during the tea-time kick-off and Moyes even moved him back into midfield, again highlighting United's dearth of creativity in that particular area.

Tim Sherwood, however, has now taken 10 points from a possible 12 as Tottenham manager, with an FA Cup third-round tie at Arsenal to look forward to on Saturday.

They are now just two points outside of the Champions League places.