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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur as it happened


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By Chris Whyatt

2225: Daunting stuff from United - but it's early days. Thanks for your company as ever. The rest of this transfer window feels so critical to so many teams. Just nine days left. Clock's ticking...

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Darren from London: "Good win for United. Still look lightweight in midfield though. Need to buy an attacking midfielder. Sir Alex on a shopping trip to Milan perhaps?"

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "That performance was absolutely fantastic. It was very even in the first half, but in the second we just took off. I'm pleased with the young side - it showed we still believe in young players, and also you can see the ability they've got. Danny Welbeck is a rangey, long-legged boy, he gallops really quickly and has a great attitude. Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney... they all have different qualities and you have to utilise the team as best you can. It's going to be a big problem for me."

Adam Clatworthy on Twitter: "I didn't think much of Spurs signing [Brad] Friedel, but there's no doubt they feel much more secure with him in goal."

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Andrew on the M6: "Just landed in Manchester airport from a lovely week in the sun. Check score with anticipation of a Spurs win. Obviously badly mistaken. New signings please."

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Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Arsenal, with the way they are at the moment, will be worried about coming here to Manchester United on Sunday. They've got the travel to Udinese for that match on Thursday. And the Samir Nasri question. Arsene Wenger looks like a man at the crossroads at the moment."

Manchester United defender Phil Jones: "We know what we're about - we've got good experience, as well as good young players, and we have a good mix for a fantastic team. We've got a lot of energy in this side and that showed today."

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck on Sky Sports: "We received a few wise words at half time and came out from there and fired on all cylinders. Every single point is vital so we need to get as many wins as possible and keep the ball rolling."

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Dan in Brittany: "Great result for Utd's kids but full credit to Spurs: how many other teams will come to OT this season and get 20 shots at goal, 12 of which on target?"

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty's full-time snap-shot from Old Trafford: "United very impressive after the break, and 3-0 a fair score. But Spurs disappeared down a very large hole there."

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BBC Radio 5 live's Alan Green: "I do wonder why Dimitar Berbatov is still at Old Trafford. What incentive can there be, apart from a big pay packet? A striker of his quality surely has to look for pastures new in these circumstances. Phil Jones... he is undoubtedly ready. He could also do a job for United in defensive midfield. And wasn't Chris Smalling good. He nullified Gareth Bale."

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Anonymous texts on 81111: "Amazing performance from Welbeck. As brilliant as Hernandez was last season, how will Fergie accomodate them both and Rooney in the line-up? Real selection headache."

Full time

90 mins: David De Gea smothers Tom Huddlestone's low shot, and Jermain Defoe slashes at the ball in his hands. Bit of a stand-off between the mis-matched pair. Nothing doing.

Rooney goal (87 mins): Rampant United boss it down by the Stretford End/ North Stand corner flag, Ryan Giggs charges onto the ball to chisel over a peachy right-footed cross which Wayne Rooney gets his newly-flourishing head of hair on to.


85 mins: Two left-foot sizzlers from Tottenham flair factory Rafael Van der Vaart but David De Gea deals with them easily.

84 mins: Yet another cunning cross from United winger Nani but Wayne Rooney shins it over the bar from underneath the bar.

82 mins: Triple substitution from flying Manchester United. Javier Hernandez replaces Danny Welbeck, whom Ferguson smiles at like the proudest of fathers. Park-Ji Sung comes on for Ashley Young while grandad Ryan Giggs - remember him? - replaces Tom Cleverley.

Someone has struck the woodwork
78 mins: Ah! Spurs go close as Jermain Defoe cracks the ball against the post after David De Gea flaps at the ball.

Anderson goal (75 minutes): Hot knife. Check. Butter. Check. Flowing move involving Ashley Young then Wayne Rooney sees Anderson release Danny Welbeck in the box. Instead of pulling the trigger, he pulls off a cheeky back-heel to flummox the Spurs defence as Anderson runs onto it to cushion the ball home jubilantly.


73 mins: Straight into Friedel's white-hot hands. Here's Spurs' Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, on for Nico Krancjar. And Tom Huddlestone replacing Jake Livermore. Dice rolled by Tottenham.

72 mins: Pace drops, no, United play keep ball then move up through the gears. Corner ball. Nani to take...

69 mins: All United. Goalscorer Danny Welbeck, confidence now really coursing through his veins, has a decently-struck overhead kick saved by Brad Friedel - who is doing some serious overtime. Harry Redknapp looking to change things up now. Young Phil Jones makes a nice interception as Jermain Defoe seeks a rare gap.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Lots of talk about big-money buys at Manchester United but that was a perfect home-grown goal. Lovely delivery by Tom Cleverley and a fine Danny Welbeck header. You wonder if Spurs really believe they can actually get anything from this game."

64 mins: On-song Wayne Rooney is everywhere in M16. Brad Freidel is forced to make another fine save from the England striker's devious free-kick before the United forward shoots just over seconds later.

Welbeck goal (61 mins): Simple but superb. Chris Smalling lays back for Tom Cleverley, who - from the right wing - whips a perfect cross over for Danny Welbeck, who is lurking between Spurs defenders, to head home into the corner without fuss. Brutally effective.


60 mins: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp lets his head drop. Why? Rafael Van der Vaart just shanked a 40-yarder over the bar. Tottenham focus wavering like an indecisive floating voter.

58 mins: Danny Welbeck nods on for Ashley Young to miscue a volley over Tottenham's bar. The winger hit it a shade early.

56 mins: United in the ascendancy, Wayne Rooney prompting...

52 mins: Touch of a born footballer from Wayne Rooney sets Anderson up for a shot which Brad Friedel parries. Rooney follows up with the shot of a born librarian, kicking the ball clumsily into the turf.

50 mins: Poor from Gareth Bale, who shoots wide when Jermain Defoe was better placed - menacingly free actually - to his left. Aaron Lennon then dallies on the bye-line with a posse of Tottenham team-mates awaiting. His eventual cross was blocked.

47 mins: Lengthy passage of play in which United manage to keep the ball in and around the penalty area culminates in Ashley Young, who does have space, somewhat scuffing a low shot into Brad Friedel's arms. As in the first half, now here's Spurs...

46 mins: Spurs get the second half under way. Their right-back Kyle Walker vomited during the half-time break, we hear, so Vedran Corluka has replaced him...

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Luke in Glasgow: "Kranjcar very rarely giving the ball away. However he's picking out Dawson and Kaboul far more than he's picking out Defoe or Van der Vaart. That's the difference between a player worth £8m and a player worth £30m (Modric)."

2059: It's all set up this one. Tottenham need some real belief. To forget about the weight of history. United have more on the bench, probably, but impressive Spurs could just nick something. No?

Joe Oliver on Twitter: "Spurs fans in great voice as always! Old Trafford makes the Emirates seem like Rio carnival!"

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Jon (Spurs fan) in Eastleigh: "We're moving it around nicely but seeing nothing of it in the final third. That's gonna be the story of our season if we don't sign a striker."

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty's half-time snap-shot from Old Trafford: "United have come closest in an even first 45 minutes but Tottenham look solid and well-organised - just a shame they are missing the additional creativity of Luka Modric."

Half time

47 mins: Tottenham's Aaron Lennon screws one wide. Wayne Rooney's dropping deep. Spurs have certainly held their own.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "David de Gea has just acknowledged the Stretford End with a thumbs-up after he uses the ball well from a clearance. Manchester United's fans are really getting behind the young Spanish goalkeeper on his Premier League home debut."

43 mins: Spurs' Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart tries his luck but goalkeeper David De Gea eats his left-foot shot up cleanly.

42 mins: Wayne Rooney might have drew a foul from Jake Livermore... but the referee lets play continue... but Nani shanks a wild one over the Tottenham crossbar. The visitors break quickly.

40 mins: Michael Dawson's 'Hollywood' pass, albeit a decent one, is headed away with thumping conviction by United right-back Chris Smalling. The Spurs centre-back then gets back to his day job with a sturdy, but late, challenge on Ashley Young. He's duly booked.

Yellow card
37 mins: Benoit Assou-Ekotto drives one of those tiny budget cars. Top man. Jonny Evans is booked for a raw challenge on Tottenham playmaker Rafael Van der Vaart.

32 mins: Nico Kranjcar pulls the ball down adroitly to find space on the edge of the box but his left-foot shot is not strong enough to test David De Gea too much. Harry Redknapp screaming on sidelines.

29 mins: Sumptuous cross from United forward Wayne Rooney, stood up at an angle, but Ashley Young has too much time to think about it and only succeeds in heading across the goal - and wide.

26 mins: Settling ever so slightly now, but it's still hugely engaging. Both teams want the ball, both teams want to attack, both teams fully committed. United on the attack now...

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James in Kidderminster: "Good to see lots of future England internationals tonight. Smalling, Jones, Cleverly, Walker, Livermore not to forget Young, Lennon and Rooney!! Plus Redknapp!!"

22 mins: Wayne Rooney plays Nani down the line with real skill, and the Portuguese winger loops the ball across the face of Tottenham's goal. Danny Welbeck, panting hard, could not make it in time to connect such was the pace of United's break. And Nani does it once again, whipping the ball across super-early... superb... though wincing Michael Dawson prevents Rooney from connecting.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Spurs have been on the rough end of some poor decisions in recent years at OId Trafford - and Harry Redknapp is already furious as referee Lee Probert misses Phil Jones' foul on Gareth Bale on the edge of the area and a clear handball from the defender seconds later."

17 mins: Aaron Lennon checks back on a run when he shouldn't have, then some penetration from Gareth Bale. Spurs not being bullied. Ashley Young testing Kyle Walker though. Can't blink.

14 mins: Eeeeeeeeoooooooo.... David De Gea tries some trickery in front of his own goal. Nips past Rafael van der Vaart, just, who then trips him. TV cameras pan immediately to Edwin Van der Sar.

11 mins: Younes Kaboul looks well up for this, sliding in on Young with timing so immaculate he could almost be Swiss.

9 mins: Brad Friedel is almost exactly twice counterpart David De Gea's age. He's also the oldest Spurs player since World War II... and he's just made a world-class save from Tom Cleverley, tipping the youngster's superb low snap-shot just round the post.

6 mins: United's student-aged defence clear some danger as Tottenham look to break. Already throbbing this here match.

4 mins: Seconds later Spurs debutant Friedel cuddles Rooney's powder-puff header after Van der Vaart gives the ball away.

3 minutes: Early action. Alert and important challenge from Kaboul as Welbeck shapes to shoot following Ashley Young's low cross.

2000: Peep peep! We're off. Hold tight...

1957: Sea of red. 'Champions 19' scarves everywhere you look. The players stream out onto the gleaming pitch. This, sit up and take note, is United's second ever youngest starting XI in the Premier League. Doffed caps to Infostrada Sports for that little gem.

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Dave in Harrow: "Kranjcar, Bale, VDV and Defoe in the line up, as well as intro of Huddlestone. I fancy Spurs to score a couple with De Gea's vulnerability to the long-range shot."

Dave Cheshire on Twitter: "Seriously young side at OT tonight. If United win that sends out a message to the rest of the Premier League."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "We had a good start to the season [with a win at West Brom], especially considering our away form last season, now let's hope we can continue our home form from last season. Our backline is young, yes, but there's plenty of Premier League experience among them - I have no fears about them at all. And I'm not worried about [keeper David] De Gea either, no problem."

BBC Radio 5 Live
1947: Messrs Motson, Chapman, Lawrenson... all happily chewing the pre-match fat on BBC Radio 5 live, who will have full match commentary when it kicks off at 2000 BST.

1943: Looking the picture of sartorial elegance, there's Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. All Gucci, all Prada. Erm. His assistant David Platt is parked next to him. Down on the pitch, Phil Jones warms up for his Premier League debut with the most successful club in English football with a Simon Le Bon (peak of 80s powers) hairdo.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Manchester United are without injured Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic while Fabio da Silva is left out. They are replaced by Phil Jones, Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans. Spurs make one change from the side that beat Hearts 5-0 in the Europa League at Tynecastle, with summer signing Brad Friedel preferred in goal to Heurelho Gomes."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "I couldn't tell you the record here [at Old Trafford] - I honestly don't know - I've only been here a couple of years, before that had nothing to do with me! This is a special place, though, and I love bringing a team here. As for Luka Modric - he's not here but he's a great player and we need him to stay and want him to stay. Without Luka we won't be as strong - and that's the message the chairman has sent all along, that he's not for sale, which is great. We want to keep our best players and add one or two to them."

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Adam from Kidderminster texts: "Even with Man United's inexperienced defence, I fancy a home win here. Maybe a case of outscoring their opponents rather than a defensive game, or is that me being hopeful?"

Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Gomes, Huddlestone, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Corluka, Townsend.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

It's sunny
1927: Can anyone put a surreal slant on Redknapp's assertion that: "Modric's head is not in the right place"? I love that turn of phrase. Is Luka's face now where his knee used to be! Please do get in touch - with all your thoughts. Use Twitter (hashtag #BBCFootball) or text us via 81111 with FOOTBALL before your message. Stop the press. Sunny in Manchester. Tres beau.

1920: Yes, the precise score was 1-0 when Tottenham won at Old Trafford in 1989. Well done. Gareth Bale was five months old! No, you won't get any woeful dribbling gags out of me. That ridiculous decision I referred to earlier was when Pedro Mendes put the ball beyond keeper Roy Carroll - and a couple of thousand miles past the goal-line - a few years back. But no goal was awarded. Remember?

1917: Quick word from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who continues to be linked with Inter Milan's Dutchman Wesley Sneijder. He tells fans: "Don't fret about the transfer market. We have a good nucleus and the squad has time on its side to get better."

Manchester United's back four starters: Smalling; Jones, Evans; Evra.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Scarves commemorating United's record 19th domestic title have been placed on every seat at Old Trafford for the visit of Tottenham - and Harry Redknapp's side face a daunting prospect as they open their league season against the champions. United were unbeaten in the league at home last season and Spurs' task will not be made any easier by the absence of Luka Modric, missing as he remains unsettled by speculation of a move to Chelsea, while United's new goalkeeper David de Gea will be hoping to put his early season uncertainty behind him as he makes his home debut."

New signing Brad Friedel makes his Tottenham debut in goal.

1906: Twas' 1989 when Gary Lineker, you know, the MOTD presenter, helped Spurs win at Manchester United. Long time that. Though the Lilywhites have had cause for complaint in recent years with the odd contentious - who am I kidding - ridiculous decision. Just to confirm, Luka Modric has not travelled from London. Don't know whether he's north-east or south-west in the capital.

1900: Best player wants to leave. League season opener is delayed for nine days because streets around the home stadium were up in flames. Budget airline treks to Lithuanian unknowns await after a season of champagne jaunts to joust with some of the biggest clubs in the world. Wouldn't be a bad time for Tottenham to nab a first victory at Old Trafford since MC Hammer's heyday, would it?...

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As it stood on 22 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 2 5 6
2 Man Utd 2 4 6
3 Wolves 2 3 6
4 Aston Villa 2 2 4
5 Liverpool 2 2 4
6 Chelsea 2 1 4
7 Newcastle 2 1 4
8 Bolton 2 3 3
9 QPR 2 -3 3
10 Norwich 2 0 2
11 Stoke 2 0 2
12 Wigan 2 0 2
13 Sunderland 2 -1 1
14 Arsenal 2 -2 1
15 Fulham 2 -2 1
16 Swansea 2 -4 1
17 Everton 1 -1 0
18 West Brom 2 -2 0
19 Blackburn 2 -3 0
20 Tottenham 1 -3 0

see also
Man Utd in two commercial deals
22 Aug 11 |  Business
Man Utd 3-0 Tottenham
22 Aug 11 |  Premier League
Ferguson has faith in youngsters
20 Aug 11 |  Man Utd
Spurs close in on Diarra signing
19 Aug 11 |  Tottenham
Hearts 0-5 Tottenham
19 Aug 11 |  Europe
West Brom 1-2 Man Utd
14 Aug 11 |  Premier League
Spurs game only postponed match
11 Aug 11 |  Football

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