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  • Date:16 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:16:10
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:35,828
Goal!

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94mins

A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Ryan Giggs manages to make a clearance.

92mins

The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

92mins

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

90mins

The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

89mins

Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric.

88mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

87mins

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.

86mins

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.

84mins

Michael Dawson fouled by Javier Hernandez, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

84mins

Shot from just outside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the right of the target.

83mins

Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

80mins

Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take a short corner.

80mins

Alan Hutton produces a cross, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

78mins

Javier Hernandez comes on in place of Dimitar Berbatov.

78mins

Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wilson Palacios.

75mins

Peter Crouch produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

74mins

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.

69mins

Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

68mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.

67mins

Darren Fletcher crosses the ball, Luka Modric makes a clearance.

66mins

Gareth Bale delivers the ball, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

65mins

Ryan Giggs handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.

64mins

Shot by Wilson Palacios from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

63mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Fletcher.

63mins

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

62mins

Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

61mins

Luis Nani leaves the field to be replaced by Oliveira Anderson.

60mins

Luis Nani produces a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

60mins

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

58mins

Wilson Palacios has a shot and went wide of the right-hand post.

57mins

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.

57mins

Luka Modric produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

54mins

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.

53mins

Luis Nani fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.

52mins

Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.

52mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

50mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Close range headed effort by Michael Carrick goes wide of the left-hand post.

48mins

Ryan Giggs has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

46mins

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.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Ryan Giggs. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.

44mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Luka Modric. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.

43mins

Centre by Gareth Bale, Close range headed effort by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide of the left-hand upright.

42mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

42mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

37mins

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.

34mins

Wayne Rooney sends in a cross.

33mins

Gareth Bale delivers the ball.

33mins

Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Free kick taken by Aaron Lennon.

32mins

Ryan Giggs handles the ball and concedes a free kick. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.

31mins

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.

31mins

Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

30mins

Patrice Evra challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.

28mins

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.

26mins

Michael Dawson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

25mins

Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort at goal. Blocked by Dimitar Berbatov.

25mins

Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take a short corner.

25mins

The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale.

24mins

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

23mins

The ball is swung over by Rafael Van der Vaart, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

23mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

22mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Michael Carrick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.

21mins

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.

19mins

The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale.

16mins

William Gallas fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.

15mins

The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

15mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.

14mins

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.

14mins

Centre by Alan Hutton, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

13mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.

11mins

Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.

10mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

9mins

Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

9mins

Nemanja Vidic fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

8mins

Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Alan Hutton.

7mins

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.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

5mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart.

2mins

Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

2mins

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.

Match Preview

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."

Formation:4411Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 442Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Heurelho Gomes
  • Alan Hutton
  • Michael Dawson
  • William Gallas
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Wilson Palacios
  • Luka Modric
  • Gareth Bale
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Niko Kranjcar
  • Vedran Corluka

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Match Report

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.

Form Guide

    DDWWWL
  • Tottenham
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • WWWDWW

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 30/10/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 3 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 24/04/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 3
  • Man Utd
  • 12/09/2009
  • Man Utd
  • 5 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 25/04/2009
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 13/12/2008
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 02/02/2008

Top Scorers

Tottenham

  • R Van der Vaart 7
  • G Bale 7
  • R Pavlyuchenko 5
  • A Lennon 2
  • A Hutton 2
  • P Crouch 1
  • T Huddlestone 1
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • S Bassong 1

Man Utd

  • D Berbatov 14
  • LC Nani 6
  • JB Hernandez 6
  • J Park 4
  • N Vidic 3
  • D Fletcher 2
  • R Giggs 1
  • P Scholes 1
  • M Owen 1
  • P Evra 1
  • W Rooney 1

Goals

Tottenham

    • Total goals 56
    • Goals per game 31
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 68
    • Goals per game 43
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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