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Premier League

  • August 22, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 75498

Live Commentary

  • That'll do it! A superb second half performance by the Red Devils earns all three points. They've now started their title defense with two wins from two matches.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Jermain Defoe
  • 90' + 2'
    Defoe gets a late yellow for kicking De Gea after the goalkeeper spills a long-range shot. The Spaniard is not happy with Defoe
  • 90'
    Three minutes of stoppage time here
  • 87'
    GOAL!!!!! ROONEY SCORES!!! Giggs dribbles into the box and lobs the ball into the forward's head and he smashes the ball in.
  • 86'
    Assist Ryan Giggs
  • 86'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 85'
    This is the 16th consecutive home win for United barring some unforeseen crazy circumstance.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionAshley Young Ji-Sung Park
  • 82'
    Rooney with a terrible miss! Nani played him in at the far post, but he puts it over the bar. You don't expect to see that from him too often.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionTom Cleverley Ryan Giggs
  • 81'
    SubstitutionDanny Welbeck Javier Hernández
  • 81'
    A triple substitution for Manchester United. Huge applause for Welbeck who departs first for Hernandez. Cleverley and Young also go off with Giggs and Park the men to replace them.
  • 80'
    Despite not making any subs, United is still gunning for more goals. Talk about hunger.
  • 79'
    DEFOE HITS THE BAR FOR SPURS! What a chance for the visitors! De Gea fails to claim a deep cross under pressure from Bale, the ball comes to the striker instead and he thunders a shot against the woodwork!
  • 76'
    Assist Danny Welbeck
  • 76'
    Goal Anderson
  • 76'
    Anderson seals the game!!!! GOAL!!!!!! Welbeck backheels a pass to a charging Anderson in the penalty box and the Brazilian scores and then sambas!!!!
  • 74'
    SubstitutionJake Livermore Tom Huddlestone
  • 74'
    SubstitutionNiko Kranjcar Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 74'
    Redknapp makes two changes bringing in Pavlyuchenko for Krancjar and Huddlestone for Livermore.
  • 70'
    United win a couple of corners and from the second, Friedel is forced into a save after a half-volley from Evans, of all people. The hosts, full of confidence at the moment after that goal.
  • 67' UK's correspondent Greg Stobart at Old Trafford says: "United deserved that goal for the way it has played since halftime and their 75,000 fans are enjoying the moment, waving their new scarves over their heads. It was a goal made in the United academy – a wonderful cross from Tom Cleverley and an accurate glancing header into the net by Welbeck. Spurs switched off for a moment defensively and were duly punished."
  • 64'
    Spurs have to feel hard done. They have narrowly beaten United on possession with 52 percent of the ball and have had the same amount of shots on target at six.
  • 63'
    According to Opta Sports, four of Welbeck's past five goals have been off headers.
  • 62'
    As I said before if you don't put away United early, you always pay for it later on.
  • 61'
    Assist Tom Cleverley
  • 61'
    Goal Danny Welbeck
  • 61'
    GOAL!!!!!!! Welbeck emphaticallyheads in a goal from a beautiful pass from Cleverly. That should enhance both players chances of getting in Fabio Capello's favor for the England squad.
  • 59'
    Van Der Vaart takes an questionable overly optimistic shot from over 40 yards away. Harry Redknapp puts his head down.
  • 57'
    Another chance for Young...He tried to pounce on a rebound but the ball goes sailing into the stands as his foot gets too under the ball.
  • 54'
    Back come the champions. Anderson plays a one-two with Rooney but his shot is blocked by Friedel. The ball rebounds straight back to United and Rooney hits his shot into the turf which makes it easy for the American to save again.
  • 51'
    Spurs have played well enough to win but against United thats not good enough. They should have scored already and once United gets a chance it will finish.
  • 49'
    POOR DECISION BY LENNON!!!! He charges up the field and clearly has Van Der Vaart in front of goal mouth with one defender in front of him but can't make the right cross, with the pass finding a United defender's foot.
  • 48'
    Walker was subbed out because he was feeling ill.
  • 47'
    ANOTHER GREAT SAVE FROM FRIEDEL!!!! Young had a straight shot towards goal and blasted it but the keeper caught the ball in his chest.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionKyle Walker Vedran Corluka
  • 45'
    Second half kicks off!!! Spurs have the ball.
  • 45'
    Only one major change Corluka comes in for Walker.
  • Second half coming on shortly.
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  • 45' + 1'
    First half is over and both sides can walk into the locker room with heads up high as the match has been pretty even. Can Spurs breaking their lengthy winless streak against United?
  • 44'
    Another save from De Gea! Spurs definitely having more chances in this first half. The shot comes from Van der Vaart on the turn on the edge of the box. It's hit powerfully but the Spaniard gets down well and claims confidently.
  • 42'
    Great ball from Krancjar sends Defoe flying upfield. He only has Evans to beat, before he's in on goal, but the defender just nicks the ball away in time.
  • 41'
    A hard challenge from Dawson sees Young exit the field on his own with a physio. Dawson gets a yellow card.
  • 39'
    Yellow Card Michael Dawson
  • 37'
    Yellow Card Jonny Evans
  • 36'
    Krancjar has had a great game so far looking very composed in passing.
  • 34'
    More composed kicking from De Gea under pressure once again. He's looked confident so far tonight. Of course this is a fixture that goalkeepers haven't enjoyed in recent seasons, just ask Roy Carroll or Heurelho Gomes....
  • 32'
    Bale hurls a long throw into the box. Jones heads clear but only as far as Kranjcar on the edge of the box who thumps a shot straight at De Gea.
  • 31'
    Without Modric on the field, Spurs have still looked deadly on offense. The game is still favoring United but I could see Spurs sneaking a goal in the first half.
  • 28'
    Closer from United. Rooney dinks in a cheeky ball into Young in the box which takes Assou-Ekotto out of the game. Young tries to aim his header back across Friedel and into the top corner but can't get it on target.
  • 25'
    United win a corner but it's poor, however they keep possession. Jones has a shot, it's blocked by Welbeck of all people but his turn and shot is also blocked.
  • 23'
    And now the action zooms straight back up the other end. From a throw on the right Nani sends in a teasing cross in between the two Spurs center-backs but Rooney can't quite get on the end of it.
  • 22'
    Back come Spurs, Lennon zips down the right. His cross isn't the best but Tottenham maintain the attack. The ball comes to Bale and he shoots low, but a diving De Gea is down comfortably to claim.
  • 20'
    Nani gets deep in Spurs final third but he is too far way from goal to make a shot or a solid cross, he tries to pass it in to no avail.
  • 16'
    A surging run from Bale is ended by a fine tackle by Jones who just manages to get his toe on the ball to nick it away from the Welshman. Bale ends up in a heap but he should be OK to continue.
  • 15'
    Almost a quarter of an hour gone at Old Trafford and it's fairly frantic stuff so far. Spurs, slowly improving, send a corner onto the roof of De Gea's net. They did say prior to the game that they would test the young goalkeeper.
  • 13'
    Almost another gaffe by De Gea!!!! Van Der Vaart charged up field to challenge the Spanish keeper who was trying to pass the ball to one of the Red Devils defenders. He can't get a break so far.
  • 11'
    After seeing Spurs continue to regain possession, United is operating defensively. The club is waiting for the right moment to counter attack.
  • 8'
    GREAT SAVE BY FRIEDEL!!! Tom Cleverly took a shot from just outside the box that was heading into the right side of goal but the keeper stopped the ball with his fingertips.
  • 7'
    Now, Spurs are starting to build on momentum but Man U quickly intercepts and pushes ball up the field.
  • 6'
    Tottenham has mainly been on its backheel to start the game
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  • 4'
    No Crouch or Modric, could both be on the way out?
  • 2'
    The Red Devils are aggressive early and Rooney almost puts one in as he heads the ball towards Friedel.
  • Kick off time!!!! Man U has possession.
  • For Mexico fans, Chicharito is on the bench as mentioned before.
  • For U.S. National Team fans, its a good sign that former 'keeper Friedel is getting a start for Tottenham. He's still got it at almost 41 years old.
  • Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Livermore, Kranjcar, Bale;Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Gomes, Huddlestone, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Corluka, Townsend.
  • Manchester Utd: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva.
  • Here are the starting lineups
  • Hi everyone, Alex Labidou here providing live commentary from today's Man United vs. Tottenham matchup.