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Played
March 4, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 36034‎
 
Wayne Rooney 45′
 
Ashley Young 60′
 
Ashley Young 69′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United

An Ashley Young double helps Sir Alex Ferguson's team move to within two points of leaders Manchester City

By Wayne Veysey at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    36
    67
    2.50

    Brad Friedel

    A bizarre afternoon for the veteran 'keeper. Had little to do but fished the ball out of his net three times. Could perhaps have been more proactive in preventing Young's corner getting to Rooney.

  • Younes Kaboul
    30
    59
    2.50

    Younes Kaboul

    Another off-day for the big Frenchman. Won his share of aerial duels but his decision-making was patchy and should have done more for Young's first goal.

  • Ledley King
    34
    62
    3.00

    Ledley King

    Read the game superbly at times but looked leggy and off the pace at others. Is this finally the beginning of the end for the Spurs skipper?

  • Kyle Walker
    35
    113
    2.00

    Kyle Walker Flop of the Match

    Young exposed the right-back's inexperience by twice eluding his marker to score two excellent goals.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    72
    46
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    The most comfortable of Spurs' defenders. Handled Nani adeptly and nearly added to his cult status with some fine long-range shots.

  • Aaron Lennon
    55
    58
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Made a series of electric bursts early on but did not build upon this promise and faded as the game progressed. Subbed late on.

  • Luka Modric
    63
    61
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    In the absence of the unavailable Bale, the Croatian moved out wide to the left but looked a square peg in a round hole and was unable to influence proceedings like he normally does.

  • Jake Livermore
    88
    48
    3.50

    Jake Livermore

    Refused to be intimidated by the reputations of Carrick, Scholes and Giggs and threw himself energetically into the challenge of standing in for Scott Parker. Made some crucial interceptions and drew a fabulous second-half save out of De Gea with a fizzing shot from the edge of the box.

  • Sandro
    30
    77
    2.50

    Sandro

    Began in authoritative fashion but by the time he was subbed after 79 minutes, looked as demoralised and beaten as anyone in lilywhite.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    91
    72
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    The most impressive Tottenham attacker on display. Led the line well and brilliantly back-heeled a volley into the goal only to see it ruled out for handball.

  • Louis Saha
    25
    78
    2.50

    Louis Saha

    His old-school partnership with Adebayor has had its moments over the last month but this was an examination the former United striker never looked like passing.

Substitutions

  • Niko Kranjcar
    21
    48
    0.00

    Niko Kranjcar

    Cut a disinterested figure for the last 11 minutes on the two flanks.

  • Danny Rose
    16
    47
    0.00

    Danny Rose

    Replaced Lennon late on

  • Jermain Defoe
    77
    39
    0.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Pulled one back for Spurs in the 87th minute with a long-range drive after pouncing on a loose back pass by Giggs.

  • David de Gea
    482
    38
    3.50

    David de Gea

    Enhanced his reputation for wonderfully athletic shot-stopping by making a blinding save from Jake Livermore early in the second half after a fine first-half parry from Adebayor. But his goal kicks were weak and did not totally command his box.

  • Patrice Evra
    217
    53
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Troubled by Lennon's pace in the early minutes but settled down and kept a tight leash on the winger.

  • Phil Jones
    228
    43
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Gutsy, athletic display at right-back but switched off on a few occasions, one of which drew the mother of all ear bashings from Ferdinand.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    322
    35
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Made some excellent inerceptions as he showed that a sharp mind can still compensate for ailing legs.

  • Jonny Evans
    339
    36
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

    Following the horrors of last season, the Irishman's rehabilitation is surely now complete. Once again United's outstanding defender as he negated the threat of Adebayor and Saha by reading the game superbly

  • Ashley Young
    534
    40
    4.00

    Ashley Young Top of the Match

    Got a ticking-off from Scholes early on for failing to read a pass and looked a little lost in the first half on the left wing. But won the match with his contribution either side of the break, setting up Rooney for the United first, volleying in the second and striking brilliantly in the top corner from distance for the third.

  • Michael Carrick
    297
    48
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Anchored the midfield intelligently and with minimum fuss against his former employers.

  • Paul Scholes
    254
    44
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    A solid hour from the United veteran, if not a particularly vibrant one. Nevertheless, his maturity and nous was key to the visitors keeping cool when Spurs were in control.

  • Nani
    195
    113
    2.50

    Nani

    Virtually anonymous on the right flank for the first hour but grew in influence as United dominated and sent over some menacing crosses.

  • Wayne Rooney
    336
    52
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Energy, commitment and a fine headed goal by the United talisman, if not a stand-out performance, as he struggled to be involved for long periods.

  • Danny Welbeck
    233
    67
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Strong and velvet of touch outside of the box but a negligible threat inside it, Welbeck provided an important release ball for United's midfielders.

Substitutions

  • Ji-Sung Park
    195
    37
    0.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    Helped United slow down the game and hold on to their lead for the last 11 minutes after replacing Nani.

  • Ryan Giggs
    209
    71
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Seamlessly took over from Scholes after an hour as he ensured United did not let their grip on midfield weaken although he will be furious with himself for the careless back-pass that set up Defoe for the Spurs goal.

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
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0