Nani seals Man United victory

2010-10-30 20:52

London - A controversial late goal from Nani helped Manchester United secure a 2-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday that kept Sir Alex Ferguson's side in touch with leaders Chelsea.

United were holding on in the closing stages at Old Trafford after Nemanja Vidic's first half header before Nani sealed the points with a bizarre strike that infuriated Tottenham.

Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had put the ball on the ground thinking his side had been awarded a free kick, but Nani was lurking in the penalty area and cheekily tapped home.

Gomes protested but referee Mark Clattenburg allowed the goal to stand despite his assistant referee appearing to raise a flag to rule it out.

United were well short of their best but Nani's crazy goal did enough to see off a Tottenham team that has now failed to defeat Ferguson's side in 23 attempts.

The match started against the backdrop of more protests against the owners of United, with supporters desperate to depose the Glazer family marching in numbers before kick off.

There were reports of some bottles being thrown and an attempt to smash the doors to the club's Megastore.

Inside Old Trafford, United had a job to do after Chelsea's victory at Blackburn earlier in the day left Ferguson's side eight points adrift of the Premier League summit.

In a frantic start, both sides rattled the woodwork with Park Ji Sung hitting the post as early as the second minute before Nani forced a save from Gomes as United looked to make an early breakthrough.

Old Trafford has proved a graveyard for Tottenham in recent years. The last time they won at the venue, in December 1989, Gareth Bale, who has been in outstanding form for Harry Redknapp's side this season, was just five months old.

Yet the visitors went close to stunning the hosts thanks to a piece of genius by Rafael van der Vaart.

The influential Dutchman took advantage of a slip by Vidic to run to the edge of the area before hitting a left foot shot that clattered the far post.

Despite the absence of Wayne Rooney, sat in the main stand nursing his ankle injury, United continued to carve out the better chances.

Park once again went close after former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov threaded him in before Darren Fletcher forced another save from Gomes.

Tottenham had fallen behind in seven of their previous eight games.

And they were once again were left in an all too familiar position when Vidic pounced after Younes Kaboul had been booked for sliding through Javier Hernandez in the 30th minute.

From the free-kick, Nani whipped in a teasing cross for Vidic to direct a powerful header beyond Gomes.

Tottenham produced a quick-fire response, Luka Modric letting fly from 25-yards only for Edwin van der Sar, who turned 40 on the eve of the game, to show his class.

United's Javier Hernandez had a quiet opening 45 minutes and it was not until the second half that the Mexican showed flashes of his brilliance.

He almost carved open the Tottenham defence after a one-two with Park to get free in the box, but lost his composure and blazed wide.

Robbie Keane, back in the Spurs starting line up in place of Peter Crouch, struggled on his own in attack.

So many times the visitors got themselves into promising positions. But their delivery and final touch badly let them down.

Then the game ended amid extraordinary scenes as Nani took advantage of confusion between Gomes and Clattenburg to put the result beyond doubt.


  • Wazza - 2010-10-31 12:19

    Nani has to be the biggest cheat in football at the momment. Yes Gomes messed up, but the ref messed up even more. Why does he chase the Spurs players away but let Ferdinand shout in his ear? Bending over at Old Trafford Clattenberg? As for Nani I think he is a terrible role model for kids, he does not teach them to play football, he teaches them that it is ok to dive all over the place and cheat. Well what do you expect when you have a devil on your jersey.

  • Mark - 2010-11-01 08:52

    When you play at Old Trafford what else can you expect!!

  • Paul - 2010-11-01 09:19

    What a load of bollocks - read the rules. As soon as Gomes picked the ball up the game's on, the fact that he puts it down again (without a whistle having been blown) makes him a muppet. Whilst Nani definitely is no angel, he's playing to the whistle (anyone who's played the game understands this very basic premise). You seem to have conveniently forgotten that Kaboul tugged Nani's shirt beofre the hand ball incident. The referee's assistant was at fault for both offences as Clattenburg was unsighted for the hand ball.As for role models they're all as bad as each other - Torres, Nani, Drogba all go down way too easy - there's too much at stake not to.

  • AL @ Wazza - 2010-11-01 09:28

    Jealousy makes you nasty!!! I suppose the first goal shouldn`t have been awarded too?? First rule of soccer:"always play to the whistle" - thats what Nani did. He even stopped over the ball and waited to see if the ref would blow the whistle which he didn`t so Nani slotted it home.

  • AJ - 2010-11-01 10:48

    @Wazza and Mark: I suppose when Torres does it then it's is fine? You 2 guys are such jealous chops that it actually blinds the 2 of you to the extent that you do not even now the simple rules of football!

  • Mark - 2010-11-01 12:31

    @ AJ...what has Torres got to do with this.I didn't see him playing Sat did I? The fact is that most dubious decisions go the way of United at the best of times. Remember Ronaldo falling over his feet two seasons ago when we were 2-0 up as well. I do not say we would have won the game, but that is not my point. My point being that this sort of thing happends WAY too often at Old Trafford and NO One can deny it.The so called "penalty" is objective, but the handball was absolutely blatant...what a joke!!

  • Wazza - 2010-11-01 12:54

    @ AJ ...... I know about handball .... do you know that one moron? You are to blind anyway. And what is there to be jealous about? Rooneys new salary is going to put your club in even bigger financial trouble .... wait till the banks take your club away .... ha ha ha!

  • Zainiac - 2010-11-01 14:55

    dude, i disagree with you 100%...if you play in the epl you should know what the whistle means, especially as a keeper, the goalie messed up, plain & simple. how is it cheating when the ball is live?? the lesson for kids, especially for kids thinking of going into football is not to do what Gomes did, he assumed it was a free kick. yes it may not have been a well earned goal, but at the end of the day a goal is a goal, so well done to Nani for seeing the opportunity...

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-11-01 15:01

    it was a handball - the linesman even flagged only to be overuled by the ref - old trafford hey - why do they even play with a ref at old trafford - fergie can blow the game

  • JustinD - 2010-11-01 16:23

    Way to go week we will show our City neighbours how to beat Wolves.

  • Mark - 2010-11-01 16:55

    Earlier I mentioned that apart from this incident, Utd had a shocker of a penalty awarded to them two seasons ago when we led 2-0 at Old Trafford. Last season we had another two penalties against us...and lets not forget a couple of years back when Pedro Mendes scored from about 60 yards out and the ball went about 3 yards over the line, but nobody could see it!! All these things JUST in the last few games we have played at Old Trafford. How do United fans expect us to feel??!!

  • Rebel - 2010-11-02 07:32

    @Mark: Sorry for you man! Sh!t happens. So you think that there is some conspiracy happening then? Amazing seeing that we did not win the EPL last season just like you guys so what are you on about? England felt the pinch of the ball crossing the line but not being awarded a goal. It does not only happen at Old Tradford but in alot of other stadiums. Dubious penalties are also awarded against Utd, Drogba scores offside goals against Utd, Terry scores goals after our defenders are all held back. So what? this is football and things like these happen. So we Utd fans know how you feel! Just buy the way, last season's penalties against you lot were correctly awarded! Maybe Spurs needs to learn how to hang on to a lead or take their chances when it comes there way instead of wallowing in self pitty and blaming other factors!

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