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A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Ryan Giggs manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Jermain Defoe fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Michael Dawson fouled by Javier Hernandez, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Shot from just outside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the right of the target.
Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take a short corner.
Alan Hutton produces a cross, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Javier Hernandez comes on in place of Dimitar Berbatov.
Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wilson Palacios.
Peter Crouch produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
The referee sends off Rafael Da Silva for second bookable offence. The referee books Wayne Rooney for dissent. Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
Darren Fletcher crosses the ball, Luka Modric makes a clearance.
Gareth Bale delivers the ball, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Ryan Giggs handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Shot by Wilson Palacios from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Fletcher.
Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Luis Nani leaves the field to be replaced by Oliveira Anderson.
Luis Nani produces a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Wilson Palacios has a shot and went wide of the right-hand post.
Patrice Evra receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Aaron Lennon. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Luka Modric produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick.
Luis Nani fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Close range headed effort by Michael Carrick goes wide of the left-hand post.
Ryan Giggs has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Darren Fletcher receives a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Fletcher on Gareth Bale. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luka Modric from left channel, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Ryan Giggs. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Luka Modric. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Centre by Gareth Bale, Close range headed effort by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Wilson Palacios goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Rio Ferdinand crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross.
Gareth Bale delivers the ball.
Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Free kick taken by Aaron Lennon.
Ryan Giggs handles the ball and concedes a free kick. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Crouch fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
Patrice Evra challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Caution for Rafael Da Silva. Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
Michael Dawson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal. Blocked by Dimitar Berbatov.
The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale.
Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
The ball is swung over by Rafael Van der Vaart, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Michael Carrick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart receives a yellow card. Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Rooney. Luis Nani restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale.
William Gallas fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing. The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Centre by Alan Hutton, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.
Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.
Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Nemanja Vidic fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
Michael Carrick challenges Wilson Palacios unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half has started.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Bale set for Spurs return
Gareth Bale is likely to return to the Tottenham first team for Sunday's match against Manchester United despite missing two days' training this week due to a back injury he picked up just over a week ago against Everton.
Younes Kaboul is back after completing a three-match suspension but Ledley King is likely to be out for some time after aggravating his groin injury in training this week.
Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Jamie O'Hara (back) have been training this week but are not yet fully fit and Tom Huddlestone is around a month away from a return from his ankle injury.
Harry Redknapp has backed Rafael van der Vaart to match Dimitar Berbatov's achievement of passing the 20-goal mark in his first season at Tottenham.
Van der Vaart is widely regarded as the buy of the season so far after making a huge impact since his #8million deadline day move from Real Madrid last summer.
The Dutchman struggled to live up to hype surrounding him at Real but has been a big hit at Tottenham, where he has scored 11 goals and provided several assists to spearhead Spurs' push for domestic and European honours.
Berbatov had a similar impact when he arrived at White Hart Lane, scoring 23 times in his first year while club legend Jurgen Klinsmann proved a similarly instant success, bagging 30 in his maiden term.
Redknapp is convinced that the 27-year-old can continue his scoring form and match the achievements of Berbatov, who could line up against his previous employers.
"Van der Vaart has been a great player for us," Redknapp said.
"We trained on Tuesday or Wednesday and some of the stuff he did was fantastic.
"Look at the goals he's scored, and he's not even a striker.
"He can make the pass, make goals, link the play up and also has the ability to score goals.
"He got 20 in Germany one season (with Hamburg) and he looks a 20-goal player in the Premier League, which is fantastic for a player who plays where he plays and how he plays."
Ryan Giggs will make his 600th league appearance for United if he plays and Redknapp is in awe of the Welshman's achievement.
"600 games? Fantastic. Giggs is a great player and a great lad," Redknapp said. "I don't know him well but he's a class act on and off the pitch.
"That little group - Scholes, Beckham and the Nevilles - that era was an amazing era. All that team were real Manchester United weren't they? He is a credit to the game."
Wayne Rooney is set to return from an ankle injury as Manchester United defend their unbeaten record.
Rooney has missed two games but has trained this week and is expected to face Redknapp's men.
Nemanja Vidic and Edwin van der Sar are also fit after recent absences as United look to consolidate their position as Premier League pace-setters.
Had Sir Alex Ferguson got his way, Bale would be turning out in a red shirt.
The Tottenham star is clearly a man Manchester United must play special attention to as they look to maintain their unbeaten Premier League record.
With 11 goals to his name, including a hat-trick against Inter Milan in the San Siro, the 21-year-old has catapulted himself into an elite group of world stars.
It is talent Ferguson spotted a very long time ago, only to be thwarted in his attempt to get it.
"We tried to sign him as a 16 or 17-year-old boy," reflected the United chief.
"Southampton had a Scottish chief executive and George Burley was the manager.
"I don't know the full circumstances but they didn't accept our offer and I think they must have alerted Tottenham."
Rafael off but United go top
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.
Wayne Rooney brought a couple of smart saves from THeurelho 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 full-back 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.
Yet while Tottenham showed how far they have come under Harry Redknapp it was United who also proved their resilience.
Ryan Giggs was named in the starting line-up for his 600th league appearance for United, just six behind the record of Sir Bobby Charlton.
Sir Alex Ferguson was also boosted by the fact that Rooney returned from an ankle injury after missing two games while Nemanja Vidic and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar were also fit after recent absences.
Vidic's presence was crucial and he was instrumental in halting the forays of the pacy Aaron Lennon down Tottenham's right.
Due to injuries, Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have been in harness too infrequently in recent seasons. There is no doubt United look more solid when they are together.
It meant Peter Crouch, who had been preferred to Jermain Defoe, for the most part was contained and that has a knock-on consequence for Tottenham in that Van der Vaart is starved on the knockdowns which he has been so quick to exploit this season.
As it was United might have taken the lead in the first two minutes, Rooney being neatly played in by Dimitar Berbatov but skewing his right-foot shot across the face of the goal.
A flake of rust in that effort, although there was no sign of it after 22 minutes when Rooney, once again smartly served by Berbatov, brought a stumbling save from Tottenham goalkeeper Gomes.
United had their moments but in that first half the attacking impetus came from Tottenham and especially Gareth Bale who was beginning to give Rafael a torrid time down the left.
One of his trademark whipped-in crosses was inches away from being dispatched into the net by Crouch.
Van der Vaart looked to have cashed in on another raking Bale cross but could only manage to send his downward header into the side-netting.
It was all fast and frantic, strewn with errors and with no time for midfield players to settle on the ball.
Not surprisingly, it was a 45 minutes in which referee Dean was busy, booking Rafael, Wilson Palacios, Darren Fletcher and Van der Vaart, the latter for kicking the ball away.
It needed someone like David Beckham, up in the stands and who has been training with Tottenham this past week, to put his foot on the ball and bring a measure of control.
United began the second half with more composure. They might have taken the lead after 50 minutes when a Giggs corner was flicked goalwards by Michael Carrick but sailed just wide of the post.
A minute later Rooney burst through the middle to unleash a right-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area, only to be denied by a full-length diving save from Gomes.
The Tottenham goalkeeper was certainly the busier.
It was a match with lots of attacking endeavour from both sides but no-one seemed capable of creating the breakthrough.
There were claims for a penalty when Vidic blocked Van der Vaart's effort after clearly holding his shirt in the penalty area but the referee waved them away.
Then came Rafael's moment of madness, at which point United were happy with their point.
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