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Man U crush Tottenham

2009-04-25 20:41

London - Manchester United moved to within touching distance of a third consecutive Premier League title after staging a stunning second-half rally to beat Tottenham 5-2 on Saturday.

Trailing 2-0 at the interval, the champions built on a controversial penalty decision to floor Spurs and reclaim a three-point lead over Liverpool, who had kept up the pressure with a 3-1 win at Hull earlier in the day.

With the added advantage of a game in hand, United now know that, even if their closest rivals win all their remaining matches, ten points from their final five games will be enough to equal Liverpool's record of 18 English league titles.

Penalty

The evening had looked like ending very differently after the lively Aaron Lennon set up Darren Bent and then Luka Modric for Spurs' first-half goals.

United looked unstoppable by the end, but their comeback was launched by a hotly-debated penalty, Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes having got his fingers to the ball before his dive floored Michael Carrick.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted the resulting spot-kick and United added another three in the space of 15 minutes.

Rooney fired in an equaliser that Gomes might have saved then delivered the cross which saw Ronaldo claim his second with a diving header. Rooney then claimed his second before Dimitar Berbatov bundled in the fifth against his former club.

 

AFP

Comments
  • GGMU - 2009-04-25 21:38

    Theres a reason why we the Champions and Liverpool havent won league silverware in 19 years. United play to win trophys, Liverpool play to beat United. We gauge our success on silverware, Liverpool gauge their success on how many times they beat the top 4 in a season. Winning the battles means nothing if you cant win the war!

  • chad - 2009-04-25 21:54

    There is no way Gomes got a touch on the ball...the only touch on the ball was that of Carrick's. Gomes may not have hampered Carrick purposefully BUT he definitely did not get a touch on the ball!!

  • Thabo - 2009-04-25 22:26

    I switched off my telly to go study at 2-0, thinking this was going to turn out like another match in 2001 when Man U came from 3-0 down to beat the same Tottenham 5-3, a result that I had cheekily predicted to a friend of mine at half time. Go United!!!

  • Drakkar - 2009-04-26 00:58

    This game brought back memories of a similar comeback by United quite a few years ago - also against Spurs - coming back from 3-0 down that time to win 5-3. Keep going United.........

  • Bob - 2009-04-26 05:20

    GGMU - How many years did it take Sir Alex to turn a United side barely keeping it's place in the top 4 to even threaten league glory? Success does not come overnight. If you read the history books and make some direct comparisons you will find that Benitez has a far better record given a similarly under performing squad (only 3 players remain from the side he started with) and in less time. Over the past few seasons Liverpool have concentrated on cups for funds in the understanding that the league was beyond their grasp. There is also the matter of significantly less spending from the scousers than their illustrious opposition. However this season they have shown they are capable of at least competing for the trophy once more. They have also outscored the rest of the entire league quite handsomely this season. Go figure. Take the blinkers off, rabid dogs.

  • Scud - 2009-04-26 08:28

    If looserpool does not take the title this season, i dont know when they are going to get a chance like this again... it looks like they wont hav any cup to show 4 all there hard work this season.

  • Tendai Sean Joe - 2009-04-26 09:24

    Man U stands for a united focused squad whose dedication is not only to please Sir Alex,but the multitude of faithful fans like us.Never mind the big brand behind the name,Man U are born champions.So we will go and take that League Silverware!Ask a homeless kid,ask a Frrari owner,ask a Cricket player,ask a plumber,ask a Wall Street Trader,Man U is the only team that makes us forget the tough times,unites us and make us happy!

  • sisMakipkiip - 2009-04-26 10:15

    GGMU I love what you have just said.Nothing but the truth

  • Lemon - 2009-04-26 10:19

    Agree with chad, no way gomes touched the ball...the studio panel looked at the wrong angle where the position(depth) of the ball is misleading...the other angle clearly shows no contact... even with no penalty, no reason to let 4 go in after a penalty when you still in the lead, and then 3 go in after you can still squeeze an important away-point from the game. Spurs were going to fold eventually in the 2nd half, it was written on the wall in the 1st 10 minutes of the 2nd half...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-26 11:47

    Too late to cry now hey chad. If it make syou happy, take the penalty back and we will give you the goal. Still a 4-3 win dumbass

  • Mervz - 2009-04-28 08:05

    I dont give a S^IT wether gomes touched or did not touch the ball.United have proven once again their supremacy and dominance of the beautiful game by coming back from 2 down to put 5 past spurs and get the 3 points that they deserved for their fighting spirit.Now i cannot wait for history to be made with a 3rd title in a row, and not 2 forget their 18th title. It will be a fitting achievement and glory for a team that has conqurered so much since 1990 to date.GLORY, GLORY MAN UNITED, GLORY, GLORY MAN UNITED.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-28 09:08

    United dont deserve to win, the controversial penalty led to how the game turned out. Once again the Ref was somehow influenced by AF. Good game Tottenham......

  • Nazeem - 2009-04-28 09:52

    Bob @ 5:20am you and a million other die hard Liverpool fans will always stand behind your team and manager but to compare Rafa to Fergie is insane... I'll say it again, what Fergie has forgotten about football, Rafa is just beginning to understand.... GGMU has it spot on.... The sooner you guys can get over basing your success on beating United, you may stand a chance at the title... Glory Glory boys... Glory Glory.... :-)

  • mervz - 2009-04-28 11:32

    Anon @ 09:32, you such a dumb a**, we're talking about united's history, nothing said bout 'record breaking'. We r talking bout present times, u talk bout yester years just like all loserfool fans, thats all u can talk about.Wake up and stop dreaming u fool, this is now the Premier League, which the Big Fool has not won. First win it and then talk.

  • Shaheen - 2009-04-28 11:40

    Anonymous User4/28/2009 9:32 AM: Hate to burst your bubble my friend. But no Team has ever won 5 League Titles in a row. The most was 3! Huddersfield Town (1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26), Arsenal F.C. (1931-32, 1932-33, 1933-34), Liverpool FC (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84), Manchester United (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01). CHECK UR FACTS BEFORE POSTING. I knew this because I'm a fan of FOOTBALL. Now go spend some time on your teams website and wikipedia ;). On and now Man United will become the second English side to win 3 consecutive League Titles. ONE UNITED!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-28 12:11

    Apologies Shaheen - you are indeed correct for a change, I was referring to the period between 75'-80', but the 77'-78' title was the one missing - tho' we did conquer Europe (today's Champions League) for the 2nd year in a row that year

  • Nazeem - 2009-04-28 16:59

    Keep the historical stats flying anonynmous user @ 12:11 PM. We at Old Trafford will just keep winning....:-)

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