De Gea then made a crucial block to deny Aaron Lennon, and within seconds later the Premier League champions were level thanks to brilliant work from Phil Jones.
The versatile England international, operating in midfield, won the ball from Mousa Dembele on the right flank and whipped an excellent cross into the Spurs area. A poor touch from Walker knocked the ball back into the path of the lurking Rooney, who stretched out his right foot to place the ball past Lloris for his seventh league goal of what is already an outstanding season for United’s talisman.
But Spurs re-took the lead after the break in similar, against-the-run-of-play circumstances to their first goal when Sandro cut onto his right foot to elude Tom Cleverley before unleashing an unstoppable shot that flew past De Gea from 25 yards out.
The Reds hit back within three minutes when Lloris caught Welbeck inside the area, referee Mike Dean immediately pointing to the penalty spot. Rooney kept a cool head amid the noise to drive the ball straight in as the Spurs keeper went to his left.
The game became stretched in the latter stages as both sides searched for the decisive blow. Welbeck could not quite turn a fine run to the byline into a meaningful chance, while substitute Andros Townsend was just short of reaching a cross inside De Gea's six yard box.
A neat exchange in the area between Nani and Javier Hernandez late on briefly raised hopes, but a block from Michael Dawson snuffed out the chance for the Mexico striker. Spurs applied pressure at a free kick and corners in stoppage time, however the Reds' defence held firm to extend the unbeaten