United came from behind twice to secure a point in a fluctuating encounter with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Wayne Rooney grabbed both goals, the first after Kyle Walker had opened the scoring with a free kick on 18 minutes, the second cancelling out Sandro’s long-range strike.
The result changed little in terms of United jostling with a clutch of other sides in the Barclays Premier League table. However this week’s home dates with Everton and Newcastle, two of the aforementioned sides, give David Moyes’ men a chance to build on this platform.
Danny Welbeck made his first start for United since the draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on 2 October, but following his excellent contribution in midweek, Ryan Giggs was rested completely two days after his 40th birthday and was not in the matchday squad.
United had the better of the opening phase of the match without threatening Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but it was the home side who went ahead on 18 minutes.
Paulinho won a free kick on the edge of the area under challenge from Jonny Evans, and as the four-man defensive wall jumped in expectation that Walker would try to bend the ball over it, the right-back smashed his effort underneath and past David De Gea’s right hand into the net.
The goal lifted the home support, understandably edgy earlier on in the wake of their side’s humiliation at Manchester City a week ago, but Roberto Soldado wasted a good chance 10 minutes after the goal, the striker failing to hit the target after Paulinho had set him up.