Match Report: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United
By Lee Savery
Manchester United were denied all three points at White Hart Lane as Clint Dempsey’s stoppage time equalises cancelled out yet another goal for Robin van Persie.
A well worked United move finished with Tom Cleverley’s cross from the right side of the penalty box found the Dutchman at the far post for his 22nd goal of the season. His header flying past Hugo Lloris on 25 minutes.
Spurs’ equaliser came in the 93rd minute as their long ball in the box was headed down by Steven Caulker to Aaron Lennon who squared to Dempsey who had a simple tap in.
Tottenham, on the balance of play, deserved a point having dominated possession and had a lot more shots at the United goal. David de Gea was excellent throughout. He made two vital saves: one from Gareth Bale and another from Dempsey that kept the score at 1-0.
The defence in front of de Gea were also dominant, apart from the late goal. Rio Ferdinand made a terrific sliding block in the second half to deny a through on goal Jermain Defoe.
United had lined up with a tightly packed midfield and lacked any real wingers which really restricted their attacking play. This proven by mustering up only 4 attempts at goal while the home side had 14.
One decision that went against United happened to substitute Wayne Rooney who was clearly fouled by Steven Caulker in the penalty box.
A fair result on the whole but the lack of a penalty decision will anger the team. However, on the whole, United were too reserved and rarely threatened but this also allowed for one of the better defensive displays we have seen this season with Ferdinand & Vidic excellent.
One point for the Red Devils and a five point lead at the top of the Premier League.
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