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London - Ten-man Manchester United returned
to the top of the Premier League on Sunday after holding Tottenham to
a 0-0 draw in a match that failed to live up to expectations.
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hard-earned point saw them reclaim top spot from Manchester City on
goal difference, although Sir Alex Ferguson's unbeaten side have two
games in hand over their bitter local rivals.
An open encounter
at White Hart Lane never quite caught fire, and United were forced onto
the defensive in the final stages after fullback Rafael Da Silva was
sent off for his second yellow card.
The result leaves Spurs in
fifth place on 37 points, eight points off the lead and one point
behind Chelsea, who occupy the fourth Champions League spot.
"It was a tough game," United manager Ferguson said afterwards.
"Tottenham are in a great bit of form, but they really didn't make many chances against us and we can take credit for that.
were a bit careless with the use of the ball. But overall it's a decent
point for us you so we can't complain. Our defenders were particularly
Spurs defender Michael Dawson expressed frustration that
his side had not been able to make their extra man advantage count in
the closing stages.
"We're a bit disappointed we didn't get three points, but there you go," Dawson said.
was the fourth score draw of a packed Premier League fixture list on
Sunday, which had earlier seen Liverpool draw 2-2 with Merseyside
rivals Everton in an emotional Anfield homecoming for Kenny Dalglish.
appeared to be heading for his third consecutive defeat since taking
over from Roy Hodgson, after two second-half goals in seven minutes from
Sylvain Distin and Jermaine Beckford gave Everton a 2-1 lead.
Liverpool - who had taken a first-half lead through Raul Meireles -
fought back to secure a draw courtesy of a Dirk Kuyt penalty on 68
minutes after Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard upended Maxi Rodriguez.
atmosphere inside Anfield had been electric before kick-off as the Kop
roared out "You'll Never Walk Alone" to mark Dalglish's return to the
home dugout for the first time in 20 years.
Dalglish later praised the character of his players for coming back after trailing early in the second half.
five minutes of the second half we were 2-1 down, but the players
attitude and desire to get back in the game was really something,"
Dalglish told the BBC.
"It was fantastic. We could have been
more than one up but we were really pleased with the way we played and
that's great credit to the players who have had to adjust to the new
ways of playing and training."