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01/12/2013 14:54, Report by Tim Oscroft
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The match: Still unbeaten

Valencia also provided several bright moments on the flank.

Sub-plots United may have expected an immediate backlash from Spurs following their disastrous showing last Sunday, but the Reds controlled the early exchanges prior to their hosts’ opener. Despite that, and Spurs’ spectacular second, there was no panic and each time United picked up the tempo to give the best chance of drawing level again. With two sides just ahead of us in the table visiting Old Trafford this week, there’s a great chance to build upon the foundations laid by this solid display.

Opposition Both the home team and home support were nervy early on in the aftermath of last Sunday’s six-goal humiliation at Manchester City, but the against-the-run-of-play goal for Walker lifted the spirits. Roberto Soldado’s miss and De Gea’s block to deny Lennon proved to be crucial when Rooney hit back. They could not build on the momentum from Sandro’s magnificent strike, and despite a more end-to-end closing phase they could not consistently worry United’s defence.

Move of the match Phil Jones won the ball near the touchline before quickly putting in a teasing cross that Kyle Walker could not deal with. Wayne Rooney’s predatory instincts perfectly capped off Jones’ good work just a few seconds earlier.

In the stands The travelling support made the most of the nervousness around the Lane, and would be broadly satisfied after coming away with a point with two home games in the offing this week.

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