• Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Ref: Marriner, A
  • Attendance: 75,268
Manchester United

Manchester United

Giggs (58) P

Nani (81)

Giggs (86) P

3 - 1

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Patrice Evra (John O'Shea, 67)
Nemanja Vidic
Da Silva Rafael (Federico Macheda, 80)
Jonny Evans, J
Ryan Giggs
Luis Carlos Nani
Paul Scholes
Darren Fletcher
Luis Antonio Valencia (Michael Carrick, 60)
Dimitar Berbatov

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Michael Dawson
Ledley King
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
David Bentley (Aaron Lennon, 66)
Tom Huddlestone
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Peter Crouch, 76)
Jermain Defoe (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 55)

Match Report
Two Ryan Giggs penalties and a peach of a goal by Nani put the Premier League title ball firmly back in Chelsea's court as Manchester United went back to the top of the table following a 3-1 victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford. In a game littered with errors which fell well short of the classic many had predicted, the Red Devils called on all their experience to keep their nerve and win. The first half had been so bad that the game had all the ingredients of an end-of-season affair with nothing at stake. Both teams seemed to wake up to the fact that there is a league title to be won and a Champions League place at stake in the second period. United broke the deadlock in the 58th minute. Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov, who had replaced Wayne Rooney - out with a groin strain - produced a mazy run into the Tottenham box. His clever flick to his left found full-back Patrice Evra and he was tripped as he skipped past Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and although goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes guessed right, Giggs' left-foot penalty carried too much power and accuracy as it flew past him and into the bottom right corner of the net. Spurs bounced back to equalise in the 70th minute. Gareth Bale's corner into the centre of the United box saw Tottenham skipper Ledley King rise above Jonny Evans to place his firm header into the bottom left corner of the net from seven yards. United looked flat but they were reinvigorated with nine minutes to go thanks to the best goal of the game. Darren Fletcher found Federico Macheda 25 yards out and he slipped the ball forward to Nani, who skipped past King before scoring with a superb right-foot chip over Gomes and into the corner of the net from 12 yards. Another touch of Nani magic set up United's third goal four minutes later. The Portuguese winger's superb run into the Spurs box ended when he was brought down by Wilson Palacios. Mr Marriner again pointed to the spot and Giggs changed his routine when he fired his left-foot shot into the bottom left corner of the net beyond the diving Gomes' despairing dive.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

United take the points to go top of the table.

93

Federico Macheda's effort is blocked by King.

91

Nani now appears to be being ill like Evra before him.

Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90

There will be four minutes of added time.

88

Crouch drags his shot wide of the target.

85
Goal
 

Giggs blasts the penalty past Gomes for his second of the game.

85
Penalty
 

United are awarded a penlaty for a Palacios challenge on Nani.

83

Peter Crouch goes close for Spurs.

81
Goal
 

Nani produces a cool finish, chipping Gomes when one-on-one with the keeper.

80
Substitution
 

Man Utd are replacing Da Silva Rafael with Federico Macheda.

77

Berbatov gets up well to head the ball but Gomes saves well.

76
Substitution
 

Roman Pavlyuchenko is replaced by Peter Crouch.

73

Lennon's low cross is saved by Van der Sar with Pavlyuchenko lurking.

70
Goal
 

King heads home from a Spurs corner to equalise.

69

Spurs' balance looks beeter with Lennon on the pitch.

67
Substitution
 

Man Utd are replacing Patrice Evra with John O'Shea.

66
Substitution
 

David Bentley is being taken off, Aaron Lennon has come on in his place.

64

Fletcher's cross is cut out by King. United are in control at the moment.

62

Evans makes a great challenge to dispossess Bentley.

60
Substitution
 

Luis Antonio Valencia is replaced by Michael Carrick.

58
Goal
 

Ryan Giggs takes a penalty for Man Utd and scores!.

58
Penalty
 

United are awarded a penlaty after Evra is brought down in the area by Assou-Ekotto.

57

Nani's low shot hits the side-netting.

55
Substitution
 

Jermain Defoe is replaced by Eidur Gudjohnsen.

54

Palacios' low drive tests Edwin van der Sar.

53

Berbatov's header is just wide of the target. That was the best chance of the match so far.

52

Nani's low free kick is deflected out by the wall for a throw-in.

51

Bale brings down Giggs and concedes a free kick.

49

Valencia's first-time cross from the right is comfortably collected by Gomes.

47

Evra looks as though he is being ill on the pitch.

47

Jermain Defoe slips inside the area and scuffs his shot.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

44

David Bentley swings in a free kick but Fletcher heads away.

42

Giggs' corner is headed away by Wilson Palacios.

40

Berbatov controls the ball well but his shot on the turn is over the bar.

39

Nani hits a lovely ball forward but the ball just skids away from Giggs.

37

Da Silva Rafael's cross is hit too strongly and goes behind Gomes' goal.

36

Bale's left-foot free kick is over the bar.

35
Yellow Card
 

Luis Carlos Nani goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

35

Nani is booked for pulling down Bentley.

33

Nani drags his shot wide from 20 yards.

31

Evra's half-volley from 20 yards is high of the target.

30

Ledley King does well to block Berbatov's effort.

29

Berbatov's volley from distance is high and wide.

29

Valencia's effort is saved by Gomes. Berbatov was in a better position.

28

Vidic makes a good challenge to halt Bentley's progress.

26

Nani looks to break into the box but slips at a vital moment.

24

Bale has picked up a knock after a challenge by Valencia.

22

United are applying pressure but are not testing Heurelho Gomes.

20

Dawson looks to be hobbling slightly.

18

Michael Dawson cuts out Luis Antonio Valencia's low ball into the area. That was a vital interception.

16

The Spurs wall does its job, blocking Ryan Giggs' free kick.

15

Michael Dawson gets to the ball ahead of Dimitar Berbatov as United press forwawd.

13

Paul Scholes looks for Dimitar Berbatov but Benoit Assou-Ekotto intercepts, the ball going out for a corner.

11

Gareth Bale looks for a way down the left but is met by two red shirts.

9

Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets through some good defensive work to take the ball of Darren Fletcher.

9

David Bentley chases a long ball forward but there is too much pace on the pass.

7

Michael Dawson makes a great tackle to halt Dimitar Berbatov's progress.

5

Spurs are enjoying good early possession.

3

Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses for Spurs and Patrice Evra clears.

Kickoff
 

Referee Andre Mariner gets the game underway.

Kickoff
 

It's 12:45am on Saturday, April 24th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Aaron Lennon is on the Spurs bencha fter recovering from a groin problem.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Wilson Palacios returns from suspension for Spurs.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Jonny Evans continues for United with Rio Ferdinandnot in the starting line-up or on the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Wes Brown is on the bench for United after recovering from a broken toe.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man Utd face Tottenham at 12:45am on Saturday, April 24th.