Manchester United may have won 2-0 against Tottenham at Old Trafford, the second goal being a very confused one honestly, but it was not a brilliant display by the Red Devils throughout the game, and had Spurs been more creative, it could have ended a different story. The “sexy” is clearly missing in United’s game, as they fail to convince game after game, even after scoring first in their matches, but still they are the only team in the Premier League to yet lose a game after 10 matches now.
This shock between Red Devils and Spurs promised a lot, as with only 2 minutes played, Park rattled Gomes’ right post, while Nani had a shot saved easily, and Spurs did not let these attacks shake their belief, as Lennon looked menacing on his right flank while Van Der Vaart at the other end saw his left foot strike cannon off Van Der Sar’s right post as well. But the first goal came on the 31st minute, as Nani send a floating freekick in the box, and Vidic did well to win his duel against Assou-Ekotto to head home past Gomes. Spurs could have equalized at the other end minutes later, but Van Der Sar made a brilliant save to deny Modric to hold on to the 1-goal lead at half time.
The second half started like the first, with United putting pressure but both Chicharito and Berbatov failed to get clear shots on target. The latter was even subbed around the 60th minute, may be with the Champions League match in mind in midweek. United again then started their bad habits, that of allowing the opposition to dominate the game while they defend deep. Fortunately for them Spurs were not really in top form to cause real trouble, and eventually the controversial moment arrived. It seemed to be a penalty for Nani as he was clearly held back by a Spurs defender, but despite going down the ref did not whistle, and in the same action, Nani hand-balled, still however no flag or whistle from the officials. Gomes rushed out and claimed the ball, and went some steps ahead to place it, assuming it was a freekick in his favor. However, Nani was still lurking in the box, and with the officials gesturing for play to continue, Gomes then realized that no freekick was awarded, neither play had been stopped, while Nani was only some centimeters from the ball, and lashed it towards the net. Gomes’ diving effort failed to stop the ball, while the officials awarded the goal. The Spurs’ players then ran towards the linesman to make their feelings heard, while the referee as well went over to clear things up with his linesman, while Ferdinand got in the mix as well. Eventually the goal was allowed to stand, which is the correct decision if the referee had not blew his whistle for any foul, but on behalf of the officials decision, it was a real mix-up. They should either have signaled a penalty as Nani went down, else if it was not a penalty, then it was clearly a hand-ball by Nani afterwards as he fell and tried to cling on to the ball. Spurs were still fuming over that second goal after the match, but it was of no use as United claimed the 3 points, and an after match analysis of the incident by the French television broadcasting the match made sure the ref did not blow his whistle at any point in time during the incident where Nani was brought down, handled and then scored afterwards.
In other games, Arsenal had to wait for 88 minutes to eventually net the winner against West Ham, as the Hammers goalkeeper, Green, kept the Gunners at bay for a long time before finally giving away a goal as Song went for a diving header, while Chelsea kept their distances after their 1-2 win over Blackburn, courtesy of Anelka and Ivanovic. The major upset was for Man City, as they lost away to Wolves, 2-1, despite taking the lead via Adebayor.