Barclays Premier League
12/09/2009, White Hart Lane
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Giggs 25, Anderson 41, Rooney 78)
Spurs: Cudicini; Corluka (Hutton 69), Bassong, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Palacios (Jenas 46), Huddlestone; Keane (Kranjcar 72), Crouch, Defoe. Subs not used: Gomes, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Naughton.
United: Foster; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Scholes, Anderson (Nani 81), Giggs; Berbatov (Carrick 62), Rooney. Subs not used: Kuszczak, Fabio, Evans, Valencia, Owen.
Unbeaten at home in 2009, Spurs had fancied their chances of beating the Reds for the first time since 2001 and looked good value to do so when Jermaine Defoe executed a stunning overhead kick in the opening minutes.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men kept cool heads however and soon levelled on 25 minutes, when Ryan Giggs - on his 700th start - took advantage of a well-rehearsed Wayne Rooney dummy to curl home from range. The Reds went ahead when Paul Scholes' mis-hit shot fell to Anderson and the Brazilian lashed home his first-ever goal for United.
If holding onto the winning scoreline should have become harder when Scholesy was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner for a second bookable offence, the Reds did not read the script. Instead of conceding the next goal, United scored it as Rooney capped a superb counter-attacking move to secure the victory.