Barclays Premiership
04.02.07, White Hart Lane


(Ronaldo pen 44; Vidic 48; Scholes 52; Giggs 77)

Spurs: Robinson; Chimbonda, Dawson, Gardner, Young-Pyo Lee; Lennon, Huddlestone, Zokora (Keane, 56), Malbranque; Defoe (Ghaly, 56), Berbatov. Subs not used: Rocha, Cerny, Murphy.

United: van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo (Park, 68), Carrick, Scholes, Giggs (O'Shea, 80),  Rooney (Saha, 64), Larsson. Subs not used: Heinze, Kuszczak.

01/03/2012 12:51, Report by A Bostock & S Bibby

Video: Spurs 2007

United's biggest ever win at White Hart Lane was achieved with the aid of an unfamiliar goalkeeper on 4 February 2007.

The Reds were 4-0 ahead when Edwin van der Sar was forced to leave the field after a nasty collision with Tottenham striker Robbie Keane left him with a broken nose. Given he'd already made three substitutions, Sir Alex had to deploy an outfield player between the posts - John O'Shea stepped up to the plate, pulled on the gloves and thwarted his international team-mate Keane with a tackle outside the box.

Such was United's dominance, O'Shea's only other action as emergency goalkeeper was to punch away a corner. Setpieces shortly before and after half-time had earlier put the visitors in control of the contest, with Cristiano Ronaldo converting a penalty and then Nemanja Vidic powering home a header from Michael Carrick's corner.

Carrick was man of the match on his first return to Tottenham with new club United, although it was his midfield foils Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs who sealed the points with the third and fourth goals from open play.

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