PL Collection: United's best wins over Spurs

Tuesday 14 June 2022 10:00

The 2022/23 Premier League fixtures will be released in a couple of days, with two games against Tottenham sure to be dates to look forward to.

There have been some titanic clashes with the north Londoners since the inception of the rebranded top flight in 1992 and our Premier League Collection, available to view in full on the Manchester United App and, affords fans the chance to watch extended highlights of every single match.

Picking just four of our 60 meetings with Spurs proved difficult, and we did the double over them last term despite our disappointing campaign, but we are delving deeper into the archive for our selection.

There really was only one place we could start: White Hart Lane in late September, 2001.

Tottenham Hotspur 3 United 5 Video

Tottenham Hotspur 3 United 5

29 September 2001: A game that featured one of the greatest comebacks in United's history...

SPURS 3 UNITED 5 (2001/02)

The Reds endured a nightmare first half that pointed towards suffering a humiliating defeat on a Saturday afternoon in the capital. Dean Richards and Les Ferdinand, often United's nemesis, handed the hosts a two-goal lead and Christian Ziege's third, on the stroke of half-time, with the German applying a diving header to a Gustavo Poyet cross, had White Hart Lane rocking. Sir Alex produced a stirring team talk, introduced Mikael Silvestre and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as substitutes, and urged his side to change the game. Within a minute of the restart, Andy Cole headed in a David Beckham centre and the mood changed. Laurent Blanc nodded in a Beckham corner for his first goal for the club and Ruud van Nistelrooy hauled United level at 3-3. There was only going to be one winner as the Reds completed one of the most memorable comebacks in Premier League history in style. Juan Sebastian Veron capped a lovely move with a drilled fourth and the magnificent Beckham added the clincher, with a fierce drive past Neil Sullivan.

UNITED 5 SPURS 2 (2008/09)

Once again, Sir Alex's men trailed at the interval – 2-0 on this occasion – thanks to goals from Darren Bent and Luka Modric. With Liverpool applying real pressure at the top of the Premier League, the onus was on United to respond at Old Trafford. In the 57th minute, we were handed a lifeline when Heurelho Gomes was adjudged to have fouled Michael Carrick. The boss described the decision as a "bit fortunate" and referee Howard Webb was never allowed to forget it, but the manner in which Tottenham truly crumbled should never have been pinpointed to this single key moment. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot and two goals inside a minute later rocked the visitors. Rooney smashed in the equaliser and, seconds later, crossed for Ronaldo to nod home and whip his shirt off in frenzied celebration. The Reds were rampant and Rooney volleyed in his second, with Ronaldo providing the assist, before former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov wrapped things up by netting at the second attempt, after Gomes kept out his initial effort.

United 5 Tottenham 2 Video

United 5 Tottenham 2

25 April 2009: United produced a thrilling comeback from 2-0 down, with goals from Ronaldo, Rooney and Berbatov...

UNITED 4 SPURS 1 (1992/93)

Our first home meeting with Tottenham in the Premier League was dominated by a certain Eric Cantona, who helped the Reds record a stunning 4-1 triumph. The Frenchman was at his majestic best, calling the tune against the Londoners, and opening the scoring after only Erik Thorstvedt's heroics had kept the hungry hosts at bay. Lee Sharpe's backheel fed Denis Irwin and his far-post cross was met by Cantona's looping header. In the second half, Cantona continued to sparkle and his assist, a wedge of a pass, for Irwin must rank as one of the best in the competition's history. Brian McClair rapidly added number three, rifling past Thorstvedt, and the Scot played the wall pass to Paul Parker as the England international's maiden strike for the club ensured both full-backs got on the scoresheet. Nick Barmby headed a late consolation but Spurs had been steamrollered by a team in its pomp.

United 4 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Video

United 4 Tottenham Hotspur 1

9 January 1993: United eased into the New Year in impressive style against Spurs, thanks to goals from both full-backs.

UNITED 2 SPURS 1 (1998/99)

We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to matches with Spurs. There was a vital 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane in 2003 which took us to the brink of another title, but this contest secured the first leg of the Treble in a must-win final-day showdown and shredded the nerves of every United supporter. Things got off to a bad start with a bizarre goal by Ferdinand (him again) looping a shot high over Peter Schmeichel that dropped into the net. The assault on three fronts was in danger of ending at the first hurdle before Beckham's vicious drive flew past Ian Walker to level matters before the break. Andy Cole replaced Teddy Sheringham at half-time and made the desired impact, lobbing in Gary Neville's through ball to edge the Reds in front. The tension mounted as no killer third was scored but United held out to win a title on home turf for the first time since Sir Matt Busby's era. And even more glory was to come at Wembley and the Nou Camp. 

United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Video

United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16 May 1999: The Premier League title was on the line during a dramatic final-day clash at Old Trafford...


Games played: 60
United wins: 38
Draws: 12
Spurs wins: 10
United goals: 104
Spurs goals: 59
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney (10).