Spurs pay penalty, United top

2010-04-24 16:05

Manchester - Ryan Giggs scored two penalties as reigning champions Manchester United returned to the top of the English Premier League with a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Victory moved United two points in front of Chelsea with two games to play as they once again demonstrated the ability to score important late goals, this time in a match which was all square at 1-1 with 10 minutes left.

However, Chelsea will regain top spot in the Premier League if they win at home to Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Giggs's successful 58th minute penalty, awarded after Patrice Evra was brought down in the box by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, saw United - without injured England striker Wayne Rooney - go in front.

But Tottenham, fresh from wins over Arsenal and Chelsea, equalised in the 70th minute when injury-prone central defender Ledley King headed in a corner.

United, though, hit back when Portuguese ace Nani broke down the right and chipped goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Veteran midfielder Giggs then sealed United's victory with his second spot-kick four minutes from time after Nani went down under a challenge from Wilson Palacios.

Tottenham will lose fourth place, and the last Champions League qualifying spot on offer to English clubs, if Manchester City win away to Arsenal later on Saturday.


  • CHAD - 2010-04-24 16:18

    As a Man U boy, I will now support the Gunners to dismantle Shitty for Spurs to keep that 4th spot! Spurs for 4th!!

  • Graham - 2010-04-24 16:18

    Where are all the comments from the Manchester United haters. I am sure that the referee was biased towards Manchester United!!!

  • Big K - 2010-04-24 17:10

    @ Chad, i have to agree. So let me guess, we bought the referee and Nani and Evra dived,right?? Sorry bunch i tell ya!! Well done boys, Lets hope Stoke can do us a few favours with the long throws and knowing Terry not in the match and Cole back, Chelsea back 4 very unsettled!! Nani u legend, glimpses of Ronaldo coming through again, Vidic played really well and so did VD Sar and Giggsy and Scholesy, u lekker dings u!! GGMU, dont stop boys!!!

  • Vinny - 2010-04-24 17:15

    Who really cares really , this win means nothing - Chelsea will go tops again

  • Vincent - 2010-04-24 22:04

    Glory Glory man U.

  • rico - 2010-04-25 08:51

    ok vinny u believe that if it makes you feel better.....first beat stoke and liverpool and we will take care of our games...utd ...fighting to the end....

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