Here’s our review of the key points from the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane…
The Match A see-saw encounter, with the hosts going ahead following good early pressure from United. Spurs missed two opportunities to extend their lead, and the Reds made them pay when Rooney pounced to equalise, but United’s famed resilience saw them shake off Sandro’s brilliant goal by forcing another leveller from the penalty spot. The last half-hour was a much more even affair, but neither goalkeeper was called upon too often.
Goals It’s not often you see a free kick smashed underneath a defensive wall for a goal, and David de Gea was not happy with the four men in front of him who had jumped up in anticipation of Kyle Walker lifting it up and over them. Rooney was at his predatory best when latching onto Walker’s mistake for the equaliser, but credit must go to Phil Jones for his work in robbing Mousa Dembele and then giving the Reds the chance to level. Sandro put the home side back into the lead in spectacular style, but Rooney kept his cool to drive the ball home from 12 yards.
Star men Wayne Rooney was outstanding – how many times have we said that this season? Despite playing as the sole striker, the England international set a wonderful example in tracking back to defend, and whipping in several teasing dead-ball efforts. Phil Jones’ versatility will be an asset for years to come, but he looked comfortable in midfield up against some highly-rated opponents. Antonio Valencia also provided several bright moments on the flank.