Manchester United winger Nani takes on the Tottenham Hotspur defence at Old Trafford

Man United   2

Nani (51), Kagawa (54)

Tottenham   3

Vertonghen (2), Bale (32), Dempsey (52)

Saturday 29 September Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,566

Home

Away

Man United
13Lindegaard
2Rafael
6Evans
5Ferdinandsub14
3Evra
17Nanigoal
16Carrick
22Scholes
11Giggssub10
26Kagawagoalsub19
20van Persie
Subs:
1De Gea
31Wootton
19Welbecksub26
8Anderson
23Cleverley
14Hernandezsub5
10Rooneysub11
Tottenham
24Friedel
28Walker
13Gallas
33Caulker
5Vertonghengoal
30Sandro
19Dembelesub6
2Dempseygoalsub22
7Lennon
18Defoesub20
11Balegoal
Subs:
25Lloris
6Huddlestonesub19
20Dawsonsub18
22Sigurdssonsub2
27Falque
29Townsend
38Mason

Report

29/09/2012 19:15, Report by Nick Coppack
1 of 4 Next 

United 2 Tottenham 3

What is it about this fixture that serves up so much excitement? Eleven years to the day after United came from 3-0 behind to win 5-3 at White Hart Lane, Sir Alex's men were at it again.

This time, the comeback never reached its completion. In fact, barring the first two  minutes of the game, the Reds were never even on level terms. But 180 seconds at the beginning of the second half – three minutes of madness that produced three goals – was worth the price of admission alone and epitomised the drama that has long characterised clashes between these sides.

Tottenham, of course, have always played their part in the excitement and on Saturday afternoon Andre Villas Boas' side, a team laden with pace and purpose, were rewarded with a victory that finally ended a 26-game winless streak at Old Trafford.

It's a run that stretched back to 1989, a time when Alex Ferguson had yet to win a trophy with United and before both of this game's right backs – Rafael da Silva and Kyle Walker – were even born.

The wheels of Tottenham's historic victory were set in motion after just two minutes, when the vicitors took the lead before Reds goalkeeper Anders Linegaard had touched the ball. The Dane was understandably furious, as Spurs left-back Jan Vertonghen was allowed to waltz into the penalty area almost unchallenged before stroking an effort goalwards that deflected off Evans and into the net.

It was the worst possible start for Sir Alex's men, and the fifth time in six league games this season the Reds have conceded first.

1 of 4 Next 

OFFICIAL SPONSORS