Fulltime whistle blows and a cracking game comes to a tame end with United cruising to a 3-1 win playing with TEN MEN for over 30 mins..
Into 4 minutes of added time and Rooney runs clear of the spurs defence again. He cuts inside to shoot again. This time King blocks his shot! Strange decision by Rooney to cut inside. He could have run through on goal but decided to halt his run...
They don't look like doing it though. United are in complete control and Peter Crouch has rolled back his days from Liverpool. He hasn't looked like scoring since his header earlier in the half...
Both Manchester teams will go above Tottenham unless Spurs can pull off a remarkable comeback...
ROONEYY AGAIN!! He is on fire. Making Cudicini produce another wonderful save down to his right! It was creeping inside the near post...
Do Harry's boys only know how to play against eleven men?? Tottenham don't seem to have a clue as to what to do with the man advantage!! United are taking advantage of the wide spaces in the spurs defence.
Substitution Anderson Nani
GREAT GOAL! This has become a game of great goals! Berbatov's absence has somehow energised WAYNE ROONEY. He controls a long-ball and then CUTS INSIDE THROUGH Hutton and Assou-Ekotto, takes them both out of the picture and slides in through Cudicini's legs! ABSOLUTE MAGIC from the Englishman!
Goal Wayne Rooney
Vidic vs Crouch again...The Serbian fouls Crouch again and ironic cheers from the Spurs' fan who think they were hard done by when Crouch was penalised in the box for a challenge on Vidic earlier!
Jenas brings down Giggs on the left when Giggs could have gone on a dangerous attack. JENAS goes into the referee's BOOK.
Yellow Card Jermaine Jenas
Substitution Robbie Keane Niko Kranjcar
Patrice Evra goes CLOSE! The left-back cuts through the Tottenham defence and shoots into the side-netting. United's ten look more threatening that Spurs' eleven!
Substitution Vedran Corluka Alan Hutton
WONDERFUL SAVE!! Brilliant counter-attack by Rooney. He runs 3/4ths of the pitch down the left, cuts inside Ledley King and SHOOTS NEAR POST!! It looked a goal all the way till CARLO CUDICINI got down to his right to pull of a great save!!
It's all Tottenham now and that is what is expected. They make an attempt to make their man advantage count by moving the ball around the field...
Ex-Spurs for Ex-Spurs. Extended Booos ring around White Hart Lane for the departure of Dimitar Berbatov and the arrival of Michael Carrick! Rooney alone upfront now..
Substitution Dimitar Berbatov Michael Carrick
PAUL SCHOLES is SENT-OFF following a horrible challenge on Huddlestone! Both went to ground but Scholes was late again and his momentum carried him into Huddlestone. Not much malice, just poor timing. United are down to TEN MEN!
Yellow/Red Paul Scholes
HEADER ONTO THE BAR! Peter Crouch heads onto the bar from the corner!! Nobody could get near him! The big man is getting closer to scoring...
GREAT SAVE! FOSTER denies Jenas with a brilliant save! JERMAINE JENAS wins the ball in midfield and produces a brilliant shot which seems to be curling into the top-corner till Foster's amazing intervention. All Jenas' work! Corner-kick to Spurs...
Yellow Card Ledley King
Yellow Card Paul Scholes
YELLOW CARD! Oh dear, if Boycott was a football commentator, he would say "My mother could tackle better than Scholes". Unfortunately, Scholes doesn't do much to prove that wrong. A horrible studs up slide on Defoe earns him a place in referees book!
GREAT DEFENDING! Assou-Ekotto does brilliantly down the left and rolls it back to Jenas but the ball rolls to Robbie Keane 6 yards out whose shot DEFLECTS OVER! Great TACKLE from VIDIC to keep United in the lead! Corner-kick cleared by guess who? Yes, VIDIC again!!
Substitution W. Palacios Jermaine Jenas
The 2nd half gets underway at Tottenham...
Half-time whistle blows at White Hart Lane.
A brilliant advert for the Premier League at White Hart Lane! Fergie's boys go into the dressing rooms delighted having recovered from a disastrous start! United have looked the better side overall in the first-half. Harry Redknapp must be wondering whether the Tottenham goal came too early for his side's own good??
YELLOW CARD!! AWFUL TACKLE!! Vidic slides in very late and flattens Peter Crouch! Rightly booked!
Yellow Card Nemanja Vidic
Tottenham have paid dearly for not capitalising on their lead. We were expecting a champions response from United and we have got one.....in emphatic style!
GOOAAL!! BRILLIANT FINISH! ANDERSON thumps United into the lead after Scholes' shot rebounded from inside the penalty-box out to Anderson on the edge of the penalty-area! Cudicini has NO CHANCE!
Rooney slips a ball through to Giggs on goal but he is sandwiched out by Bassong and King. Good defending!
Fletcher goes berserk when a free-kick is awarded against him! Replays show it was a good decision by the referee. The ref calms him down. Tottenham avoid potential danger!
Jermaine Defoe tries to CURL IN A SHOT into the Right-top corner, but Foster is well positioned. END-TO-END STUFF at The Lane!!
CROUUUCH! Just wide! From a corner-kick, Crouch makes space at the near post and heads JUST WIDE! Tottenham should have had a free-kick in a dangerous position instead of a corner. Lennon was CLEARLY FOULED by Vidic. Not sure how corner was an advantage to a free-kick in front of the goal JUST outside the box??
GREAT DEFENDING AND GREAT SAVE!! Evra rolls in Rooney one-on-one with Cudicini. He takes a touch and Cudicini BRILLIANTLY CLOSES HIM DOWN! But The ball breaks to Berbatov whose shot is CLEARED OFF-THE-LINE by BASSONG!!! It falls again to Berbatov who shoots over the bar when he really should have scored.....
GREAT SAVE!! to deny ex-Tottenham player Dimitar Berbatov from scoring with a ferocious left-foot effort from the right!! Corner for United which is hooked in towards the goal by Rooney but straight to Cudicini!!
WHAT A GOAL!! Palacios' tackle has cost Tottenham dear. Ryan Giggs does what Ryan Giggs does best! Curls in a beautiful left-footed free kick into Cudicini's left top corner! BRILLIANT BRILLIANT free-kick from the old war-horse and UNITED ARE LEVEL! 1-1 !!
Goal Ryan Giggs
YELLOW CARD! For Palacios. And it was coming. He tackles Berbatov from behind and goes into the referee's book. Dangerous free-kick for United....
Yellow Card W. Palacios
SO CLOSE!! Brilliant from Palacios to win the ball high up the pitch. He slides in Crouch on the right whose shot-cum cross is INCHES AWAY from being converted by Defoe!! He looked offside though the flag did NOT go up! Controversy avoided!!
HEATED MOMENT between Evra and Corluka forces the referee to have a word with both of them. It's been a HIGH-TEMPO affair and the challenges are flying in!!
Ryan Giggs floats in a free-kick into the box for Berbatov to flick it on towards the goal!! But CUDICINI pulls off a DECENT SAVE!
SILLY from Palacios! Needless late tackle on Berbatov hands United a free-kick. If the tackle had come 5 mins later, he would have gone in the book but he escapes with a word from the referee for now...
BRILLIANT!! from Peter Crouch. They just can't handle him! He again chests a long-ball, flicks it over Vidic's head and shoots on goal but straight to Foster! QUALITY play from the Tall Man upfront!
Cracking start to the game. Tottenham have sat back slightly since their dream start. But Tottenham's front players aren't letting the United defence settle on the ball! Great Pressure from Harry's boys!
Peter Crouch with a wonderful control on his chest and a SHOT OVER THE BAR!! Wonder what they are thinking at Anfield? Crouch has looked unbelievably threatening every time he has played for Spurs!
GOOD SAVE! Darren Fletcher is in for United! But a good save by Cudicini!!! Corner to United. Giggs corner did not beat Peter Crouch at the near post. Crouch heads away to safety.
Paul Scholes shoots well wide of Cudicini's right hand post. Harmless.
WHAT A START! A goal in 50 seconds for Tottenham!!! Assou-Ekkotu sends in a cross for Crouch at the far-post who puts Vidic under pressure and he heads back for JERMAINE DEFOE to smash the ball into the net with an overhead kick!!! BRILLIANT FINISH! Foster had no chance!
Goal Jermain Defoe
It's an exciting line-up put out by Harry Redknapp whereas Ferguson is a bit cautious in an attempt to stifle Tottenham at home. TOTTENHAM LINE-UP : Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios, Defoe, Crouch, Keane. MANCHESTER UNITED LINE-UP : Foster, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Anderson, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney.
It's time to put to test the title-winning credentials of a high-flying Tottenham and what better to spur on their title ambition than the scalp of Champions Manchester United. Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE COVERAGE of TOTTENHAM vs MANCHESTER UNITED being played at White Hart Lane.
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