United power on as Tottenham is denied

The first priority for Manchester United was to avoid defeat at White Hart Lane and in the end it was a case of mission accomplished. Tottenham will consider this scoreless draw a missed opportunity after defender Rafael was harshly red carded 17 minutes from the end but with captain Nemanja Vidic an absolute colossus in the centre of the defence, United held out for the point that takes them back to the top of the table with two games in hand.

The first priority for Manchester United was to avoid defeat at White Hart Lane and in the end it was a case of mission accomplished. Tottenham will consider this scoreless draw a missed opportunity after defender Rafael was harshly red carded 17 minutes from the end but with captain Nemanja Vidic an absolute colossus in the centre of the defence, United held out for the point that takes them back to the top of the table with two games in hand.

It has to be made clear that this was not a match which lived up to expectations but Spurs showed enough to indicate that their title challenge is real. Defender Michael Dawson admitted afterwards “When they went down to 10 men we thought we could win the game. We’re disappointed not to have the three points.”  Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed the one point saying that “It was a tough game, Tottenham are in a great spell of form, but they didn’t create many chances. I think our defenders were particularly good. It was a decent point, I can’t complain” and neither will United fans.

Tottenham 0  v Manchester United 0

Daily Mirror – Rafael was sent off but 10 man Manchester United still went back to the top of the Barclays Premier League on goal difference after a frantic encounter against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The full-back was dismissed in the 73rd minute after picking up a harsh second yellow card for a trip on Benoit Assou Ekotto.

But the hosts could not make the most of their numerical advantage to leave United still unbeaten in the league this term. Ryan Giggs was named in the starting line-up against Tottenham at White Hart Lane this afternoon to record his 600th league appearance for Manchester United. Full Report

Tottenhamhotspurs.com – Manchester United’s unbeaten league run this season remains intact following their visit to the Lane – but the Reds cannot say they were not tested to the maximum by Harry Redknapp’s men. An entertaining clash did not yield a winner but for long spells it looked likely that we would be the team to break the deadlock – especially after Rafael Da Silva was sent off for the visitors 15 minutes from time.

But as it is, United reclaim their place at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference from Manchester City, while the point was not quite good enough to see us back into the top four on this occasion. Full Report

Manchester Evening News – United maintained their unbeaten record to go back to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after a frantic encounter at White Hart Lane. Wayne Rooney brought a couple of smart saves from Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and Rafael van der Vaart also went close on two occasions for Tottenham.

But in the end the two sides cancelled each other out in a game which proved the title race is going to be tight right until the end. The draw sees Tottenham, who have not beaten United since May 2001 in a run which now stretches 24 matches, stay fifth a point behind Chelsea and outside the Champions League places after a game which was long on effort and passion but short on quality. Full Report

Tottenham – Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Palacios (Defoe 78), Van der Vaart, Bale, Lennon, Crouch

Manchester United – van der Sar, Rafael (Red Card 73), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani (Anderson 60), Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov (Hernandez 78)

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