Monday August 22, 2011 Day 2 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Welbeck 61’
  • Anderson 76’
  • Rooney 87’

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  1. United down Spurs with second-half blitz

    United down Spurs with second-half blitz

    Manchester United overpowered Tottenham Hotspur to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • -- Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match from 00:01 on Tuesday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! All over! A convincing performance in the second half from United, who claim their second successive win in the league. They are top of the table.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added. Defoe booked for a late one on De Gea in going for a rebound after the keeper dropped the ball again from Huddlestone's swerving shot. He has been unconvincing in handling the ball.
    • 88' 22 years now since Spurs last won at Old Trafford. Looked good at half-time, but the second half has been a real disappointment for the visitors.
    • 87' Park trying to get in on the act, but he doesn't get hold of the shot as Friedel saves. Spurs waiting for this whistle now.
    • 86' GOAL!! A 149th goal from Rooney for United as he nods home the cross from Giggs! All too easy. Game, set and match.
    • 85' United fans in a party mood now. They would dearly love a third, but as things stand they will be level on points at the top with Man City and Wolves.
    • 84' Van der Vaart has a dig from distance, but De Gea races across his line to nudge the ball behind the goal. Decent stop.
    • 83' Friedel forced to look alert to race from his line to grab the ball at the feet of Rooney. Swift movement from the big keeper, who has been blameless for the goals.
    • 82' Lovely cross there from Nani. Spurs have fallen right out of this game in the second half. A worrying collapse really when you look at how well they played for the first 55 minutes.
    • 81' Almost the third as Rooney somehow lifts a ball over the bar from only five yards out. That looked a certain goal.
    • 80' Ferguson looks like he has won the league as his side attempt to see out time. Has been a fine opening night at home by the champions.
    • 79' Giggs, Hernandez and Park on, Welbeck, Cleverley and Young off. A standing ovation for Welbeck after his contribution.
    • 78' Spurs so close to being right back in this game. United going to make a few changes of their own for this final 10 minutes. Spurs have used their subs for the night.
    • 77' Another mistake by De Gea coming for a cross! Ball breaks to Defoe, but he rattles a post before United clear. A real let-off for the young Spanish keeper.
    • 76' Welbeck is right in the mood now. Great run by Nani as United broke, but that is a fine diving stop by Friedel. Spurs getting overrun in the second half.
    • 75' GOAL!! Anderson slips the ball into the net for United's second of the night. Backheel from Welbeck and Anderson pounced to net. No chance for Friedel.
    • 74' Frantic piece of defending there by United as Bale broke. Pavlyuchenko was waiting in the middle, but the Welsh wingback could not pick him out.
    • 73' Changes for Spurs as Roman Pavlyuchenko replaces Kranjcar while Huddlestone takes over from Livermore.
    • 72' Corluka forced to twist and turn before the tackle on Young brings an 11th corner of the night, but Nani's ball is picked out the air by Friedel. Poor corner.
    • 71' Spurs on the break, but they give the ball away far too easily. The wrong option again by Spurs. Disappointing end to a promising break with Jones caught up the park.
    • 70' Welbeck is motoring now. Fine piece of play by Dawson to come over and put the ball out of play. Another corner to United.
    • 69' Harry Redknapp out on the touchline. He will surely have to make a change here as United continue to pin the white shirts back.
    • 68' United really pushing the visitors back as Friedel is forced to save from Nani. Corners beginning to mount up for United. Fine stop by Friedel to block the effort from Evans.
    • 67' Young and Nani combining out wide before Welbeck's overhead kick is saved by Friedel. Smalling helping the attack.
    • 66' United just starting to take control of this match as Young prepares to hoist in another corner.
    • 65' Rooney decides to go for goal from 30 yards there. Just over the bar. Stunning shot again. He looks right in the mood out there this evening.
    • 64' Glorious effort from Rooney! Stunning stop from Friedel as he hauled himself across goal to claw the ball behind his goal. Almost the killer second for United.
    • 63' Kranjcar somewhat late on Evra. Free-kick chance for United on the edge of the visiting box.
    • 62' United's young side in the lead, and heading back to the top of the table alongside Man City and Wolves if this score stays the same. A vital breakthrough in this match.
    • 61' Spurs went to sleep there, but De Gea wasn't sleeping as he rises to pluck Van der Vaart's effort from distance out of the air.
    • 60' GOAL!! Welbeck rises to head home for United!! Fine finish. No chance for Friedel. Great cross from Cleverley.
    • 59' Van der Vaart decides to let fly from 40 yards out. Well over the bar. Wrong decision with all of the defenders joining the party in the heart of that United defence.
    • 58' Jones's ball is headed on by Welbeck, but Young slams the volley over the bar. Had to hit it first time, but was always rising from inside the area.
    • 57' Young fouled by Corluka, but his free-kick fails to beat the first man from out wide. So disappointing from the United forward.
    • 56' Play really beginning to open up. Both teams having a go at each other when they get the chance to commit men forward.
    • 55' So difficult to predict how this one is going to work out as Smalling's cross is cut out for a corner, but Nani's delivery isn't great as Spurs survive.
    • 54' Decent passage of play by United as Anderson's shot is saved by Friedel before he dives to save the rebound from Rooney. Excellent stuff from United there.
    • 53' Spurs playing the same level of passing game that served them so well against Hearts the other night. United get the ball back through Rooney.
    • 52' Lennon wastes a glorous chance as he races clear up a flank, but smacks the ball straight off Evans when Van der Vaart was cying out for the cutback. Sloppy, sloppy play.
    • 51' Bale drills a shot wide of goal from distance. Should have been doing better there as Spurs broke up the park at pace.
    • 50' Defoe smacks in a venomous shot from distance. Bounces in front of De Gea, who keeps his eyes on the ball before making the save.
    • 49' Young turns in the visiting box, but his shot his smothered well by the huge paws of Friedel. Fine dive and save by the big keeper. Fergie having a laugh in the technical area.
    • 48' Corluka almost has his pocket picked by Welbeck in the area. Not convincing at all from Spurs at the back as United continue to push and probe.
    • 47' Walker feeling a bit sick apparently at the break so he had to go. Meanwhile, Van der Vaart lifts a shot well over the bar as Spurs begin on the front foot.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period. Change for Spurs with Corluka on for Walker.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle! All even at the break. Nothing between these teams. Spurs may be marginally better, but all to play for in the second period.
    • 44' We are into two minutes added on as Defoe slaps a shot harmlessly wide of the home goal.
    • 43' Kaboul unhappy with the late challenge of Nani. Plunged his head towards the United player's face. Don't really want to be doing that in this climate.
    • 42' Both teams now with seven shots on goal in the half. Nani and Kaboul involved in a bit of a spat out there. Both men dragged over to speak to the referee.
    • 41' Young taken late again, this time by Kranjcar. Looks like we are going to be goalless at the break. A very tough encounter bubbling up here.
    • 40' Fine move by Spurs sees Bale tee up Van der Vaart, who uncorks a shot at goal from the edge of the box. Easy enough stop for De Gea diving to his left.
    • 39' No advantage played as Young rejoins the action. Fine covering play by Evans to make the tackle on Defoe. Had to get that tackle spot on.
    • 38' Young off the pitch at the moment as United play on with 10 men for now. Rooney was caught late by Livermore before Nani blazes well over the bar.
    • 37' Not really been a dirty match this evening, but two men have now been booked. Evans and Dawson have to watch their step from here on in. Young needing a bit of treatment.
    • 36' It was Kaboul with the free-kick. Bit of a wasted opportunity for Spurs before Dawson and Young collide. Looks like the Spurs skipper is going to be booked. He is booked for a late one.
    • 35' The free-kick comes to nothing as United charge the ball down before Welbeck is penalised for a high boot against Dawson.
    • 34' Evans is going to be booked for a late chop on Van der Vaart. First booking of the night.
    • 33' Assou-Ekotto looks for the run of Bale down Tottenham's left-hand side, but Jones comes across to knock the ball out of play.
    • 32' Another disappointing delivery sees Friedel come to collect with some ease. Far too much air under that cross.
    • 31' Nani goes for goal from 35 yards, but the shot hits a white shirt and spins over the bar. Another corner to the home team.
    • 30' Young to Rooney in the area, but he is watched like a hawk by Dawson. Spurs matching up well to United in the final third. Allowing them little or no room to move in there.
    • 29' Bale slams a long throw into the United area. Kranjcar has a go from distance, but straight at De Gea, who will gladly take those efforts all night long.
    • 28' Young feeds Evra, but Walker is back to make a fine shoulder challenge. Strong defending as Friedel prepares to knock the goalkick up the park.
    • 27' Rooney scampers up the pitch, but overcooks the pass to Welbeck as Friedel dashes out to collect the loose ball.
    • 26' Spurs on the move at the other end. They win a corner, but Van der Vaart just swings a corner right out of play. Redknapp none too pleased with that delivery.
    • 25' Lovely move from United! Rooney picks out Young. Superb move, but Young's looping header falls narrowly wide of the target. So close with Friedel beaten.
    • 24' Spurs continue to fratnernise with the passing game before Bale is caught offside. Think Dawson flicked that pass out, but he overhits the ball.
    • 23' All frantic stuff at the moment! Nothing between these sides. Both teams really going for it as Rooney loses the ball in the Tottenham half.
    • 22' Spurs on the break at the other end! Van der Vaart does wonderfully well to win space before trying an audacious chip from 30 yards out that is clasped by De Gea.
    • 21' Assou-Ekotto blocks the cross from Nani and United have a corner, but Nani's corner is thumped away by Dawson.
    • 20' Lovely cross from Nani! Really testing ball that fell between Friedel and the visiting defenders, but no takers there as the ball races away from Rooney.
    • 19' Bale tries his luck from distance, but not really getting any pace on the shot as De Gea makes a comfortable stop.
    • 18' Rooney sends Nani dashing down a flank. Assou-Ekotto can't get back as the ball from Nani evades everybody and Spurs can clear the danger.
    • 17' Spurs not exactly overawed by the occasion as Bale cuts out a losse ball to get it back to Assou-Ekotto.
    • 16' Spurs content to go backwards to keep the ball. They are edging possession at the moment with 51% of the ball to United's 49%.
    • 15' Young with a few options in the visiting box, but he whacks the ball straight at Friedel. All too easy for the big keeper.
    • 14' Van der Vaart with the corner for Dawson there before Jones makes a powerful tackle on Bale to halt his movement forward.
    • 13' Corner is swung into the heart of the United box, but Dawson nods a header onto the roof of the goal. Decent effort, but never had the power.
    • 12' Van der Vaart goes for goal from distance, but his shot is deflected wide of the goal. Better moments for Spurs.
    • 11' De Gea fouled by Van der Vaart. Risky move from the keeper as he attempted a drag back inside his own area before being clipped.
    • 10' De Gea finally gets a touch of the ball after his error against West Brom last week. Easy roll out to his defence as United try to build from the back.
    • 9' Spurs trying to steady the ship after United's blistering opening 10 minutes. They are keeping the ball well before Kaboul comes across to tackle Young.
    • 8' Tottenham keeper Gomes looks on from the bench. He played in the win over Hearts, but has been dropped this evening for new signing Friedel.
    • 7' Rooney tries to muscle his way into the box, but he clips a shot at goal. Easy take for Friedel with Welbeck looking for a cross.
    • 6' Fine effort from Cleverley. Placed it low and hard to the left of Friedel, but he got down superbly to nudge the ball behind. Super stop from the edge of the box.
    • 5' Dawson makes a timely tackle on Welbeck. United keeping the attacking play going as Spurs try to calm things down a bit, but Kranjcar overhits his intended pass towards Lennon.
    • 4' Evra joins the party on the other flank. Another chance here for United to pose a few questions as Dawson concedes the corner, but Walker is in among the bodies as Spurs hack the ball out with Jones challenging for United.
    • 3' Van der Vaart guilty of sloppy play. Great cross from Nani to pick out Rooney, but he can't get the power on the header as Friedel makes a comfortable save.
    • 2' Rousing start to the evening with Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp barely taking their seats in the stand/technical areas after walking out together.
    • 1' United get this one off and running. United immediately on the attack with Young, but Kaboul clears the danger from his cross.
    • 19.55 Teams on their way out. Manchester United in red, Tottenham in white. Packed house in for this one, as you would expect for a game of this magnitude.
    • 19.50 Harry Redknapp his hinted that he may be willing to play Luka Modric in Thursday's Europa League second leg with Hearts. Read about it here...... Redknapp: I'd cup-tie Modric
    • 19.45 "We've had a good start to the campaign, so hopefully we can maintain that kind of form, because we did really well at home last season," says Ferguson, who is confident Jonny Evans can combine well with Phil Jones at the heart of the United defence. "Jonny's been with us for a long time, he understands what the club's about. Chris Smalling's been doing terrific, so I'm not worried about experience."
    • 19.40 Spurs’ last league win at Old Trafford came in December 1989 (1-0). Tottenham’s 20 game winless run against United is their second longest run without a victory against one team in top flight history, after a run of 32 winless games against Chelsea which ended in 2006.
    • 19.35 A few facts for you. Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in seven Premier League games for Manchester United against Tottenham. United are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League matches against Tottenham, winning 15.
    • 19.30 Manchester United bos Sir Alex Ferguson is confident he has the players to cope with the absences. Alex Ferguson: "Of course they don't have the experience that Ferdinand, Vidic and Edwin van der Sar have.You can't beat experience. Top-level players with experience are vital, there's no question about that. But we don't have them, yet we're confident in the players who are replacing them."
    • 19.25 Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is expecting Kyle Walker to encounter a tough time from Ashley Young. "It's a big test for Kyle (Walker) against Ashley Young. Kyle's quick (but) he's still got a lot to learn. He has to slow himself down a little bit at times. He can't be 100mph all the time but he's certainly got the potential to be a very good player... [Modric has] got a little bit of an injury. He could have played through it. But at the moment his head's not in the right place."
    • 19.20 Teams: Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young; Welbeck, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Fabio, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez.////Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Kranjcar, Livermore, Bale; Van der Vaart; Defoe.. Subs: Gomes, Bassong, Corluka, Huddlestone, Jenas, Townsend, Pavlyuchenko.
    • 19.17 BREAKING NEWS: New signing Brad Friedel makes his debut in goal for Tottenham.
    • 19.15 Tottenham have yet to beat United in the Premier League. Their last win at Old Trafford was in 1989. Spurs have lost 16 times and drawn three times against United on their home soil in the modern era of the Premier League. ''You tell me any other visiting team with a winning record at Manchester United. There isn't one," says Spurs manager Harry Redknapp. Very true.
    • 19.10 Spurs team news: Luka Modric, suffering from a minor groin injury, is unlikely to return to Tottenham's starting line-up as boss Harry Redknapp says his "head is not in the right place". Tom Huddlestone (ankle) could also return after starting on the bench for the 5-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle, but fellow midfielders Sandro, Wilson Palacios (both knee) Steven Pienaar (groin), and Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are all out as are the crocked Ledley King, Alan Hutton and William Gallas.
    • 19.05 United team news: Manchester United have several absentees in defence. Captain Nemanja Vidic has been confirmed out for up to five weeks with a calf muscle problem. Rio Ferdinand's hamstring problem is not as bad as first feared but rules him out of this fixture, while Rafael will miss 10 weeks after an operation on his shoulder. France international Patrice Evra is fit again while Javier Hernandez is recovering well from concussion suffered during pre-season.
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester United v Tottenham from the Premier League at Old Trafford. Tottenham begin their league season tonight, while United will join Manchester City and Wolves at the top of the table with a win over Spurs.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL!! A 149th goal from Rooney for United as he nods home the cross from Giggs! All too easy. Game, set and match.
    • 81' Almost the third as Rooney somehow lifts a ball over the bar from only five yards out. That looked a certain goal.
    • 77' Another mistake by De Gea coming for a cross! Ball breaks to Defoe, but he rattles a post before United clear. A real let-off for the young Spanish keeper.
    • 76' Welbeck is right in the mood now. Great run by Nani as United broke, but that is a fine diving stop by Friedel. Spurs getting overrun in the second half.
    • 75' GOAL!! Anderson slips the ball into the net for United's second of the night. Backheel from Welbeck and Anderson pounced to net. No chance for Friedel.
    • 67' Young and Nani combining out wide before Welbeck's overhead kick is saved by Friedel. Smalling helping the attack.
    • 65' Rooney decides to go for goal from 30 yards there. Just over the bar. Stunning shot again. He looks right in the mood out there this evening.
    • 64' Glorious effort from Rooney! Stunning stop from Friedel as he hauled himself across goal to claw the ball behind his goal. Almost the killer second for United.
    • 60' GOAL!! Welbeck rises to head home for United!! Fine finish. No chance for Friedel. Great cross from Cleverley.
    • 58' Jones's ball is headed on by Welbeck, but Young slams the volley over the bar. Had to hit it first time, but was always rising from inside the area.
    • 54' Decent passage of play by United as Anderson's shot is saved by Friedel before he dives to save the rebound from Rooney. Excellent stuff from United there.
    • 52' Lennon wastes a glorous chance as he races clear up a flank, but smacks the ball straight off Evans when Van der Vaart was cying out for the cutback. Sloppy, sloppy play.
    • 49' Young turns in the visiting box, but his shot his smothered well by the huge paws of Friedel. Fine dive and save by the big keeper. Fergie having a laugh in the technical area.
    • 40' Fine move by Spurs sees Bale tee up Van der Vaart, who uncorks a shot at goal from the edge of the box. Easy enough stop for De Gea diving to his left.
    • 25' Lovely move from United! Rooney picks out Young. Superb move, but Young's looping header falls narrowly wide of the target. So close with Friedel beaten.
    • 20' Lovely cross from Nani! Really testing ball that fell between Friedel and the visiting defenders, but no takers there as the ball races away from Rooney.
    • 6' Fine effort from Cleverley. Placed it low and hard to the left of Friedel, but he got down superbly to nudge the ball behind. Super stop from the edge of the box.
    • 3' Van der Vaart guilty of sloppy play. Great cross from Nani to pick out Rooney, but he can't get the power on the header as Friedel makes a comfortable save.
    • 19.20 Teams: Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young; Welbeck, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Fabio, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez.////Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Kranjcar, Livermore, Bale; Van der Vaart; Defoe.. Subs: Gomes, Bassong, Corluka, Huddlestone, Jenas, Townsend, Pavlyuchenko.

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