Sunday March 4, 2012 Day 27 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 3 Manchester United

  • Defoe 87’
  • Rooney 45’
  • Young 60’, 69’

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  1. Young double helps United win at Spurs

    Young double helps United win at Spurs

    Manchester United moved back to within two points of the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart More

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    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Manchester United
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    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and United close the gap at the top back to two points! SPurs suffer back-to-back defeats for first tiem since ther start of the season, and are now beginning to look nervously over their shoulder at Arsenal.
    • 90+2' Adebayor goes on a weaving run in the United box but he is denied a shot by a great challenge from Ferdinand.
    • 90'' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 88' Evans goes into the referee's book, the third to do so this evening.
    • 87' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 1-3 UNITED!! United caught napping and they allow Defoe to score. The substitute coasts through the middle and hits a fizzing strike from 20 yards past De Gea, who may have seen it late.
    • 86' Suddenly, Spurs' next few games don't look so easy. After Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Stevenage they travel to Everton, host Stoke and then visit Chelsea. Tottenham fixtures
    • 84' Tottenham substitution: Danny Rose repalces Lennon.
    • 83' United now seeing much more of the ball than at any other time in this match. Rooney bounds forward and plays it to Young, whose cross is blocked.
    • 82' Manchester United’s biggest win at Spurs in the PL era is 4-0 (4 February 2007).
    • 80' Tottenham substitutions: Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar replace Saha and Sandro.
    • 79' United substitution: Park Ji-Sung replaces Nani.
    • 78' Good spell for United there. Possibly the most attackign possession they have enjoyed all game, and that includes any of the three times they have scored!
    • 76' It has to be said that, for all of Young's brilliance with his two goals, Ferdinand has been imperious today. Nothing has got past him.
    • 75' De Gea is unconvincing as he punches the ball away, but the play ends up going all the way back to Friedel.
    • 74' Antoehr free-kick for Spurs near the corner of the area, conceded by Rooney this time.
    • 73' lennon is invited to push into the box and take a shot on his left foot. He does just that, but it flies over the target.
    • 71' Even at 2-0 down, Spurs will have still believed they could have recovered from the two sucker punches United had landed. But that Young pearler has all but put this game to bed.
    • 70' After scoring for England at Wembley on Wednesday, Young takes his season tally in all competitions for United to six.
    • 69' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 0-3 UNITED!! Young scores again, and this time it's a beauty! Evra plays it to the feet of the winger, who turns and curls a lovely finish right out of Friedel's reach and into the top corner!
    • 68' United cannot make much of the corner or the second ball. The travelling fans are singing "Harry for England!".
    • 67' Jones fires in a first-time cross that King heads behind for a corner.
    • 66' Spurs still putting United under pressure, but Ferdinand is holding it together. He heads behind for another Tottenham corner. The set piece comes back to Asosu-Ekotto whose volley is well struck but right at De Gea.
    • 65' It's too deep, even for King at the far post, and Rooney shepherds it out of play for a throw.
    • 64' Young concedes a free-kick near the right-hand corner of the United area. Modric will send it in...
    • 62' Spurs on the attack again as Lennon chips the ball across fromt he bylien,b ut it's too high for the white shirt in the box.
    • 61' Young scores his first league goal for United since that 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal back in August!
    • 60' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 0-2 UNITED!! Once again, Spurs caught out at a set piece! United take a throw-in quickly, Nani gets along the byline and hits a low ball across the six-yard box. Walker loops it into the air but Young dispatches a clinical volley into the far corner!
    • 59' Adebayor controls and turns as he tries to wriggle his way between two defenders but he goes to ground... play on says the referee. Adebayor went down a little easily there.
    • 58' It will be Assou-Ekotto to strike... Bending and dipping over the wall and it clips the top of the bar! De Gea, to be fair, looked like he had it covered.
    • 58' United clear the corner but Spurs retain possession Evra trips Modric and Spurs have another free-kick in a good position.
    • 57' One-two with Sandro by Lennon and his cross at the byline is put behind by Ferdinand. A difficult block fromt he defender. That could have gone anywhere if he wasn't careful.
    • 55' Jones right back in the thick of the action and Livermore tackles him. Adebayor shrugs Scholes off the ball, but he fouled him as he did so.
    • 54' Jones is down receiving treatment after a clash with Modric. It was an innocuous collision with the Croat's arm. That is about the only way Modric could ever hope to floor Jones!
    • 53' Kaboul gets more power on his header from this latest corner, but again he guides it wide.
    • 52' Again Lennon cuts in from the right and squares it to Livermore. The midfielder's shot from the edge of the box is saved by De Gea! Livermore is still awaiting his first Tottenham goal.
    • 51' Lennon nips inside again and dinks a ball into the box. It's knocked back for Jake Livermore, but the midfielder is not allowed to get his shot away.
    • 50' Kaboul meets the corner with a header that drifts wide for a goal kick. Some are claiming the last touch was off a United player, but the referee rightly disagrees.
    • 49' Floated in by Modric, but it's easily headed clear by Jones. Spurs keep the pressure on, though, and Ferdinand has to put it behind for a corner.
    • 48' Spurs win a free-kick on the left, which Modric will deliver.
    • 47' Spurs have won none of their last 21 Premier League games against Man Utd (W0 D5 L16). They will have to score at least to end that run today.
    • 46' The second half is underway! No changes for either side at the break.
    • 45+2' Half-time is called, and Spurs will wonder how on earth they go into the break a goal down!
    • 45+1' That's Rooney's seventh goal in his last eight appearances against Spurs.
    • 45' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 0-1 UNITED!! Wouldn't you know it; Rooney scores right before half-time! The England striker makes another forward run at the set piece and glances his header past Fridel!
    • 45' Young's free-kick loops up into the air off a Tottenham head and Friedel has to tip it over the bar for a corner.
    • 44' Sandro goes into the referee's book for a late challenge on Young by the touchline. He's been on course for that booking.
    • 43' Another refereeing decision in the United box goes against Adebayor, this time for a barge on Jones.
    • 42' Rooney tussles with Sandro in midfield. The Brazilian emerges with thye ball but is fouled by the England forward.
    • 40' Adebayor penalised for handball again, this tim as he takes the ball on his chest inside the United area.
    • 39' Wayne Rooney (who made his Premier League debut against Spurs) has netted six goals in his last seven league outings against Tottenham.
    • 38' That was the first time that Spurs have truly got in behind United, and it came ont he break after a corner at the Spurs end.
    • 37' SPURS THINK THEY'VE SCORED! Lennon skips past Jones at the byline and plays it back to Saha, whose shot rebounds off Adebayor on the line. At the second time of asking the ball is in the back of the net, but the referee had already blown for handball by Adebayor! Replays show it was a great spot by Martin Atkinson.
    • 36' Nani's cross bounces awkwardly in front of Ledley King. The Spurs captain puts it behind for a corner.
    • 35' Assou-Ekotto bends in an inviting cross but it's over Adebayor and too far in front of Saha.
    • 34' Lennong drifts in from the right but his chip into the box is weak. Lennon has it again but Ferdinand easily shrugs him off the ball.
    • 33' In their last 30 PL matches at White Hart Lane, Spurs have built a record of 19 wins, 10 draws and one defeat. That one defeat was against Manchester City (5-1) on 28 August 2011.
    • 32' Nani tries a threaded pass down the right channel for Rooney, but it runs thorugh to Friedel.
    • 31' Great pressing play from Kaboul, who manages to not foul Young when that is all the United man was looking for. Jones cannily guides a cross back to De Gea with his chest.
    • 30' The initial corner is headed clear, and the second ball is put out for a throw by a combination of De Gea's fist and Rooney's head.
    • 29' Lennon rolls the free-kick to Kaboul who drills a low strike wide. It took a slight deflection on its way through, so it's a Spurs corner.
    • 28' Saha bounds forward as Tottenham launch a counter-attack. He draws the foul from Jones on the edge of the box, and that's the game's first booking.
    • 27' Walker gets caught on the shin by Ashley Young's studs as the United forward tries to block the pass. United beginning to show more enterprise going forward now.
    • 26' Adebayor cleverly anticipates a Scholes pass but it rebounds off the striekr and back to the United midfielder. Adebayor would have been almost clean through then.
    • 25' Tottenham have failed to score in 13 of their last 20 Premier League games against the Red Devils.
    • 24' As we pass the midway point of the first half, this has beena solid away performance from United. They clearly respect the threat that Spurs carry, but they have kept them at bay quite comfortably thus far.
    • 23' Lennon gets past Evra and his cross from the byline pings around the area for a moment but neither Saha nor Adebayor can get to it before United clear.
    • 22' Rooney surges forward and slides the ball forward into Welbeck's path. His first touch is poor and the ball is soon in Friedel's arms.
    • 21' Lennon's cross is cleared for a throw by a diving header from Jones.
    • 20' From the first corner of the match, Younes Kaboul glances a header well wide.
    • 19' De Gea's clearance is a poor one and Sandro heads it forward for Adebayor. The striker's low shot for the far corner is blocked by the keeper!
    • 18' United have now maintained their record of not conceding in the opening 15 minutes of a league match this season.
    • 17' Spurs have scored seven goals in their last two PL matches combined and Emmanuel Adebayor has played a part in each of them, scoring twice and providing five assists.
    • 16' A rare poor pass for Scholes gives the ball to Modric. The little Croatian plays inside for Saha, whose tame shot is an easy gather for De Gea.
    • 15' More good build-up play from Spurs, but as soon as Lennon tries to feed Adebayor in the box Ferdinand is all over it and intercepts.
    • 14' This is a good spell of possession for Spurs, but they are not making any inroads into the United box. Patrice Evra tackles Lennon for a Spurs throw.
    • 13' High quality play from both sides here. The ball can't have gone out of play for maybe the last five minutes.
    • 12' Only three Spurs managers have ever won a PL match against Alex Ferguson and United: Gerry Francis (4-1 on 1 Jan 1996), George Graham (3-1 on 23 Oct 1999) and Glenn Hoddle (3-1 on 19 May 2001).
    • 11' Paul Scholes manages to evade the attentions of Sandro with a nimble turn that defies his 37 years.
    • 10' Spurs break quickly and Aaron Lennon scampers through the centre with the ball. Adebayor's run bunches up the two centre-backs, and a heavy touch from Leenon allows Jonny Evans to make the tackle.
    • 9' Nani plays the square pass to Wayne Rooney on the corner of the box. The England striker's first-time shot is right at Brad Friedel.
    • 8' This is the 150th league meeting between these clubs. Tottenham have won 35, Manchester United 75 and 39 draws.
    • 7' Emmanuel Adebayor takes his turn to have a pop from range himself. It's a better effort than Welbeck's, but still flashes over David de Gea's bar.
    • 6' Danny Welbeck turns and has space ahead of him to run into, but he is off balance as he swipes a shot high and wide from range.
    • 5' Louis Saha drives into the United box and has his shot blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 4' Both sides seeing a bit of the ball in the opposition half in these early stages.
    • 3' With his 986th league match in charge of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson surpasses the all-time club record by Sir Matt Busby.
    • 2' Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Phil Jones both down hrt after colliding but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.
    • 1' United kick off and the match is underway!
    • 16:07 Both managers express their sympathies for Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier today. Full story here
    • 16:05 We're just a few minutes away from kick-off. You can share your thoughts on the match with me via Twitter @tony_mabert. Who's going to win this one?
    • 16:00 Today's referee is Martin Atkinson from West Yorkshire.
    • 15:55 Michael Carrick accepts Manchester United's impressive record against Tottenham will count for little. He said: "We have a decent record down there, although it won't count for much this weekend." The 30-year-old midfielder added: "Over the years there have been some classic games between the two teams. It is two teams that play good football and try to play the right way."
    • 15:50 Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were on the pitch the last time United lost to Spurs, who were then managed by Glenn Hoddle. The veteran duo may have lost a bit of their pace since then, but Redknapp is still a big fan of both players. "It's fantastic to see them playing," the 65-year-old said. "They are just amazing players and they are a great credit to their profession. Scholes has come back out of retirement this year and he is still pulling all the strings and Giggs is just an amazing player."
    • 15:45 The omens do not look good for Redknapp's team, however. Tottenham collapsed to a dismal 5-2 defeat at Arsenal last weekend and the last time they beat United was in 2001 when a brace from Willem Korsten and strike from Les Ferdinand gave the Londoners a 3-1 win.
    • 15:40 Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham have a better chance than ever of ending their 11-year wait for a victory against Manchester United today. "It is the best equipped team to win since 2001," Redknapp said. "We will have to be at our very best if we are going to get a result from the game but we have a good chance."
    • 15:35 Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has recovered from a throat infection but defender Chris Smalling is missing after a clash of heads on England duty midweek while midfielders Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia are ruled out with foot and hamstring injuries respectively.
    • 15:30 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is without Gareth Bale after the winger suffering a hamstring injury in midweek and Rafael van der Vaart (calf) is also absent. Scott Parker is suspended following his sending off at the Emirates Stadium last weekend while long-term absentees William Gallas (calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remain sidelined.
    • 15:25 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Sandro, Modric, Adebayor, Saha. Subs: Cudicini, Giovani, Defoe, Dawson, Kranjcar, Rose, Nelsen /// 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
    • 15:20 Second-placed Manchester United look to narrow the gap behind leaders Manchester City to two points when they travel to third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 1-3 UNITED!! United caught napping and they allow Defoe to score. The substitute coasts through the middle and hits a fizzing strike from 20 yards past De Gea, who may have seen it late.
    • 69' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 0-3 UNITED!! Young scores again, and this time it's a beauty! Evra plays it to the feet of the winger, who turns and curls a lovely finish right out of Friedel's reach and into the top corner!
    • 60' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 0-2 UNITED!! Once again, Spurs caught out at a set piece! United take a throw-in quickly, Nani gets along the byline and hits a low ball across the six-yard box. Walker loops it into the air but Young dispatches a clinical volley into the far corner!
    • 58' It will be Assou-Ekotto to strike... Bending and dipping over the wall and it clips the top of the bar! De Gea, to be fair, looked like he had it covered.
    • 52' Again Lennon cuts in from the right and squares it to Livermore. The midfielder's shot from the edge of the box is saved by De Gea! Livermore is still awaiting his first Tottenham goal.
    • 45' GOAL!! TOTTENHAM 0-1 UNITED!! Wouldn't you know it; Rooney scores right before half-time! The England striker makes another forward run at the set piece and glances his header past Fridel!
    • 37' SPURS THINK THEY'VE SCORED! Lennon skips past Jones at the byline and plays it back to Saha, whose shot rebounds off Adebayor on the line. At the second time of asking the ball is in the back of the net, but the referee had already blown for handball by Adebayor! Replays show it was a great spot by Martin Atkinson.
    • 19' De Gea's clearance is a poor one and Sandro heads it forward for Adebayor. The striker's low shot for the far corner is blocked by the keeper!
    • 15:25 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Sandro, Modric, Adebayor, Saha. Subs: Cudicini, Giovani, Defoe, Dawson, Kranjcar, Rose, Nelsen /// 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

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