Sunday, 4 March 2012

Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United rode their luck before keeping the pressure on league leaders Manchester City with a 3-1 win at third-placed Spurs. But Tottenham, after being crushed 5-2 in last weekend's north London derby, must now be looking over their shoulders at the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Liverpool, as the race for a top-four place intensifies. It is definitely now a two-horse race for the title though as United are just two points behind Roberto Mancini's side again, but 11 clear of Spurs. However, the final scoreline did not tell the full story as Harry Redknapp's team dominated the first half and had a goal disallowed by referee Martin Atkinson for handball by Emmanuel Adebayor. The official ruled that the Togo international had used his arm to control the ball before flicking it into the net. It seemed harsh on Spurs but worse was to come as Wayne Rooney headed United ahead against the run of play on the stroke of half time from Ashley Young's corner. Redknapp's men seemed unperturbed by their misfortune as they continued to dominate the early stages of the second period but two goals by former Watford and Aston Villa star Young finally doused their enthusiasm. He doubled United's lead with a sweet volley from a tight angle on the hour mark before curling home a third goal past Brad Friedel nine minutes later. The result was never in doubt from that moment on, although substitute Jermain Defoe did grab a late consolation goal with a 20-yard effort after a rare Ryan Giggs error.

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