Spurs 1 Manchester Utd 3

Ashley Young

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, White Hart Lane, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Mar­ch 4, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted picked up an­oth­er three cru­cial points by beat­ing Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur away. A late goal in the fir­st ha­lf from Way­ne Roo­ney and a brace by Ash­ley Young fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion steer­ed Uni­ted to a fully de­served 3-1 vic­tory over Spurs.

Man­chester Uni­ted, who al­ways seem to get stonger to­wards the end of the sea­son, had ma­naged to edge out mid-ta­ble Nor­wich City by a 2-1 score at Car­row Road thanks to a goal each from vet­er­an play­ers Paul Scho­les and Ry­an Gig­gs in their pre­vi­ous Pre­mier Lea­gue en­counter. As re­gards Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, The Li­ly­whites had out­classed and out­played fel­low high-fli­ers Ar­senal to the tune of a 5-2 mar­gin at the Emir­ates Sta­dium cour­tesy of four goals from for­mer Old Traf­ford marks­man Louis Saha and a pen­alty goal from Togo in­ter­na­tion­al at­tack­er Em­manuel Ad­e­bay­or eight days earli­er, but they fou­nd it far more dif­fi­cult ag­ainst Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men. Des­pite dom­in­at­ing pos­ses­sion for long peri­ods of the fir­st ha­lf at White Hart Lane, Tot­ten­ham just could not break thro­ugh the stub­born and well-or­gan­ised Man­chester Uni­ted de­fence. In the 45th min­ute of the Sunday fix­ture, and ag­ainst the run of play, the vis­it­ing te­am ev­entually went in­to the lead when an ac­cur­ate flag-kick from Ash­ley Young was met by Way­ne Roo­ney who head­ed home.

Tot­ten­ham opened the sec­ond pe­riod in a bright fash­ion, but the hard work­ing vis­it­ors kept them at bay. Then in the 61st min­ute of the con­test, rock­et heeled wing­er Lu­is Nani fou­nd Young who vol­leyed pa­st Brad Friedel in the Tot­ten­ham goal and in­to the back of the net. And mere eight min­utes la­ter, the Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al sco­red his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon when he beau­ti­fully curled the ball in­to the top cor­ner to make the score­board read 3-0 in the fa­vour of The Reds. Wi­th just a couple of min­utes left of nor­mal time, Jer­main De­foe pulled one back for Tot­ten­ham, but it was too late for the North Lon­doners. How­ever, Man­chester Uni­ted re­mained two points adrift of lead­ers Man­chester City, who de­feated Bol­ton Wan­derers 2-0 at Eti­had Sta­dium. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Te­am: Brad Friedel, Ben­oit As­sou-Ekotto, Younes Ka­boul, Kyle Walk­er, Led­ley King, Jake Liv­er­more, Aar­on Len­non, Luka Mod­ric, Sandro, Em­manuel Ad­e­bay­or, Louis Saha. Sub­stitutes: Carlo Cudicini, Mi­chael Dawson, Ry­an Nelsen, Dan­ny Rose, Niko Kran­j­car, Giovani dos San­tos, Jer­main De­foe. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid De Gea, Phil Jones, Jon­ny Evans, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Lu­is Nani, Mi­chael Car­rick, Paul Scho­les, Ash­ley Young, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck. Sub­stitutes: Ben Amos, Ra­fael da Silva, Fa­bio da Silva, Oli­veira An­der­son, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-sung Park, Javi­er Hernandez.

 

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Al­ready crow­ned Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a 3–1 loss to Tot­ten­ham in front of a 36,000 crowd at White Hart Lane in their fi­nal fix­ture of the 2000-01 campaign.

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