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Man of the match candidates

Patrice Evra
Paul Scholes
Nani
Wayne Rooney

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29/09/2012 20:59, Report by Christian Brooks

Vote: Top man vs Tottenham

Although Manchester United lost 3-2, there were still some individual performances to admire, particularly in the second half of another dramatic meeting with Tottenham Hotspur.

Patrice Evra showed notable desire after United fell behind and he handled the speedy Aaron Lennon intelligently. He made a number of vital challenges when Spurs broke in the second half and got forward with a header saved late on.

Paul Scholes was instrumental in central midfield - and not only with his exquisite, cross-field passing in the second period. In the first half, for example, he lifted the crowd with a stirring challenge. He almost scored his second goal of the season, only for Brad Friedel to deny him with a decent save.

Nani was unlucky not to have won a penalty in the first half and he improved as the game progressed, finding the skills to beat his man. Showed good awareness to notch his maiden strike of the campaign from Rooney's low cross and made several attempts to add to it in a generally positive display.

Wayne Rooney made an instant impact when coming on for the second half, setting up Nani's goal and geeing up his team-mates with his industry and clever passes. He hit the post with an impressive curling free-kick and while he's still short of peak match fitness, this was another encouraging outing after Wednesday's return against Newcastle.

Cast your vote for United's Man of the Match at manutd.com/polls.

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