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January 20, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 35956‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United

Robin van Persie looked to have given the visitors the win after a first-half header, but Clint Dempsey grabbed a point for Andre Villas-Boas' side in the dying seconds

By Ryan Benson

  • Hugo Lloris
    96
    37
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Seems to have won the war for a first-team place with Brad Friedel, and he generally did what he had to here. The France goalkeeper did not have many shots to save in truth, and Van Persie’s header left him with little chance.

  • Kyle Naughton
    49
    48
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    Has played a considerable amount of football for Spurs this season following a loan period at Norwich and he had a fairly comfortable match. United’s lack of wingers and Rafael’s battle with Bale saw little threat come down Naughton’s side. He was taken off for Assou-Ekotto with about 20 minutes to go.

  • Michael Dawson
    77
    32
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    United sat back for long periods of the match, meaning Dawson mostly had to deal with long balls from the defence and De Gea, which he unsurprisingly dealt with easily. The movement of Welbeck caused problems all evening, and Van Persie’s clever silky flicks saw him taken out of the game for a couple of seconds.

  • Kyle Walker
    55
    44
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Usually very forward-thinking, but even with United not fielding wingers Walker did not seem so enthusiastic about attacking. Given Evra’s difficulty with Lennon alone, the two Spurs men could have had a field day against the France left-back. Defensively his pace bailed him out on occasion, but he completely lost Van Persie for the striker’s first-half goal.

  • Steven Caulker
    63
    33
    2.50

    Steven Caulker

    Won a decent number of headers at the back and did a good job on Van Persie for much of the match, but he was very lucky not to concede a penalty to Rooney near the hour mark.

  • Aaron Lennon
    193
    24
    4.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Ran rings around Evra at times, gliding past him like he wasn’t there in the first half, and lured the Frenchman into getting a yellow card too. Always looks a threat against United and today was no different as he grabbed a late assist.

  • Scott Parker
    59
    38
    2.50

    Scott Parker

    Spurs’ preparation for this fixture took a big blow when Sandro was ruled out for the rest of the season, but that allowed Parker to make his first Premier League start of the campaign. He started well enough, but as the match went on he did not do enough to prevent Kagawa from producing those first-time flicks he tries so often.

  • Gareth Bale
    80
    62
    2.50

    Gareth Bale

    Many had billed Bale as the key man for Spurs in this encounter and given his form this season one would have expected more than he produced. His passing was good, but he had a serious struggle in getting past Rafael. He had more luck against Jones after half-time, yet he will still be a little disappointed.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    138
    23
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Kept Spurs’ moves ticking with accurate passing and often proved useful at halting United attacks before they really got going, but he was still a little disappointing, mostly from an offensive perspective. Rarely did the Belgian burst through from midfield and help find a way through the Red Devils’ defence, and his creativity could have had an important effect.

  • Clint Dempsey
    116
    34
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    The American often had both Carrick and Jones to contend with and more often than not Spurs looked towards the wings when attacking, meaning Dempsey was bypassed a lot. When he did get into the attacking third, too often he wasted possession and he really should have equalised early on in the second half. After wasting earlier chances, he eventually levelled the scores in injury time.

  • Jermain Defoe
    47
    66
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked lively early on and forced De Gea into a near-post save with a quick snapshot, but for large periods of the match he was rather quiet as Ferdinand and Vidic marshalled the United half in commanding style. Continued to have chances, but ultimately lost his duel with the Spanish goalkeeper.

Substitutions

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    65
    36
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Came on for the final 20 minutes, but did not have much to do as United generally sat back.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    50
    41
    2.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Saw the last 10 minutes and had plenty of the ball, but he was unable to inspire a turnaround.

  • David de Gea
    271
    59
    3.50

    David de Gea

    Certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers and he put in a very good display, making a number of stops from Defoe, and two exceptional ones with his legs from Bale and Dempsey. Looked unconvincing from high crosses or corners at times and he may have been disapppointed not to punch more convincingly in the build-up to Dempsey's equaliser.

  • Rafael
    189
    45
    3.50

    Rafael

    Defended well in what looked set to be a key duel with Bale. The Wales international was kept quiet by Rafael in the first half, and even though he threatened a little more after half-time, the Brazilian still put in a good shift.

  • Patrice Evra
    100
    162
    1.50

    Patrice Evra Flop of the Match

    If there is one fixture in which you can guarantee Evra will struggle, it is against Spurs, or more specifically Lennon. From very early on it was clear Lennon would be Spurs’ out ball and the England international certainly gave his French counterpart plenty to think about, with his positioning less than impressive several times.

  • Phil Jones
    187
    55
    3.50

    Phil Jones

    Deployed in midfield as United hoped to nullify the threat posed by Dempsey and Dembele, which he did fairly well. The England international consistently made excellent challenges in midfield and helped Rafael out with Bale. His passing was sometimes poor and he was booked, but generally he was very good.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    204
    42
    4.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Had his hands full with Defoe, but he was absolutely essential at the back for United. One tackle to deny the striker an almost-certain goal was his highlight, but he made block after block and looked impenetrable.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    163
    57
    2.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    His central partner generally dealt with Defoe leaving Vidic to mop up. The Serbian had a fairly unspectacular afternoon, but he did well to keep Dempsey under wraps until the final few minutes when the forward peeled off and tucked in the equaliser.

  • Michael Carrick
    251
    61
    4.00

    Michael Carrick Top of the Match

    The subject of recent praise from Sir Alex Ferguson, who labelled this season as Carrick’s best at United, and his influence on the team was just as noticeable at White Hart Lane. Everything United did seemed to go through the ex-Tottenham man, and he was particularly effective at helping sweep up alongside Phil Jones.

  • Tom Cleverley
    147
    72
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    He seems to have established himself as first choice alongside Carrick this season, and in recent weeks he has done a lot to prove he deserves his place. Against Spurs, generally he kept his passing short and simple, but when needed the England midfielder was more than willing to look up and pick out a pass from range, as exhibited for Van Persie’s opener when he crossed with precision. He faded after the break and came off, but he seems to be improving all the time.

  • Danny Welbeck
    175
    89
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    His distribution left a lot to be desired at times, misplacing passes in middle and final thirds, but his overall play was very encouraging. His pace and energy were constant problems for the Spurs defence, while his movement saw him evading markers throughout as he popped up all over the place in attack.

  • Robin van Persie
    222
    62
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    After a fairly quiet 25 minutes, the Dutch striker came alive precisely when it mattered as he peeled away from his marker and headed Cleverley’s cross past Lloris. For most of the match he remained on the periphery of proceedings, but always gave his team-mates an option in attack.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    225
    90
    3.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    The Japan international has struggled to stamp his authority on the Premier League since signing from Borussia Dortmund, as he has consistently been asked to do a job significantly deeper than he used to. However, with no wingers on the field for United, Kagawa was given greater license to roam further forward and certainly appeared more comfortable as he helped link the midfield with the attack.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Valencia
    81
    151
    1.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Replaced Cleverley in the second half, but continued his run of poor form by having virutally no effect for United. Looks a shadow of the player he was last season.

  • Wayne Rooney
    121
    119
    2.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Came on for the tiring Kagawa in the second half and looked sharp initially, but his influence soon wavered as Spurs pressed for the equaliser.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0