Manchester United winger Nani takes on the Tottenham Hotspur defence at Old Trafford

Man United   2

Nani (51), Kagawa (54)

Tottenham   3

Vertonghen (2), Bale (32), Dempsey (52)

Saturday 29 September Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,566

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Man United
13Lindegaard
2Rafael
6Evans
5Ferdinandsub14
3Evra
17Nanigoal
16Carrick
22Scholes
11Giggssub10
26Kagawagoalsub19
20van Persie
Subs:
1De Gea
31Wootton
19Welbecksub26
8Anderson
23Cleverley
14Hernandezsub5
10Rooneysub11
Tottenham
24Friedel
28Walker
13Gallas
33Caulker
5Vertonghengoal
30Sandro
19Dembelesub6
2Dempseygoalsub22
7Lennon
18Defoesub20
11Balegoal
Subs:
25Lloris
6Huddlestonesub19
20Dawsonsub18
22Sigurdssonsub2
27Falque
29Townsend
38Mason

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29/09/2012 19:15, Report by Nick Coppack
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sensationally had another, as Kagawa turned and calmly rolled the ball past Brad Friedel and in off the post.

Criminally, however, United had allowed Spurs to score in the intervening minute – Clint Dempsey stroking in the rebound after Bale had stretched Lindegaard – and restore their lead. And so, less than 10 minutes after Tottenham began the second half 2-0 ahead the scoreboard read 3-2 to the visitors.

The breathless drama didn't stop there. Rooney curled a peach of a free-kick against the woodwork on 61 minutes and van Persie had the ball in the net soon after, only to see his celebrations cut short by the referee assistant's raised flag.

Sandro then escaped sanction when the ball struck his hand inside the penalty area (it would have been a harsh award) before Rooney went close with a low effort and van Persie dragged a golden opportunity well wide of the post.

Gallas, under intense pressure from Rooney, headed clear from underneath his own crossbar as the match entered its final phase, before Paul Scholes saw a blistering 25-yard effort well saved by Friedel and Carrick clipped the crossbar with a near-post flick-on.

All the while, the seconds on the clock ticked away and, with them, United's chances of victory faded.

In the end, despite a valliant final few minutes that even saw Lindegaard charge into the Tottenham penalty area, there was no dramatic comeback.

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