Another boring draw by Manchester United tonight as they faced Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but a lucky one for them as Tottenham dominated throughout the match, and to compound misery on the Red Devils, Rafael saw red 15 minutes before the final whistle, leaving his team-mates battling hard to hold on to the unbeaten run in the Premier League, and take one point home.
United could have been a goal ahead in the early minutes, but Rooney shot wide, and it seemed that the game could well end in many goals for either side, but Spurs got their grasp on the game as United looked more willing to sit back and soak the pressure. Bale was giving Rafael a rough ride on the wing, and Spurs looked more like the ones to score instead as they dominated possession and pressurized the United defense. Surprisingly however, the score was still 0-0 at half-time, and a reaction was awaited from United’s side.
United started the second half looking more concentrated, but failed to trouble Spurs’ back line, although Rooney had Gomes called into action to keep out a powerful shot. Spurs gained control soon after, and United were in trouble on the 75th minute when Rafael got his marching orders for a second yellow, and United were left with 10 men to hold on to the Spurs wave and eventually got away with a precious point, which levels them with Man City at the top of the table, but with a better goal difference than the Citizens, and 2 games in hand.
Nani was ineffective for the 62 minutes he played, Assou-Ekotto always had him in the back pocket, and was rightly subbed for Anderson instead. I still firmly believe Fergie must dig in the wallet and at least get a decent winger, Giggs is too old nowadays to grace us with his mazy runs past opponents, although he did try a couple of times in the game, but not succeeding as he used to in his prime. Hopefully the Red Devils will play a better game in their next match, while Rafael will be purging his suspension.
There were 3 other games held today as well, and all of them ended in draws, the Birmingham derby saw Birmingham-Aston Villa end 1-1, same score for Sunderland-Newcastle, while the Merseyside derby saw Liverpool and Everton draw 2-2.