Shinji Kagawa on the ball against Tottenham

Tottenham   1

Dempsey (93)

Man United   1

van Persie (25)

Sunday 20 January White Hart Lane | Attendance: 35,956

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Tottenham
25Lloris
28Walker
20Dawsonyellow card
33Caulker
16Naughtonsub32
7Lennon
19Dembele
8Parkersub6
11Bale
2Dempseygoal
18Defoe
Subs:
24Friedel
5Vertonghen
6Huddlestonesub8
22Sigurdsson
29Livermore
29Townsend
32Assou-Ekottosub16
Man United
1De Gea
2Rafaelyellow card
5Ferdinand
15Vidic
3Evrayellow card
4Jones
16Carrickyellow card
23Cleverleysub7
26Kagawasub10
19Welbeck
20van Persiegoal
Subs:
13Lindegaard
7Valenciasub23
8Anderson
10Rooneysub26yellow card
11Giggs
12Smalling
14Hernandez

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20/01/2013 15:57, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Tottenham 1 United 1

midweek FA Cup replay win over West Ham.

Neither side took complete control early on as possession see-sawed and clear openings in front of goal were few; a glancing header from van Persie after ten minutes failed to trouble Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris and at the other end the lively Aaron Lennon forced a parried save from David De Gea, who smothered a rebound effort from Defoe but he was offside.

It was the home side, for whom Lennon was a constant threat, who looked like finding a foothold in the game just as United scored on 25 minutes. Welbeck neatly worked the ball out to Cleverley on the right and, with a delivery reminiscent of his idol David Beckham, the Reds midfielder crossed perfectly for van Persie to head home from a tight angle at the far post - the Dutchman’s 22nd goal of a remarkable debut season with United.

The goal galvanised the visitors for a strong finish to the half, but Tottenham too appeared incentivised and gave a reminder of the danger they pose five minutes before half time when De Gea had to improvise to save with his legs from Gareth Bale’s right-foot shot on the edge of the area. Andre Villas-Boas’ side then piled on the pressure in the second half; just 30 seconds after the restart Defoe engineered space for a shot but fired wide, then Bale curled a shot just over the bar, before Dempsey forced a world-class close-range save, again with his feet, from De Gea.

Tottenham looked lively and dangerous on the break while United’s use of the ball was not as sharp as it could have been. So it was a timely change to call on Wayne Rooney in place of Kagawa after an hour, and the Reds striker had been on the pitch seconds when he had a strong claim for a penalty turned down after tangling with Spurs defender Steven Caulker in the area. The substitution added a little more purpose to United’s play and

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