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January 16, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 35828‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 0-0 Manchester United

By Wayne Veysey at White Hart Lane

  • Gomes
    111
    30
    3.50

    Gomes

    Dealt capably with everything that came his way. Maybe two important saves, one good and one fabulous, from Rooney.

  • Alan Hutton
    57
    37
    3.00

    Alan Hutton

    Made some good runs forward and delivered the best cross of the match that Crouch was unable to finish. His positioning was occasionally sloppy but fought well.

  • Michael Dawson
    90
    36
    3.50

    Michael Dawson

    Completely dominated in the air and was very safe on the ground on a day when defences dominated attacks. Looks a real leader at the heart of the Spurs back four.

  • William Gallas
    59
    40
    3.50

    William Gallas

    Used all his experience and battle-hardened nous to keep Rooney, Berbatov et al relatively quiet.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    60
    33
    3.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Occasionally a little casual but kept Nani on a tight leash in a commanding display at left-back. His use of possession was also impressive.

  • Aaron Lennon
    46
    54
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Full of pace and verve early on when he saw plenty of the ball. But his crossing lacked direction and he rarely found his intended target.

  • W. Palacios
    40
    76
    3.00

    W. Palacios

    The victim of a blatant two-footed challenge from Rafael in the first half, he put in a solid shift. But his long-range shooting prompted wails of despair from the Spurs fans. Subbed for Defoe late on.

  • Luka Modric
    282
    38
    4.00

    Luka Modric

    The conductor of the Spurs orchestra was the best player on the pitch in the first half as he kept the hosts on the back foot with his outstanding touch and distribution. Quieter after the break but always kept the hosts ticking over.

  • Gareth Bale
    70
    88
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Only took the breath away on a few occasions as United's double-marking plan worked a treat. His crossing was more haphazard than usual but he never stopped trying to conjure an opening.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    56
    147
    2.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    A quiet game from the White Hart Lane favourite. Drifted in and out of the action and his set-piece delivery was very disappointing.

  • Peter Crouch
    36
    88
    2.50

    Peter Crouch

    Hit and miss display from the front man. Inches away from giving Spurs an early lead when he stole in front of Vidic at near post and side-footed a volley wide. Held the ball up reasonably well but was frequently too slow of foot and thought.

Substitutions

  • Jermain Defoe
    34
    56
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked lively when he came on for Palacios but was not presented with the goalscoring opportunity that he thrives on.

  • Edwin van der Sar
    235
    24
    3.50

    Edwin van der Sar

    In his first start of 2011, he handled everything with aplomb. How sorely the Dutchman will be missed when he hangs up his gloves.

  • Rafael Silva
    192
    187
    3.00

    Rafael Silva

    Lucky not to be sent off in the first half for a two-footed lunge on Palacios that was at least as vicious as Steven Gerrard's last weekend. But he got off with a yellow and more than held his own in the fascinating head-to-head with Bale before finally seeing red with the less serious second bookable offence of obstructing Assou-Ekotto. His petulant reaction - including kicking over the pitch-side microphone - will be dimly viewed by the suits.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    285
    44
    4.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    He says he wants to play until he is 40. On this evidence, he has the class but the body looks like it is giving up on him. Took a few knocks and was struggling to stay on his feet by the end but superbly resilient display.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    786
    48
    4.00

    Nemanja Vidic Top of the Match

    The United skipper has held the defence together this season and was magnificent at the start of the first half when Spurs threw the kitchen sink at the visitors. Looked utterly impregnable.

  • Patrice Evra
    132
    41
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Did not venture forward much and struggled to deal with Lennon's turbo-charged pace at times but his powers of recovery and positional intelligence papered over any cracks.

  • Darren Fletcher
    165
    66
    3.50

    Darren Fletcher

    All arms, elbows and tireless energy. Typified United's never-say-die spirit.

  • Nani
    186
    188
    2.50

    Nani Flop of the Match

    Unable to shine as much as his luminous orange boots. Lakced any zip or confidence as his poor run continued. Withdrawn after an hour.

  • Ryan Giggs
    201
    49
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    In his 600th Premier League appearance, the ageless wonder demonstrated much of the qualities he has shown in his previous 599 outings. Great touch, vision and desire and in the second half was often the United player who was furthest forward.

  • Michael Carrick
    116
    58
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Tidy without being especially influential. Went close to opening the scoring with a glancing header and made some important interceptions. Appeared as if he was going to be withdrawn for Scholes before Rafael's red card gave him a stay of execution.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    156
    107
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Ferguson said he had earned the opportunity to play in a big game on the road. But it was one of those days when the Bulgarian's classy casualness looked lazy rather than magnificent. Subbed with 13 minutes to go.

  • Wayne Rooney
    175
    72
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    In his first game since New Year's Day, Rooney looked bright enough without being anywhere near his bulldozing best. After having United's only shots of the first half, he brought the best save of the match from Gomes with a fizzing long-ranger shortly after the break. Looked a little laboured after reverting to right midfield for the last half-hour when Anderson replaced Nani.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    170
    28
    3.00

    Anderson

    Made some strong forward runs in the last half-hour when he was brought on to add another body in central midfield.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    215
    33
    0.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Chased and harried the Spurs defence but did not get any opportunities to grab a winner.

Results
 
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15 0