Brazilian full-back Rafael was sent off but 10-man Manchester United still kept their unbeaten record as they went back to the top of the Barclays Premier League on goal difference after a 0-0 draw at Tottenham.
brought a couple of smart saves from Heurelho Gomes and Rafael van der Vaart also went close on two occasions for Spurs.
But in the end the two sides cancelled each other out in a game which proved the title race is going to be tight right until the end.
The draw sees Tottenham, who have not beaten United since May 2001 in a run which now stretches 24 matches, stay fifth a point behind Chelsea and outside the Champions League places after a game which was long on effort and passion but short on quality.
The most explosive incident was the once concerning Rafael who was shown a yellow card for a foul on fullback Benoit Assou Ekotto after having earlier been booked for a challenge on Wilson Palacios.
The young Brazilian raged at referee Mike Dean and kicked over a television sound boom as he left the pitch and the FA are likely to want to review the video. Rooney was also booked for his protests.