Full-time - 90'
0 - 0
16:10 +00:00, January 16, 2011
White Hart Lane, England
Referee: Mike Dean
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United regain top spot from Manchester City on goal difference with their 8th away draw of the season.
Probably a fair result, but if Spurs had shown a little more ambition going forward they may have taken all 3.
And that's the last action of a pulsating match between these two.
United clear and go to the other end with Rooney, but Dawson makes a very important challenge to deny the United striker.
Evra makes a hash of his clearance and Tottenham have a throw deep inside the United half.
We are into injury time at White Hart Lane, of which there will be 4 minutes.
At the other end, Giggs' cross is cleared but United come again through Hernandez, who is through on goal but Gomes comes out well and smothers him! Brilliant goalkeeping.
The ball goes to Bale, who sends a wonderful right-footed cross into the box towards Gallas who gets his head on the ball but VDS somehow claims.
Lennon bursts down the right wing and into the box but who is back making a brilliant tackle? Chicarito! Corner to Spurs...
Spurs get the ball into the box and United fail to clear the ball as Crouch causes havoc at the far post. Anderson is the man who eventually gets it clear but United are desperately seeking the final whistle here.
United will be happy to leave White Hart Lane with a point as Spurs continue to seek that moment of inspiration.
Spurs have had their chances in this one.
Big miss by Van der Vaart! United lose the ball in their own box and VDV picks up the pieces but bends his shot agonsingly over the join of crossbar and post. Brilliant effort but he would have expected to score there. Let-off for the 10 men of United.
Lennon wins a corner off Evra.
Berbatov, who has had as little joy up front as Crouch at the other end, is replaced by the livewire that is Chicarito.
United sub: Hernandez on, Berbatov off
Interesting change for Spurs as Redknapp goes for the win. As Redknapp does.
Spurs sub: Defoe on, Palacios off
After a scramble in the United box, the ball falls to Crouch who sees his first shot blocked and his second fly over the bar.
Rooney has been shown yellow for his protests.
Rafael has been shown his second yellow card, therefore a red, for a trip on Assou-Ekotto. Silly boy.
Paul Scholes is coming on for United...
Crouch has had absolutely no change out of Vidic and Ferdinand and will surely be replaced by Defoe very soon.
VDV picks Bale out with a beautiful long ball out to the left and Bale does well to fire a ball across goal but VDS gathers.
Spurs lose it and United break down field with Anderson, who finds Giggs, but his pass to the right wing is cut out by Assou-Ekotto.
Bale comes across to the right wing and his cross into the box is sliced by Vidic but, thankfully for him, straight into the arms of VDS.
For those of you wondering, United have switched to a five man midfield with Rooney on the right with Berbatov the lone striker. Ferguson stiffening his midfield as Spurs gain the initiative in this match.
Palacios blazes over after receiving a square ball from Palacios 25 yards out. Terrible shot by Palacios.
Rooney finds himself in the right back position and loses the ball to Bale, who wins a corner off Ferdinand.
Slightly surprising to see Nani come off as Ferguson reshuffles things here.
United sub: Anderson on, Nani off
This game is back into top gear, but it's not United doing the attacking as Spurs push forward in search of the victory.
Assou-Ekotto releases Bale but Bale's cross is intercepted by Ferdinand.
More momentum from Spurs here as they continue to pressurise the United defence.
But yet again VDV can only find the hands of compatriot VDS. Perhaps Bale should take the next one...
Evra is booked for catching Lennon on the edge of the box and Spurs have another free kick here...
Modric gets a shot in from the edge of the box but, with his weaker left foot, it goes wide.
Anderson is warming up for United. He will not doubt come on in place of Carrick or Fletcher in the next few minutes.
...but it's straight into the United wall.
Vidic clatters into VDV on the edge of the box and Spurs have a free kick in a very dangerous area. VDV to take it...
United definitely the sharper of the two teams at present. Spurs failing to get their key players onto the ball.
Rooney makes a surging run into space just outside the Spurs box and forces Gomes into a save low to his right. Good shot, good save.
Carrick gets on the end of Giggs' corner under very little pressure but the ball flashes just wide.
Giggs wins a corner for United.
But Spurs can't believe they weren't awarded a free kick moments before after Modric was upended by Carrick.
Giggs attempts a volley after the ball looped up off his own heel but it flys wide.
Harry Redknapp and Alex Ferguson will demand greater quality in the attacking third in the second half.
The second half is underway.
Former Spurs player Jamie Redknapp: "You'd take a point against Manchester United but Spurs are playing like they could win this."
And that's half time at White Hart Lane. A pulsating, and pretty even, half of football ends 0-0. Second half to come...
Fletcher goes into the book this time for a late tackle on Bale.
Carrick hopelessly overhits a pass to Vidic and United invite pressure on themselves.
Chance for Van der Vaart! Great run by Bale, who beats the yellow carded Rafael easily, before finding VDV with the cross, but VDV heads inches wide of the near post.
Pressure by Spurs but their tactic of finding Crouch is faultering as the superb Vidic is winning everything in the air. Odd, given the height difference, but let's not go there.
Rafael does very well to get forward on the right, beating Assou-Ekotto, but his final ball to Berbatov is very poor and easily intercepted.
United are starting to find their feet in this one. Spurs, short of having lost their way, are not involving VDV, Lennon and Bale as often as earlier.
Incidentally, Rafael indicated to the referee that Palacios should be booked and Rio Ferdinand went over to Rafael to tell him not to do that. What a nice guy Rio is.
Palacios is booked for a wild tackle on Rafael.
Fletcher is robbed of possession yet again as a Tottenham move breaks down. Fletcher & Carrick have been very below par.
Good build up by Spurs as VDV finds Bale on the left, but Bale's cross is 'shanked'. Probably the best way to describe that.
Bale's free kick is tame and VDS saves. Can anyone but Chelsea's Alex shoot from that kind of distance? VDS never worried.
Tottenham just shading this as Vidic concedes a free kick 30 yards out for a shove on Crouch. Bale's got this free kick, but it's a very long way out...
Evra has pulled VDV down just in front of the dugouts and Evra can't believe it. Not a nasty game, but the potential to boil over a bit here. Some tasty tackles flying in.
Rafael sees yellow for a reckless lunge on Palacios. Not malicious, but not nice either.
Dawson finds himself with the ball at his feet as United only half clear Tottenham's corner, but it was the shot of a centre-back as the danger passes for the visitors.
Hutton wins a corner on the right for Spurs. Van der Vaart trotting across...
Chance for Rooney! The ball falls for Rooney on the right again and he sends a great effort towards the far post which was going in, but Gomes makes a great flying save to deny him. Slight spill by Gomes but no-one following up for United.
Van der Vaart picks u[p a silly booking after fouling Rooney and then blasting the ball down the field. The booking was for the latter, and how Spurs will rue that if VDV sees red later on.
Bale bursts forward in typical Bale style and his cross flashes across the face of goal.
Berbatov pirouettes like a figure skater to get away from Dawson, before finding Rooney on the right, who crosses across the face of goal to nobody in particular. Rooney could have waited for Berbatov to advance closer to goal there.
VDV takes the free-kick and aims for Bale, who truied to flick it on, but he couldn't make contact and the pressure is off United for a goal kick.
Giggs concedes a free-kick on the right wing and Spurs have a chance to whip the ball in here.
United clear but it's all Spurs here...
Lennon gets a brief sight of goal on the right but Vidic gets across to make a great block. Spurs corner...
Modric sells Fletcher with a dummy and dances his way along the byline, but United clear the ball as Modric tried to thread it through to one of the white shirts in the 6 yard box.
Big miss by Crouch! Let-off for Man United as Hutton gets forward on the right before delivering a teasing low ball for Crouch, who had got ahead of Ferdinand, but missed the target with what was essentially a tap-in.
Nice touch by Fletcher at the other end gives Rooney a sight of goal but his snap shot is saved by Gomes.
Van der Vaart clears the wall with the free kick but it's comfortable for Van der Sar.
Palacios is tripped by Carrick on the edge of the box and Van der Vaart is standing over the ball...
Dawson tries to get his head on the end of it but United do enough to clear as Spurs find their feet in this one.
Spurs win a corner at the other end, though.
Fast start by United, who are looking to put Spurs out of their stride straight away. Nani runs into a dead end on the right wing though.
First chance of the game as Rooney bursts through a gap in the Spurs defence and fires an early shot just wide of the far post. Great effort by Rooney.
Sloppy start by Carrick, who passes the ball straight to Gareth Bale, who gets a cross in but Van der Sar plucks it from the air. Carrick thought he was still still in a Spurs shirt there.
Mike Dean gets the game underway at White Hart Lane.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Hernandez, Scholes, Evans.
Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka
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