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Man United 2-3 Tottenham: Player Ratings

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Tottenham Hotspur consigned one of the most galling statistics of the Premier League era to the archive chamber after they stunned Manchester United 3-2 for their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989. A lot has changed in English football since the advent of the Premier League, but one thing that had stayed constant was Tottenham’s failure to win at the home of the 19-time Champions but they exorcised those ghosts at last. Spurs pounced on a lacklustre Man United performance in the 1st half to lead 2-0 at the break, with Jan Vertonghen’s 2nd minute strike and Gareth Bale’s 32nd minute effort putting the away side in command.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s half-time blasting combined with the introduction of Wayne Rooney brought much-needed urgency to United’s play and they halved the deficit six minutes after the restart through Nani.  But Clint Dempsey went straight down the other end to make it 3-1 to Spurs less than a minute after Nani’s goal. And, the craziness continued as Shinji Kagawa made it 2-3 a minute after Dempsey’s strike. Man United searched and searched for the equalizer, creating numerous chances, even crashing the woodwork twice but Spurs held on to record a famous triumph. (Full Match Report)

Man Utd:

Anders Lindegaard: 5/10

Sir Alex prefers the Dane to David De Gea at the moment and he wasn’t at fault for the goals as his defence and midfield left him clutching thin air.

Rafael da Silva: 5/10

The Brazilian was mobile down the right, but should have done better to prevent Vertonghen and Bale from bombing down the wing in the 1st half, although he improved greatly after the restart.

Patrice Evra: 5/10

Lennon gave the full-back a few problems in the 1st period, but like the rest of his side he recovered sufficiently in the 2nd.

Rio Ferdinand: 3/10

The veteran was badly exposed by Spurs and was at fault for all three goals, with his lack of pace and immobility a cause of concern.

Jonny Evans: 6/10

His deflection wrong-footed Lindegaard for the opening goal, but he was United’s best defender on the whole.

Paul Scholes: 7/10

A sensational performance from the maestro in the 2nd half when he ran the show from midfield, keeping the United players on their toes and Tottenham’s defenders on the edge.

Michael Carrick: 5/10

He made a slow start to the game and by the time he got running Sours were two goals to the good. He emphasized the need for United to play a more combative player in midfield.

Nani: 5/10

The Portuguese winger was full of running on the right, taking his goal with a fine flick and providing numerous crosses.

Ryan Giggs: 3/10

The veteran had a poor first half and was substituted at the break.

Shinji Kagawa: 6/10

The Japanese star was a brilliant conduit between the midfield and defence in the 2nd half, highlighted by his wonderfully taken goal.

Robin Van Persie: 5/10

The Dutchman looked brighter after he got Rooney for company, but was guilty of fluffing his lines on more than one occasion.

Subs:

Wayne Rooney: 6/10

His arrival at the start of the 2nd half changed the game for United and although they failed to win the game, he was sharp and looks to be a good strike partner for Van Persie.

Danny Welbeck: 4/10

The youngster came on for Kagawa late in the game and didn’t make a difference.

Javier Hernandez: N/A

The Mexican was an injury-time replacement for Ferdinand.

Tottenham:

Brad Friedel: 5/10

The veteran keeper was a spectator in the 1st half, but had to keep out incessant United attacks later in the game.

Jan Vertonghen: 7/10

The Belgian was full of energy on the left as he bombed forward at will, scoring the opener. But he was under immense pressure in the 2nd half, with Nani and Rafael giving him no space.

William Gallas: 6/10

The Frenchman was immense at the back and his experience was vital as Spurs desperately repelled wave after wave of United attacks.

Steve Caulker: 6/10

The young defender also excelled alongside Gallas, but was slightly at fault for Kagawa’s goal.

Kyle Walker: 5/10

Walker had to deal with Giggs and Kagawa moving in-field, with the Japanese attacker giving him a lot more problems.

Sandro 7/10:

He was very influential in the 1st half when Spurs bossed the midfield, but was restricted to the area in front of the penalty box for most of the 2nd half.

Moussa Dembele: 5/10

Dembele didn’t enjoy this outing as much as he did for Fulham last month and his influence waned from the minute the United rampage began, although he was vital in the 1st period.

Aaron Lennon: 5/10

Lennon was a real threat in the opening exchanges, dragging Evra wide with his purposeful running but he faded away as the game wore on.

Gareth Bale: 8/10

A splendid performance from the Welsh wizard, with his goal a great cameo of his skills-pace, power and finish.

Clint Dempsey: 5/10

The American’s goal proved to be the winner eventually as he justified the manager’s decision to play him instead of Sigurdsson in the free-roaming role.

Jermain Defoe: 4/10

Not an enjoyable evening for the in-form striker as he was isolated for large periods, although he played a part in the 3rd goal with his brillaint hold-up play.

Subs:

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 4/10

He was brought to help Spurs regain possession but United were in total control by then and the Icelandic International had little to do.

Tom Huddlestone: 3/10

Another late substitute aimed at helping Spurs keep the ball.

Michael Dawson: N/A

The defender was an injury-time substitute for Defoe.

(Full Match Report)