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Saturday, 2 December, 2000, 16:54 GMT
Man Utd sink Spurs
Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes opens the scoring for Manchester United
Manchester United 2-0 Spurs

Manchester United's relentless pursuit of another title continued as Spurs became their eighth successive Premiership victims.

Paul Scholes scored another vital goal to end the Spurs mini-revival and keep United's seemingly unstoppable bandwagon rolling.

Substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added the second six minutes from time when Scholes turned provider.

Sir Alex Ferguson's championship pace-setters were not at their fluent best against a determined and well-organised Spurs.

But United's ability to grind out results as well as produce stylish performances has served them well - and did so again in front of another packed house at Old Trafford.

United - with an eight point cushion at the Premiership summit - exerted almost total domination in the first half.

But Spurs, with confidence and resilience lifted by a recent upturn in fortunes, kept the champions at arm's length until almost half time.

Sol Campbell., constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford, marshalled the Spurs rearguard as United poured forward.

Nicky Butt
Butt challenges Campbell
Captain Roy Keane should have put United ahead after 14 minutes.

The Irishman was put clear by David Beckham but his finish floated wide of the far post.

Spurs had a narrow escape from a potentially embarrassing situation eight minutes later.

Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan completely miscued Chris Perry's back pass and was fortunate to see it drift just wide.

United's main moment of danger came when Les Ferdinand wrestled possession from Mikael Silvestre and forced Fabien Barthez into a diving save.


We were exceptional in the first half, but we are not getting carried away. It's early days
  Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
United's supremacy in territory and possession was rewarded six minutes before the interval with another classic goal from the Scholes collection.

Teddy Sheringham's cross found Scholes at the far post, and he turned inside Stephen Carr before beating Sullivan from a tight angle.

United should have wrapped the game up two minutes into the second half with another beautifully constructed move.

Sheringham released Nicky Butt but Sullivan blocked with his legs.

Anderton
Sheringham beats Anderton

The majority of United's chances were falling to Butt and he was in prime position again to score after 62 minutes.

The midfielder was put in by Dwight Yorke, but again Sullivan was well positioned to save.

Spurs had made little impact on United's defence, a fact reflected when boss Graham replaced struggling Chris Armstrong with Willem Korsten.

It gave Spurs a greater share of possession - but United demonstrated their squad strength after 73 minutes when Ryan Giggs and Solskjaer replaced Butt and Yorke.


United gave a fantastic first half performance and we had a lot of luck. Alex has got the perfect blend here
  Spurs manager George Graham
United's first real scare came with 12 minutes left.

Ferdinand hooked the ball goalwards past Barthez, but Gary Neville beat Korsten to the loose ball to clear.

Ferguson's side were suddenly living dangerously as Spurs sensed that, they could still snatch a point despite United's superiority.

Sullivan was on hand to rescue Spurs again with a save from Sheringham - but it was a brief reprieve as Solskjaer added a second with six minutes left.

Scholes put the Norwegian clear and he finished with his usual expertise to snuff out any hopes Spurs had of springing a surprise.

United ended the game in total control, a state of affairs that also reflects their position in the Premiership.


Man Utd: Barthez, G. Neville, P. Neville, Brown, Silvestre, Beckham, Butt, Keane, Scholes, Yorke, Sheringham.
Subs: Van Der Gouw, Solskjaer, Irwin, Giggs, Greening.

Tottenham: Sullivan, Campbell, Carr, Perry, Anderton, Sherwood, Ferdinand, Armstrong, Clemence, King, Thelwell. Subs: Walker, Freund, Korsten, Davies, Vega.

Referee: G Poll (Tring).

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