Premier League

March 4, 2012



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Man Utd

Premier League

16:10 +00:00, March 4, 2012

White Hart Lane, England

Referee: Martin Atkinson


    Wayne Rooney and two goals from Ashley Young saw a below-par Manchester United take a 3-0 lead. Jermain Defoe grabbed a late consolation, but it was too little too late for Harry Redknapp's Spurs side.


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    Man Utd move back to within two points of Man City at the summit of the table. Tottenham lead Arsenal by just four points now.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United

  • 90'

    Danny Rose fizzes in a cross from the left, but Defoe is offside. His attempted shot is well wide anyway.

  • 90'

    Adebayor almost spins Ferdinand in the area. Somehow the England man prevents him getting a shot away.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added time...

  • 89'

    United still trying to run down the clock by keeping the ball. Fergie will hope they don't get stung again.

  • 88'

    Ashley Young given the Man of the Match award.

  • 87'

    Sloppy play from Man Utd for the goal. Trying to run down the clock they gave it away and paid the penalty.

  • 87'

    GOAL Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United Defoe with a consolation!!! Giggs gives the ball away to Defoe who advances towards the area and finishes past De Gea.

  • 85'

    Welbeck dispossesses yet another defender to win the ball back for Man Utd. United play keep-ball.

  • 84'

    Aaron Lennon is replaced by Danny Rose

  • 83'

    Brilliant defending by Kyle Walker. A diving headed clearance to block Evra's cross with Welbeck lurking.

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    Still providing an option, Welbeck pressures Assou-Ekotto into a mistake, but the attack soon fizzles out as another pass goes astray.

  • 80'

    Defoe and Kranjcar replace Sandro and Lennon

  • 79'

    Park replaces Nani

  • 78'

    Game has broken down in midfield now. Quite scrappy.

  • 77'

    Unsurprisingly Man Utd look a lot more assured in possession at 3-0. Finally taking some control of the game.

  • 75'

    Tottenham free-kick floated into the box, but De Gea comes out with authority to punch clear.

  • 74'

    Evra tries to release Young down the left-flank once more, but the pass is overhit and runs for a goal-kick.

  • 73'

    Aaron Lennon does well once more, cutting in off the right-flank and losing his marker, but the shot is poor and never threatens De Gea's goal.

  • 71'

    United attack once more, but Rooney tries to be too clever and none of his team-mates are on the same wavelength. The ball rolls to Friedel.

  • 70'

    United are 3-0 up here despite not having got out of second-gear. They have been outplayed for long-periods.

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    GOAL Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester United Young scores a screamer!!! Given far too much space at the edge of the box, Young curls an absolute beauty into the far corner with his right-foot. Magnificent.

  • 67'

    Man Utd corner from Giggs, but comes to nothing. Cleared.

  • 66'

    Assou-Ekotto tries a volley from 30 yards. Straight at De Gea.

  • 65'

    Modric floats it to the back-post, but it is much too powerful and eventually rolls out for a throw-in.

  • 64'

    Free-kick to Tottenham from the right of the area, given for a shirt-pull by Ashley Young. What can they do here?

  • 63'

    Spurs will feel aggrieved here. Once more they have conceded whilst well on top. Disappointing.

  • 62'

    Lennon beats Evra at the other end and chips the ball across goal. Headed clear, but only to Assou-Ekotto who drags his shot wide.

  • 60'

    GOAL Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Manchester United Young doubles the lead!!! Tottenham fall asleep from a throw-in, Nani drives the ball across goal and finds Young who executes a fine finish into the far corner. Great technique.

  • 59'

    Adebayor tumbles in the box under pressure from Ferdinand. Waved away by Martin Atkinson.

  • 58'

    Assou-Ekotto shoots and the ball clips the top of the bar. Would have been comfortable for De Gea though.

  • 57'

    Free-kick to Spurs after a foul from Evra. 25 yards out. Just to the left of centre.

  • 57'

    Welbeck clears the corner, but Spurs come again.

  • 56'

    The ball falls to Saha just outside the area, who unleashes a rocket at goal. Straight at Ferdinand. Corner Spurs.

  • 55'

    The tackles are flying in from Spurs in midfield. United are finding it tough.

  • 54'

    Phil Jones clashes with Modric in midfield. The medical staff want to examine him, but Jones shrugs them away.

  • 53'

    Kaboul again rises highest from the corner, but once more there is no threat to the goal.

  • 52'

    Great Save Livermore fires low at goal and the ball deflects off Saha, but De Gea gets down low to pull off a fine stop.

  • 51'

    Lennon crosses with his left-foot towards Adebayor, but Jonny Evans rises high to clear.

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    Kaboul rises at the far-post, but the ball loops behind for a goal-kick.

  • 50'

    Adebayor seizes on a poor pass to put pressure on Ferdinand, who can only concede a corner.

  • 49'

    Modric takes, but Jones is there to head away at the near post.

  • 49'

    Now Phil Jones fouls and Spurs can put the ball into the box.

  • 48'

    They play it short, but the ball is wasted by Paul Scholes. Unusual to see.

  • 47'

    United with a chance to launch the ball into the area. High-foot against Assou-Ekotto.

  • 46'

    No changes at half-time for either side. Straight away, it is Spurs with a lengthy spell of possession.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF kicked-off by Spurs


    The debate continues over Spurs' disallowed goal. Some say hand-ball, others that it should have been allowed. One for you to make your own mind up on


    Man Utd will come out for the second-half on the crest of a wave after that late goal. They surely won't be as poor again. For Spurs, it is a case of more of the same.


    Rafael has been warming up. With Phil Jones booked, there could be a change for United at right-back.


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    Tottenham's nemesis


    Wayne Rooney has now scored seven in his last eight against Spurs. They must be sick of the sight of him.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United

  • 45'

    One minute added time...

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    GOAL Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United Rooney header!!! The corner is swung into the middle of the area where Rooney pulls away from Kyle Walker and heads home at the far post.

  • 44'

    Ashley Young curls the ball in and Walker tries to head clear, but the ball goes straight up and Friedel has to concede a corner.

  • 43'

    Sandro booked for a foul on Ashley Young. He was warned earlier.

  • 42'

    Spurs hassling in midfield is really causing problems for Man Utd in possession.

  • 40'

    Assou-Ekotto crosses from the left to find Adebayor. Offside given, but handball once again.

  • 39'

    Man Utd attack now, making space for Evra down the left, but the Frenchman's cut-back is poor and straight to Sandro.

  • 37'

    Lennon breaks into the area from the left and picks out Saha. The Frenchman shoots goalbound where it hits Adebayor who turns it in. Ruled out for hand-ball by Adebayor. Definitely hit the striker's arm on the line.

  • 36'

    Fired in low to the front-post by Ashley Young, where Rooney flicks it goal-bound. Easy save for Friedel.

  • 36'

    Phil Jones fires in a low cross from the right, sliced by King for a United corner.

  • 35'

    Now it is Assou-Ekotto who swings in a beautiful cross. Both strikers are on their heels and the ball is wasted.

  • 33'

    Superb ball with the outside of the foot from Modric, looking for Adebayor, but Jonny Evans is sharp to deny the Togolese forward.

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    Adebayor looks to get into the area from the right, but having beaten Ferdinand, Evans sweeps across to tidy-up the danger.

  • 30'

    Confusion in the Man Utd area as the ball comes in, but Rooney clears before colliding with De Gea.

  • 29'

    Kaboul goes for a blast, but it is well-wide. Corner anyway.

  • 28'

    Jones receives a yellow and gives away a dangerous free-kick.

  • 27'

    Kyle Walker gave the ball away in that move, but picked up a knock for his troubles. He will be ok though.

  • 27'

    Ashley Young swings a cross in from the left-flank, but there is no-one near the ball in the box.

  • 25'

    United win it back, but Spurs are pressing well in midfield. United twice forced back to De Gea.

  • 24'

    Spurs back in possession again. They have had most of the ball so far. Not in attacking areas though.

  • 22'

    Lennon creates space for a cross down the right, the ball pin-balls in the area, but cleared to safety.

  • 21'

    Rooney attempts to slip in Welbeck ahead of him, but Spurs' centre-backs close ranks to deny the opportunity.

  • 20'

    Cross comes in from Walker on the Tottenham right. Well cleared by Jones.

  • 20'

    Corner comes in, but Kaboul's header is well wide.

  • 19'

    Adebayor picks up the ball 25 yards out and runs at the defence. A shot low to De Gea's left is heading in, but the Spaniard pulls off a good save.

  • 18'

    Man Utd have the ball for the first time in about five minutes. What can they muster then?

  • 17'

    Assou-Ekotto wins the ball and breaks down the left, but his low cross is easily claimed by De Gea once more.

  • 16'

    Saha now has a go from 25 yards with his right-foot, but it bobbles tamely through to De Gea.

  • 15'

    Man Utd aren't seeing the ball at the moment. Spurs aren't threatening, but keep getting the ball back from clearances.

  • 14'

    Still Spurs' possession in midfield, briefly broken by a Patrice Evra tackle. Throw-in to Spurs though.

  • 13'

    Modric receives the ball on the left-flank and looks to run at Phil Jones. A well-timed tackle averts the danger for now.

  • 11'

    United again look to keep possession, but Tottenham eventually win it back after keeping the pressure on in the middle of the park.

  • 10'

    Danger signs for United there...

  • 9'

    Tottenham counter and Lennon is in acres of space, but Jonny Evans does magnificently to dispossess the winger at the edge of the area.

  • 9'

    Nani picks out Rooney at the edge of the area, but his curled effort is saved by Friedel.

  • 8'

    United controlling possession for a bit, with Carrick and Scholes manipulating the ball in midfield. Sandro fouls Scholes and is spoken to by the referee.

  • 7'

    Adebayor picks up the ball 25 yards out and spanks an effort at goal. Always rising, but not far off. De Gea had it covered though.

  • 6'

    Welbeck creates space for himself at the edge of the area, getting away from Kaboul, but his shot is high and wide.

  • 5'

    Saha has a couple of shots as Tottenham look to attack. The first is blocked by Ferdinand, whilst the second attempt rolls tamely to De Gea.

  • 4'

    Now it is Kyle Walker to do a good job defending his flank, cutting out Nani's attempted cross and relieving the pressure.

  • 3'

    Aaron Lennon attacks Man Utd down the right-flank, but well marshalled by Evra

  • 2'

    Jones and Assou-Ekotto clash and both stay down. But, eventually they are back on their feet, both limping.

  • 1'

    Tottenham in possession early on, but they are being pressured high up the pitch. Tentative start.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF taken by Man Utd. We are live.


    Louis Saha and Michael Carrick both starting against former-clubs today. Who will emerge victorious?


    The teams are in the tunnel. United will be glad not to see Van der Vaart and Bale on the other side, but there is still plenty of talent in this Spurs side.


    A win for Man Utd sees them close to within two points of rivals City, but on the other hand a defeat will see the gap remain at five points. A big margin at this stage of the campaign.


    Tottenham are eight points behind the Manchester side, but defeat today would have them looking over their shoulders as Arsenal lie just four points behind in fourth place.


    That game is over. Fine win for Fulham. All attention on White Hart Lane now then.


    Ten minutes till kick-off. Fulham are currently beating Wolves 5-0 at Craven Cottage.


    For those interested, Spurs' last victory over the United was a 3-1 win in May 2001 at White Hart Lane. A certain Paul Scholes was on the score-sheet.


    Spurs have won 10 of their last 12 home matches in the Premier League, so that will encourage them that today could be the day the United curse is ended.


    Manchester United are undefeated in 25 matches against Tottenham in all competitions, can Harry Redknapp's team end that run today?


    Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva.


    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Sandro, Modric, Adebayor, Saha. Subs: Cudicini, Giovani, Defoe, Dawson, Kranjcar, Rose, Nelsen.


    Breaking team-news: No Bale or Van der Vaart for Tottenham


    Gary Neville thinks that it is D-Day in the title race today


    Harry is looking to upset Sir Alex's title charge.


    It could be a big one, as Manchester United travel to Tottenham for the last Premier League came of the weekend.