Man Utd v Tottenham reaction
Wayne Rooney. The response was immediate. Rooney crossed for Nani to halve the defecit, then Robin van Persie set up Shinji Kagawa to end a breathless spell of three goals in four minutes. However, Dempsey's tap-in ensured the visitors still had their noses in front. "At half-time we knew we weren't going to get out of Old Trafford without a fight," said Villas-Boas. "Last season I was in charge of a Chelsea team that was 3-0 up against United and didn't win. That is an example of what they can do." However, even though Bale had only trained once this week due to the effects of a virus, Tottenham's battling qualities came to the fore. And after Van Persie had wasted an outstanding chance and both Rooney and Michael Carrick had struck the frame of Brad Friedel's goal, Spurs held on for a famous win. "We lost the first goal by not defending properly," said Ferguson, whose side have now fallen four points behind leaders Chelsea. "They got a lucky break when the ball came off Jonny Evans, nonetheless, you can't allow the left-back to get as far as that. "It was a poor start and from then on, we were against the wind until half-time came along and we were able change things a bit." Rooney's introduction made a difference that at least allowed Ferguson to put a positive spin on the game. "We were brilliant in the second half, really unlucky, hit the post, hit the bar, balls scrambled clear. We just dominated it," he said. "It was a fantastic performance. Thank goodness I am able to say that after watching the first half." Ferguson also confirmed he expected Jonny Evans to be fit for Tuesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj despite suffering a dead leg in injury-time.