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[Player Ratings] Tottenham 1-3 Man Utd: How The Players Rated…

Manchester United beat Tottenham 3-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon to all but end the Londoners hopes of winning the title. Here are our player ratings:

Manchester United beat Tottenham 3-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon to all but end the Londoners hopes of winning the title. United are now just two points behind league leaders City while Spurs now find themselves just four points clear of fourth-placed Arsenal.

Tottenham will feel unlucky to have lost the game as they dominated for long periods and had a goal controversially ruled out with the score at 0-0. United were below par in the first half, but secured the three points largely thanks to the brilliance of winger Ashley Young, who scored two superb goals. Wayne Rooney got United’s other goal while Jermain Defoe grabbed a late consolation for Spurs.

Here are our player ratings:

Tottenham Player Ratings

Friedel – 6 – May have felt he should have come to collect the corner that lead to United’s opener but could do little about either of Young’s efforts.

Walker – 5.5 – Not his best day. Lost Rooney for the opener and could maybe have done better with his attempted clearance for United’s second.

King – 7 – A rock at the back as usual but may have been let down slightly by his team mates.

Kaboul – 6.5 – Should have closed Young down quicker for his second goal but otherwise had a decent game.

Ekotto – 7 – Hit the top of the bar with a free kick and hit the target with a powerful drive in the second half. Always a threat going forward.

Modric – 6.5 – Didn’t see the ball as much as he would have liked out on the left. Crucially fell asleep for the throw in that lead to United’s second.

Livermore – 7.5 – Assured display from the youngster who stepped in to fill Parker’s shoes admirably. But went missing for Young’s second when he was given acres to pick his spot from 25-yards.

Sandro – 7 – Was dominant in the first half but found it a little more difficult after the break. Booked and subbed.

Lennon –  7 – Superb run in the build up to Adebayor’s disallowed goal and was a constant threat.

Adebayor – 6.5 – Lively in the first half and was unlucky with the disallowed goal. Was in the game far less after the break as United grew in confidence.

Saha – 5 – Anonymous. Saw his shot blocked by Adebayor on the line but did little else in the game. Subbed.


Kranjcar – 6 – Made little impact.

Rose – N/A – No time to impress.

Defoe – 7.5 – Excellent goal late on. A true goal-scorer.

Man Utd Player Ratings

De Gea – 7 – Great save from a deflected Livermore effort in the second half, which may have been a turning point in the game. Got nowhere near Defoe’s goal late on.

Jones – 6.5 – Struggled in the first half and Lennon skipped past him with ease to set up Saha. Far more composed in the second half. Booked.

Evans – 8 – Superb at the back for United. He’s certainly grown in recent weeks and forming a good partnership with Ferdinand.

Ferdinand – 8 – Like Evans, was a rock at the back. Great tackle on Adebayor late on to deny him a shot at goal and organised his defence well.

Evra – 7 – Solid display from the Frenchman. Struggled with Lennon at times in the first half but found his feet in the second.

Nani – 6 – Quick thinking saw him set up Young for the second. Otherwise he was relatively quick by his standards. Subbed.

Scholes – 6.5 – Neat and tidy in possession and kept hold of the ball under pressure well, but didn’t really dictate play like he usually does. Subbed off early in the second half.

Carrick – 6.5 – Lost the midfield battle to Sandro and Livermore for the first hour but started to set the tempo in the final half hour as United began to take control.

Young – 9 – Set up Rooney’s opener, scored a superb scissor kick volley for the second followed by a stunning 25-yarder for the third. Devastating.

Welbeck – 6.5 – Quiet in the first half but always worked hard up front and made intelligent runs.

Rooney – 7.5 – Took his header well and dropped deep in the second half to dictate play for the visitors.


Giggs – 5 – Very sloppy pass lead to Tottenham’s consolation goal. Not like the ever-green Welshman.

Park – 6 – Little time to make a real impression but showed some neat touches as United tried to see out the game.

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  1. Steve

    March 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Where was Adam Smith. He was not on the bench. I thought he had been recalled to Spurs. Should have taken Walker off and replaced him with Smith. Walker was a liability.


    March 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    We need to freshen our defence up by benching Freidel and Walker for a few games. The lad Walker has had a hard first season and he is still learning and in these do or die games he is making a few costly mistakes up the field his speed gets him out of trouble but in the penalty are its no good to him. He will be a top player in the coming seasons. The other player is Freidel but unlike Walker he is at the finish of his long career he does had calm to our defence but only with his experience because every free kick and corner kick its a nightmare and teams are exploiting this and Harry is ignoring the problem by picking him every game barring the cup games. His record against the big boys is shocking City 8 Utd 6 Arsenal 6 and this is what he was like at Villa good games followed by bad ones, If you study his conceded goal he is well of his line for headers way out Sagna sailed over his head and in all these games he conceded headers and shots from distance and silly crosses. So my argument for bringing Gomes out of retirement is he is the only keeper who commands his area and he stays on his line when long shots are hit at him, When a keeper stray into his 6 yard are shots are travelling faster and the goal is gaping behind them. When Dega saved Utd it was because he was near his line if he wasn’t the ball could have beaten him. Freidel has conceded 8 goals in two games so when does Harry say enough does he blame King and co or say Keepers are ther to do the hard saves when Young scored he was way of his line and diving towards the ball when he shot across the goal he was standing behind the line and when Rooney scored he stayed on his line.

  3. Danjohn

    March 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Shut up davespurs u don’t no what your talking bout every keeper has a worse record against the top sides!! He’s a top keeper and u were probably saying the same about Gomes last year!!!

  4. ahmad

    March 5, 2012 at 4:48 am

    We can’t you guys just give credit where its due. United are the better side, get used to it. After all, Redknapp said he wants to finish third

  5. Aretheybarey

    March 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    All d players are really tried but dat was how game was. Up man utd

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