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Tottenham 0 – 0 Man Utd: 9 men & Vidic Keep out Spurs

Nemanja Vidic Aaron Lennon of Spurs attempts to cross the ball as Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on January 16, 2011 in London, England.

Tottenham huffed and puffed against Manchester United, but were unable to blow the mighty Vidic’s defence down as the Red Devils just about made sure that their unbeaten run continues for another week. It was defence against attack as the midfield of Tottenham really controlled most of the play with Luka Modric spraying the ball around to his team mates in search of the killer pass, but it was just out of reach, largely due to the magnificent defence of United.

The two wide players for Tottenham, Bale and Lennon, who were expected to be the difference between the two sides didn’t have the best of games, and were unable to make much of an impact. Only a couple of their crosses managed to find a Tottenham players waiting head, but no finish could be found. That was the problem for Tottenham really, they had most of the offensive possession, but just couldn’t slice open the organised solidity of the defence, even when Unite went  man down.

Rafael da Silva was sent off in the 74th minute for a second “bookable” offence. I say “bookable” in inverted commas because the decision to give him that second yellow was, although seemingly inevitable, questionable. When the Brazilian defender picked up his first yellow card early on, I had a strong feeling that with his passion, commitment and refusal to back out of any tackle, the likely possibility was that he would get another. He did, but it wasn’t from a malicious, dangerous or cynical tackle – it was a clip on the back of Assou-Ekkoto’s heel as hey both ran for the ball. It was obvious that it was an accident – even the sometimes naive Rafael wouldn’t have been stupid enough to purposely trip the opponent on a yellow card – but the referee, Mike Dean was his usual, unsympathetic or understanding self and harshly brandished the red.

As it happened, Bale wasn’t able to exploit the left wing in the absence of Rafael, and the game ended with United on the attack -despite being under pressure from Tottenham ever since the dismissal.

Overall, United’s play was pretty poor. It was clear they wanted to win, and definitely could have won, but the passing was bad. The final ball was disappointing. The attacking was almost non existent apart from a couple of good attacks which led to a few chances, but not as much as United would have liked. Perhaps the only real positive to be taken was the outstanding performance from the defenders, and come to think of it, the togetherness of the team when they went a man down.

While earlier in the season United may have conceded a clumsy goal late on, they were resilient, as the best centre back partnership in the League, Ferdinand and Vidic proved their worth to the United team with some invaluable tackles, headers away and clearance.

Manchester United go back to top spot, ahead of Manchester rivals City on goal difference while Tottenham move to within a point of furth place Chelsea. It was, in the end, another clash of two strong teams that was, although entertaining, over hyped.

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  1. nonone

    January 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

    didnt yu see the first 90% of the game, when they had 11 men ?????
    Lets all jump on the “10 men” excuse and ignore the rest of the game!!!

  2. Rashid Raman

    January 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Tottenham had most of the possession but their dominance was sterile. Not a single real shot at goal in the second half. United continue with their disappointing performances with Rooney not even able to control the ball and keep possession. They will probably win the league , not because they are the best ,but because they are the more consistent

  3. hatfield63

    January 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

    oh my god, what a onesided article. u must be a manu fan. Typical that u will exploit the “9” men in your headline even if that only happened for a few seconds in the match. If we had a decent striker we would have creamed you arses.

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  5. Shannon

    January 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

    There was only one team in it. Our wings roasted Man U’s fullbacks and Rafael should have been sent off for the first foul – the first yellow. When you’re on a yellow you have to be very careful. An “accidental” foul is still a foul, or there would be very few free kicks in games. In the end Man U were just defending their final third. They were overjoyed at a draw.

  6. Mark Munro

    January 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Had Defoe started I believe Spurs would have won. We were the better team but I agree that United defended extremely well. We lack a world class finsher although Defoe is close but was out for most of the season through injury and suspension. Had he played all season so far we would certainly have scored more goals and had more points.

  7. Jd

    January 17, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Crouch is rubbish! How can you be almost a foot taller than everyone else and seem like the shortest guy in the box? What Rednapp sees in him I just don’t know. We were lucky Spurs were off their game and that we had Vidic. Spurs should have won easily. If they add a striker, they could get back in the race. Thank God we don’t play them again.

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