Saturday September 29, 2012 Day 6 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Nani 51’
  • Kagawa 53’
  • Evans 2’ (o.g.)
  • Bale 32’
  • Dempsey 52’

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  1. Spurs grab historic win at Manchester United

    Spurs grab historic win at Manchester United

    Tottenham Hotspur held on to a thrilling 3-2 win at Manchester United, their first league victory at Old Trafford since 1989. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 90+5 The corner almost drops to Lindegaard but hacked clear! Nani back in, now Lindegaard punts it in and Friedel claims. AND THAT'S IT! SPURS HAVE WON IT! Their first win at Old Trafford since 1989!
    • 90+4 Vertonghen takes it down the left but Evans tackles. Scholes now to Rooney, his cross is half cleared and now Nani on the right wins a corner. Lindegaard races up!!
    • 90+3 Scholes on the ball now, Nani wide right, he crosses in but Caulker pounds a header clear. AvB is having a fit on the touchline.
    • 90+2 Foolish effort from Nani, firing very high into the crowd from range with United lining up for a pass. Ferdinand is replaced by Hernandez, while Defoe is replaced by Dawson for Spurs.
    • 90+1 Four minutes for United to find a leveller. They have a throw on the right as Hernandez readies himself to come on for United.
    • 90' The free-kick comes and goes and United move forward again as we enter Fergie time. but Scholes gives it away to Defoe, only for Evans to block his shot!
    • 89' Sigurdsson successfully challenges Rooney and takes it into the United half before winning a free-kick off a Rooney lunge near the corner. Just what Spurs wanted.
    • 88' Scholes in space, he shoots but it's blocked. Evra has it now, to Welbeck, Nani in support but Sandro gets it away. He hurts himself in doing so.
    • 87' Welbeck on the left, now it's spread to Rafael on the right, Carrick back to Welbeck as United try to work space for a shot or through ball. Scholes now to Carrick, who miscontrols. Defoe on the ball now but Evans and Nani snuff out the counter.
    • 86' Rafael on the right puts in a cross that Vertonghen then Huddlestone clear. United come again though. Spurs have parked the bus. Now Rafael crosses in, Evra is unmarked and he heads on goal but straight at Friedel!! No marking, Evra should have scored!
    • 85' Ferdinand attempts a cross, Sigurdsson blocks it and United have a corner. The ball is flicked on by Carrick and it hits the woodwork!
    • 84' SPURS SUB: Huddlestone replaced Dembele as AvB looks to shut up shop and get some more of the midfield.
    • 83' United come forward again as Nani puts Rooney in, it opens up for him but he should have tried to play Van Persie through instead of blasting high and wide. Poor effort.
    • 82' The corner is half-cleared as United earn a throw on the left. Now Scholes on the ball AND HE STRIKES FROM RANGE BUT FRIEDEL PARRIES! Almost a Scholes classic there.
    • 81' Scholes with an arched diagonal ball to Nani, whose cross is diverted behind for a corner.
    • 80' Gallas is still on the pitch and a good thing too - a vital intervention to nod the ball away from a back-post Rooney arriving to meet Nani's cross.
    • 79' UNITED SUB: Welbeck replaces Kagawa as United go for the direct option.
    • 78' I say that and then Van Persie drills a super cross in that is hacked away. Rooney a touch deep. Now Nani drives one in from range but too close to Friedel.
    • 77' Scholes lofts a super crossfield pass to Nani, who controls well but plays the cross off Caulker. Still United's as Rooney and Scholes combine, now Kagawa... lots of touches but not enough opportunity.
    • 76' United passing carefully and patiently as they wait for the killer pass. However, Spurs get the ball back and Bale almost sends Defoe through but for a heavy pass.
    • 75' Heavy touch from Lennon knocks it out of play, with Dawson warming up, one assumes to replace Gallas, who is struggling.
    • 74' Both clubs have had four attempts on target. Rooney gets past Gallas but Sandro saves the day and Friedel gathers.
    • 73' Carrick lofts a cross in and Van Persie flies in to attack but he flicks the downward header well wide!
    • 72' The frantic pace of the second half has taken its toll as the tempo slows a touch.
    • 71' Scholes is pulling the strings quite beautifully now but after finding Nani the Portuguese's cross is poor. United come again though as Scholes spreads it wide to Rafael, great ball, but the full-back's cross is poor and Gallas clears.
    • 70' SPURS SUB: Dempsey comes off for Sigurdsson.
    • 69' Lennon almost gets inside Rio but Evra is back to clear well. Now after some great play by Rooney and Kagawa, Van Persie slips into space on the left but he drags his finish across Friedel and well wide! Should have done much better.
    • 68' United are hunting in packs at the moment but Nani runs into Vertonghen. A proper cup tie style game this. Sigurdsson is coming on for Spurs in a bit,
    • 67' Gallas is back on and United fell he handled it when Scholes headed the ball back in. And another one as Kagawa's cross spins into Gallas's midriff! All happening here!
    • 67' Gallas is off having his contact lens replaced. Not really a good time for it!
    • 66' United take it quickly, Rafael finds Rooney with his back to goal, he should offload to Carrick but turns to shoot and puts it wide! Carrick is furious!
    • 65' Vertonghen has a whinge at the ref, who gives him a final warning. It was a foul on Scholes by Sandro. Free-kick taken too quickly...
    • 64' United howling for a penalty after the ball spins up into Sandro's arm! Ferdinand is baying for a spot kick - accidental as he had no idea where the ball was after a bounce, but you see them given. Would have been harsh.
    • 63' United have a corner now on the left. Incessant pressure from the hosts.
    • 62' Van Persie has the ball in the back of the net but he's a yard offside from Scholes' ball. Granstand finish pending.
    • 61' ROONEY HITS THE POST! A fantastic outswinging free-kick from Rooney that beats Friedel and rattles wood. Great effort.
    • 60' Free-kick United now some way out, Rooney over it. At least 25 yards...
    • 59' Replay confirms a clean tackle from Walker. And Kagawa doesn't complain so we should assume he agrees.
    • 58' Scholes with a long pass to Nani, now Van Persie finds Rooney but cleared by Caulker. Now Kagawa with a brilliant take of a long ball on his chest, Walker slides in and United want a penalty! Looked a good tackle to me!
    • 57' Rooney with an effort from range but straight down Friedel's throat.
    • 56' Van Persie has it back now, he finds Rafael but the cross is blocked. End to end stuff now, cracking game.
    • 55' Van Persie inside to Rooney, who almost turns inside but Spurs clear.
    • 54' Sandro bursts forward now, he feeds Lennon on the right who wins a corner off Evra. Jeepers.
    • 54' GOAL UNITED! 3-2! KAGAWA! You are kidding me! Van Persie with a killer through-ball, brilliant turn on a sixpence by the Japanese and he strokes a finish in off the post. Golly.
    • 53' Disgraceful defending from United there, ball-watching and Evra a particular villain.
    • 53' GOAL SPURS! MADNESS! DEMPSEY! 3-1! From kick off almost as United go to sleep, Sandro feeding Bale who smacks a super low shot on goal that Lindegaard saves but a tap-in for Dempsey. Way to hustle.
    • 52' You'd hope Nani would beat something in celebration but he has his game-face on and simply races back to halfway with the ball. Fair enough.
    • 51' GOAL UNITED! NANI! 2-1 to Spurs, United claw one back as Rooney's fantastic dipping ball from the right is poached home by Nani.
    • 49' Fine weighted high ball into the area from Scholes but Rooney's outstreched leg fails to bring it down.
    • 48' Spurs barely getting a touch in these early stages but they won't be too concerned about that.
    • 47' As you'd expect, United start the half applying pressure via possession. Nani is looking bright enough given his recent worries.
    • 46' The second half is underway with United at a more orthodox 4-4-2 one would assume.
    • - UNITED SUB: Wayne Rooney has come on for Ryan Giggs. No major surprises.
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    • 45+3 Half-time and a well-drilled Spurs lead a sluggish United 2-0! One is not amused.
    • 45+3 Bale with a short corner, he gets it back before driving in a cross but a foul on Evra hands possession back to the hosts. Fergie will no doubt unleash the beast at the break.
    • 45+2 Walker goes on another run down the right but Scholes slides in with a well-timed tackle, corner Spurs.
    • 45+1 Three minutes added time being played.
    • 45' Welbeck is also warming up, as he should. Van Persie has drifted out of the game since that hit from Gallas, probably worth taking him and Giggs off.
    • 44' Walker bursts down the right but he's well challenged by Evra. Throw Spurs.
    • 43' Vertonghen clearly fouled Nani, almost had his shirt off, but the ref missed it. Swings and roundabouts. Nani has a shot from range but Friedel gathers well.
    • 42' Still with United as Giggs has the ball on the left, he looks back to Carrick, Scholes wide to Kagawa, now Nani overlaps... Rafael flicks it to Scholes who overheads a pass for Nani, who is hauled down by Vertonghen but no penalty! Corner!
    • 41' Kagawa with a chance to put a ball in from the right but it's easy for Vertonghen. Rooney is warming up now.
    • 40' Pretty intense period of pressure from United but they can't get past the final third area... Spurs working hard.
    • 39' United have a corner now but Giggs's ball is headed clear by Bale. Rafael launches it back in but Gallas is there to knock it away.
    • 38' A promising United move sees RvP slide Evra in wide left but his low ball is straight to Friedel, with no-one really attacking the cross. Rooney and Hernandez look on.
    • 37' Sandro robs Scholes before running into Kagawa, who wins a foul off the Brazilian.
    • 36' Throw to Spurs launched into the box but United clear. The home fans in better voice now.
    • 35' Gallas has taken a knock and needs treatment. A delay as he trots off.
    • 34' Spurs keeping the ball nicely now as United have know answers.
    • 33' United's fans are stunned into silence. That was some burst from Bale but Rio is an old, old man now and had the pace of a Terry. Too easy for the Welshman.
    • 32' GOAL TOTTENHAM! AND IT'S A BALE CLASSIC! 2-0. Dembele with a short ball from halfway and Bale just knocks it away and uses his immense pace from 50 yards to race away from Ferdinand before driving a low finish into the bottom left. Wow. Shades of the goals against Inter Milan.
    • 31' This is more like the United we know, a long spell of possession in an advanced area. Van Persie now runs inside to space but Sandro cuts it out.
    • 30' Kagawa sees Giggs in space, a nice ball inside but Vertonghen reads it to clear for a throw.
    • 29' Van Persie on the left spots Evra overlapping but the Frenchman is offside when the ball is released.
    • 28' Free-kick to Spurs around 35 yards out, centre-left. Bale likely to swing it in.... Flag is up, offside on Gallas.
    • 27' Sandro is on his own wide right so he holds it up to win a throw, good play when isolated.
    • 26' Vertonghen gets forward again but this time he can't get past Evans. A bounding centre-back with leftish tendencies, reminds me of Heinze in his pomp.
    • 25' Van Persie to take then but his delivery is flicked wide for a corner, Bale with the touch. Remember - he's a nice guy. More here.
    • 24' Kagawa slips away from Caulker, who trips him just on the edge of the box, right corner. Lefty Van Persie to take...
    • 23' Nani on the right, he leaves Vertonghen for dead but his good cross is just over RvP.
    • 22' Decent ball in from Bale but headed over by Vertonghen. Should have done better.
    • 21' Kagawa with a timely challenge on Sandro as he burst in. Now a cynical block by Evra on Walker as the England right-back surged in down the right.
    • 20' Spurs are keeping possession very nicely now. They're certainly winning the midfield battle at this stage.
    • 19' Caulker again meets the Bale corner but he heads it into Lindegaard's arms.
    • 18' Short corner, Dembele skips away from Nani, now Bale on it and he wins a free-kick off his Welsh pal Giggs.
    • 17' Defoe takea a long ball on the chest, he holds it up superbly and feeds a rampaging Vertonghen who wins a corner.
    • 16' Bale handles as he tries to run on to a bouncing ball.
    • 15' Spurs play it clear as a cagey United attack breaks down too easily. Scholes not getting enough touches on the ball.
    • 14' Play has resumed and Van Persie is able to continue for now. Shaken, not stirred.
    • 13' Van Persie is receiving treatment to that whack on the shin. I've seen penalties given for less than that, although Gallas got something on the ball as Van Persie struck it. Seemed a bit reckless to me.
    • 12' Gallas with a header clear but Dempsey gives it away with a poor header, Van Persie can shoot and a late tackle from Gallas, the shot is wide and Gallas is lucky not to give away a penalty. Van Persie is hurt.
    • 11' Old Trafford very subdued right now. Will United come back to win or do Spurs have what it takes? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 10' Bale's corner is a good one to the far post but Caulker, who would have been better off heading it across goal, pounds it well over.
    • 9' Corner Spurs after a great burst from Lennon, who shifts inside and drills a shot wide off Rio. Great start by Spurs.
    • 8' JUST WIDE BY DEMPSEY! A fine low strike from range after good play from former Fulham team-mate Dembele.
    • 7' Nice counter from Spurs as Vertonghen again shows composure on the ball. It breaks down but they keep possession.
    • 6' Vertonghen is back at his day job with an important clearance on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 5' Rafael is hauled back for clobbering Bale a touch late as they rose for the ball on the edge of Spurs' box.
    • 4' Well that silenced the home fans. It was a strange goal too, he seemed to lose control of the ball on a couple of occasions but a combination of persistence, rotten defending and luck allowed him to cut inside and get a shot away. It struck Evans's hand en route past the keeper. Odd goal.
    • 3' GOAL TOTTENHAM! 1-0! Vertonghen with a driving run forward from defence, almost clumsily lolloping into the box before driving a low shot that takes a huge deflection off Evans to leave Lindegaard wrong footed!
    • 2' Good tackle by Evra on Lennon as the erstwhile England winger gets in down the right.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Old Trafford.
    • 17:29 Pre-match huddles from Spurs as Defoe takes charge of the chat.
    • 17:28 Chris Foy is tonight's ref.
    • 17:27 FACT: But wait! Robin van Persie has scored five goals and has four assists in his last six Premier League home games against Tottenham. STRIKER!
    • 17:26 FACT: Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against Tottenham and five in the last five. But he is on the bench! Boo!
    • 17:25 FACT: Manchester United have won 17 and lost none of their last 22 Premier League games against Tottenham.
    • 17:20 "You're a nice guuuuy". I wonder if Fergie sees Bale as Batman or the American Psycho vintage? Either way, the flying Welshman has not ruled out a move abroad. More on that here!
    • 17:15 In his pre-match interview on TV, Fergie just referred to Spurs winger 'Christian Bale'... Did Bale respond thus?
    • 17:10 Tottenham, meanwhile, have a job on their hands to keep Tim Sherwood on their coaching staff after he became a leading target for Blackburn - this following the 'forced resignation' of dear old Steve Kean. Spurs fight to keep Sherwood
    • 17:05 And this morning saw reports that Nani could be on the way out of Old Trafford after a training ground punch-up with Davide Petrucci. The fact he starts tonight could put that story into perspective. Nani 'in training-ground punch-up'
    • 17:00 A couple of interesting United titbits flying around. Yesterday we had Fergie's frankly startling admission that he suspected Nemanja Vidic was not fully fit after his cruciate injury - the United skipper is out for another two months with a meniscus injury. Ferguson makes Vidic admission
    • 16:55 It has been a thrilling afternoon of Premier League action so far - and United need a win to keep pace at the top of the table. Today's Premier League scores
    • 16:50 TEAMS: MAN UTD: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, van Persie; Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Wootton, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Verthongen, Gallas, Caulker, Walker, Dempsey, Lennon, Bale, Sandro, Dembele, Defoe; Lloris, Dawson, Huddlestone, Falque, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Mason
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur from Old Trafford.
  • Summary

    • 86' Rafael on the right puts in a cross that Vertonghen then Huddlestone clear. United come again though. Spurs have parked the bus. Now Rafael crosses in, Evra is unmarked and he heads on goal but straight at Friedel!! No marking, Evra should have scored!
    • 85' Ferdinand attempts a cross, Sigurdsson blocks it and United have a corner. The ball is flicked on by Carrick and it hits the woodwork!
    • 82' The corner is half-cleared as United earn a throw on the left. Now Scholes on the ball AND HE STRIKES FROM RANGE BUT FRIEDEL PARRIES! Almost a Scholes classic there.
    • 78' I say that and then Van Persie drills a super cross in that is hacked away. Rooney a touch deep. Now Nani drives one in from range but too close to Friedel.
    • 73' Carrick lofts a cross in and Van Persie flies in to attack but he flicks the downward header well wide!
    • 69' Lennon almost gets inside Rio but Evra is back to clear well. Now after some great play by Rooney and Kagawa, Van Persie slips into space on the left but he drags his finish across Friedel and well wide! Should have done much better.
    • 67' Gallas is back on and United fell he handled it when Scholes headed the ball back in. And another one as Kagawa's cross spins into Gallas's midriff! All happening here!
    • 66' United take it quickly, Rafael finds Rooney with his back to goal, he should offload to Carrick but turns to shoot and puts it wide! Carrick is furious!
    • 64' United howling for a penalty after the ball spins up into Sandro's arm! Ferdinand is baying for a spot kick - accidental as he had no idea where the ball was after a bounce, but you see them given. Would have been harsh.
    • 62' Van Persie has the ball in the back of the net but he's a yard offside from Scholes' ball. Granstand finish pending.
    • 61' ROONEY HITS THE POST! A fantastic outswinging free-kick from Rooney that beats Friedel and rattles wood. Great effort.
    • 58' Scholes with a long pass to Nani, now Van Persie finds Rooney but cleared by Caulker. Now Kagawa with a brilliant take of a long ball on his chest, Walker slides in and United want a penalty! Looked a good tackle to me!
    • 54' GOAL UNITED! 3-2! KAGAWA! You are kidding me! Van Persie with a killer through-ball, brilliant turn on a sixpence by the Japanese and he strokes a finish in off the post. Golly.
    • 53' GOAL SPURS! MADNESS! DEMPSEY! 3-1! From kick off almost as United go to sleep, Sandro feeding Bale who smacks a super low shot on goal that Lindegaard saves but a tap-in for Dempsey. Way to hustle.
    • 51' GOAL UNITED! NANI! 2-1 to Spurs, United claw one back as Rooney's fantastic dipping ball from the right is poached home by Nani.
    • 42' Still with United as Giggs has the ball on the left, he looks back to Carrick, Scholes wide to Kagawa, now Nani overlaps... Rafael flicks it to Scholes who overheads a pass for Nani, who is hauled down by Vertonghen but no penalty! Corner!
    • 32' GOAL TOTTENHAM! AND IT'S A BALE CLASSIC! 2-0. Dembele with a short ball from halfway and Bale just knocks it away and uses his immense pace from 50 yards to race away from Ferdinand before driving a low finish into the bottom left. Wow. Shades of the goals against Inter Milan.
    • 12' Gallas with a header clear but Dempsey gives it away with a poor header, Van Persie can shoot and a late tackle from Gallas, the shot is wide and Gallas is lucky not to give away a penalty. Van Persie is hurt.
    • 9' Corner Spurs after a great burst from Lennon, who shifts inside and drills a shot wide off Rio. Great start by Spurs.
    • 8' JUST WIDE BY DEMPSEY! A fine low strike from range after good play from former Fulham team-mate Dembele.
    • 3' GOAL TOTTENHAM! 1-0! Vertonghen with a driving run forward from defence, almost clumsily lolloping into the box before driving a low shot that takes a huge deflection off Evans to leave Lindegaard wrong footed!
    • 16:50 TEAMS: MAN UTD: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, van Persie; Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Wootton, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Verthongen, Gallas, Caulker, Walker, Dempsey, Lennon, Bale, Sandro, Dembele, Defoe; Lloris, Dawson, Huddlestone, Falque, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Mason
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