Ten-man Utd top Premiership

2011-01-16 20:17

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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United's 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.

"We 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 good."

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.

It 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.

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.

But 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.

The 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.

"After 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."


  • RED MANC - 2011-01-17 08:41

    Not the most inspiring performance by United but we still remain top of the log and who knows - we might even start playing well at some point in the season ... Man of the match performance for United jointly shared by Vidic and Rafael - both were outstanding and Rafael in particular is starting to come of age as a United player with a good run of games under his belt. His second yellow card was not even an offence and the red card should be challenged and rescinded - replays clearly show Rafael trying to get out of the way . Spurs are genuine contenders for a top four spot and they are going to battle to hang onto Bale , the boy is a special player , not quite as good Giggsy was at that point in his career but he is almost there . Unfortuneately , Anderson is not quite good enough to play for United - he is too one dimensional in his play , the boy cannot ever put his laces through the ball , every touch is side-footed and has to be on his left foot , as a creative midfielder he has to be ambidextrous and not be so afraid to take a shot on goal , he clearly has no confidence in his abilities - Paul Scholes he is not .

      Albo - 2011-01-17 14:21

      If Rafael could sort out his discipline then he will be great. Having said that, his second yellow card was a bullsh!t decision. Tottenham are really looking good with Bale and van der Vaart - Harry just needs to hold on to those guys. Vidic - RESPECT!!!

  • Bandit - 2011-01-17 09:31

    United were never out of first gear,Tot'ham were playing at their capacity and they still could not beat united despite the man advantage --- GO FIGURE.

      Ross - 2011-01-18 13:18

      Agreed. Max respect to Tottenham it was one of their better performances but United could have done much better. Pity about Rafael's second card... that was just a stupid decision

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