Robin van Persie’s first-half goal was all that separated the teams with 90 minutes on the clock, but Clint Dempsey’s injury-time equaliser did to United what United have done to many opponents down the years.
Ferdinand had epitomised the Reds' resolute defending in the second half, with bodies thrown in front of shots and last-ditch tackles applied as Tottenham threw everything at the visitors. Yet while the initial reaction to such a late concession was one of acute frustration, on reflection Rio is sanguine about a hard-earned point.
“The way the game panned out was disappointing,” he told MUTV. “We defended for our lives as a team and got a really good goal through Robin, so it's disappointing in that sense. But we've done that [scored late] to so many other teams in the past that sometimes you just have to take that on the chin.
- Rio Ferdinand