In a late kickoff today, Manchester United won rather easily over Tottenham Hotspur away at White Hart Lane, although being a man down as from the 59th minute with Scholes sent off.
The match started badly for the Red Devils though, as Jermaine Defoe scored with a brilliant bicycle kick in the first minute of the match, and Spurs looked deadly from then as they created opportunities. But United did not allow themselves to be played around the park, and with some conviction got back in the game after taking control of the midfield. A foul on Berbatov from Palacios on the 24th minute mark gave United a freekick 10 yards outside the penalty area, and Giggs along with Rooney lined the ball up. A dummy run by the latter, and ‘Old timer’ Giggs curled a brilliant one above the wall, past Cudicini’s outstretched arm and into the net, showing that not only Cristiano Ronaldo can curl them in 😉
From then on United accentuated the pressure on Spurs, and a missed clearance from the Spurs defence following a corner kick allowed Anderson to redeem himself in Sir Alex’s eyes after the much talked-about bust-up, and with a beautiful left foot volley he gave Cudicini no chance (41st min).
Half time 1-2 United leading, and on resuming in the second half, Spurs came back as they started the first, with Crouch winning almost everything in the air with his 7ft, and forcing United to defend deep and causing fouls. Scholes received his first yellow on 51 minute mark for an unnecessary tackle, and his second yellow came shortly afterwards, resulting in a red, and United down to 10-men. But this United team came to play for a win, as they started playing even better and controlling the pace of the game. Rooney, who was almost anonymous till then, jumped into action but he was left as the sole striker as Berbatov was sacrificed to bring in Carrick to reinforce the midfield. And Rooney’s perseverance paid off on 78 minutes after hassling the Spurs defence for some time, where a perfect pass from Fletcher put him through, and he went past 2 defenders before cheekily shooting between the legs of the stranded Cudicini. 1-3 final score, United were not really troubled and Spurs conceded their first defeat after winning 4 games in a row.
Some important results to be noted as well in some earlier kickoffs:
Chelsea managed to see off a battling Stoke City, 1-2, Faye scoring for Stoke, and replies from Drogba and Malouda to secure the 3 points for the Blues.
Manchester City turned on the style against Arsenal at their City of Manchester Stadium, 4-2 the final score, with City’s scorers being Richards, Bellamy, Adebayor and Wright-Phillips, and Arsenal’s Van Persie and Rosicky.
And finally, Liverpool easily saw off Burnley at Anfield, 4-0, with the scorers being Benayoun (3 goals) and Kuyt.