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Tottenham   1 - 3   Man Utd

Ryan Giggs scores a free-kick at Spurs
Giggs curls home a fabulous free-kick to level it for Manchester United

By Jonathan Stevenson

Manchester United produced a superb display to fight back from a goal behind and win away at Tottenham, despite Paul Scholes' sending off.

Spurs went ahead when Jermain Defoe fired in an acrobatic overhead kick only 38 seconds in, but Ryan Giggs' majestic free-kick levelled matters.

Anderson fired home his first United goal from the edge of the box, before Scholes saw red for two bookings.

Peter Crouch hit the crossbar, but Wayne Rooney's solo goal wrapped it up.

Rooney's goal was an exhibition of counter-attacking play from the 10 men and a brutal response to those wondering whether United would carry the same threat without Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

It was a thoroughly deserved victory, especially as United were forced to play for over half an hour without Scholes against a team that had won all four of their Premier League games this season.

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And until Scholes' unfortunate dismissal, it was the two old stagers of the side in the former England midfielder and Giggs who brilliantly led United's renaissance, after they succumbed to the quickest goal of the campaign thus far.

With only 38 seconds on the clock and White Hart Lane still a veritable cauldron of anticipatory noise, Defoe produced a moment of sheer class to stun the champions.

Red card was a bit harsh - Giggs

Under pressure from Crouch as he tried to deal with a long ball into the United box, Nemanja Vidic could only head into the air and Defoe pounced to dispatch a magnificent overhead kick into the bottom corner from eight yards.

The occasionally unplayable Crouch went close with two long-range volleys, but as the game wore on the influence of Scholes and Giggs gradually increased and with 25 minutes on the clock, the Welsh wizard conjured up yet another memorable moment in his stellar career.

After Dimitar Berbatov had been brought down by Wilson Palacios, the 35-year-old, who was captain for the day on his 700th start for United, bent a quite wonderful free-kick into Carlo Cuducini's top corner to keep up his record of scoring in every Premier League season since its inception in 1992.

Jermain Defoe scores Tottenham's opener
Defoe produces a supreme finish to give Spurs an early lead

United were suddenly flying and - prompted by Scholes - some of their football was an absolute joy to behold. In the space of 10 seconds, Cudicini saved from Rooney, Berbatov's shot was blocked on the line by Sebastien Bassong and the Bulgarian then fired over.

The visitors deserved to go in front, but when they did their goal came from a most unlikely source.

A corner from the United right was half-cleared to Scholes and after his shot hit Ledley King, Anderson rifled in his first competitive United goal in his 76th appearance from the edge of the box.

Spurs needed half-time to reassess and the introduction of Jermaine Jenas almost paid immediate dividends, but after he teed up Robbie Keane to shoot the striker's effort was expertly deflected over by Vidic.

Jenas himself went close when Foster tipped away his curling 25-yarder, before Crouch rose highest to power a header against the United crossbar as Spurs piled the pressure on.

United's task appeared to get harder when Scholes was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner for two fouls, the second a very harsh decision after a collision with Tom Huddlestone.

Redknapp regrets missed opportunity

But United and Rooney in particular were proving a real menace on the break and after he saw one shot tipped against the bar by Cudicini, he settled it with their next attack.

Fletcher's long-range pass found Rooney outside the Spurs box and he easily foxed Alan Hutton before keeping his cool to slot between the legs of the advancing Cudicini.

Ominously for the rest of the league, United - so often slow starters - moved up to second in the Premier League.

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 1-3 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Defoe 1
  • Giggs 25
  • Anderson 41
  • Rooney 78

Tottenham

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 35,785
TOTTENHAM
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Tottenham 47%
  • Man Utd 53%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 7
  • Man Utd 13

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 4
  • Man Utd 4

Corners

  • Tottenham 3
  • Man Utd 9

Fouls

  • Tottenham 16
  • Man Utd 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:08 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:51 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line.
  • 90:00+1:14 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in. Wayne Rooney challenges Ledley King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:24 Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
  • 85:04 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line.
  • 84:40 Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
  • 84:22 Shot by Darren Fletcher. Carlo Cudicini makes a save. Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 83:33 Shot from just outside the box by Patrice Evra misses to the right of the target.
  • 81:39 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
  • 80:44 Substitution Luis Nani is brought on as a substitute for Oliveira Anderson.
  • 78:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Peter Crouch. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:30 Assist by Darren Fletcher.
  • 77:30 GOAL - Wayne RooneyTottenham 1 - 3 Man Utd Wayne Rooney grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-3 Man Utd.
  • 76:29 Peter Crouch fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Huddlestone, save made by Ben Foster.
  • 74:57 Foul by Peter Crouch on John O'Shea, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:04 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line to the near post, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:19 Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
  • 72:19 Booking Jermaine Jenas is cautioned.
  • 72:13 Unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Jermaine Jenas results in a free kick.
  • 71:17 Substitution Niko Kranjcar on for Robbie Keane.
  • 71:02 Patrice Evra has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 68:23 Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 68:23 Substitution Vedran Corluka leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Hutton.
  • 68:23 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by John O'Shea results in a free kick.
  • 66:48 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, Robbie Keane manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:38 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 63:45 The referee gives a free kick against Jermain Defoe for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 62:56 Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 61:23 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Carrick coming on for Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 60:29 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 59:49 The official flags Wayne Rooney offside. Ledley King takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:29 Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 58:29 Sent off Paul Scholes shown a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 58:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Paul Scholes.
  • 56:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Carlo Cudicini takes the free kick.
  • 54:45 Jermaine Jenas has a curled shot. Fantastic save by Ben Foster. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line, Peter Crouch takes a shot.
  • 53:52 Nemanja Vidic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 53:11 The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 52:03 The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 51:28 Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 51:28 Booking Ledley King goes into the referee's book.
  • 51:24 Ledley King concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scholes.
  • 50:31 Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:31 Booking The referee shows Paul Scholes a yellow card.
  • 50:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Jermain Defoe.
  • 47:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 47:12 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • 45:01 Substitution Wilson Palacios leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 45:00+2:08 Wayne Rooney is caught offside. Ledley King takes the free kick.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:03 Free kick crossed by Tom Huddlestone, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 45:00+0:03 Booking The referee cautions Nemanja Vidic for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick.
  • 43:42 Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. Carlo Cudicini takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:37 Paul Scholes challenges Wilson Palacios unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 40:22 GOAL - Oliveira AndersonTottenham 1 - 2 Man Utd Oliveira Anderson scores a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-2 Man Utd.
  • 39:48 Darren Fletcher takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
  • 37:54 Paul Scholes fouled by Robbie Keane, the ref awards a free kick. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Aaron Lennon. Wilson Palacios restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:18 Wayne Rooney challenges Vedran Corluka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ledley King restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Darren Fletcher. Carlo Cudicini takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:31 Shot from 20 yards by Jermain Defoe. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 31:53 Outswinging corner taken by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Peter Crouch misses to the right of the target.
  • 31:21 The offside flag is raised against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 30:39 Aaron Lennon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 29:43 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini. Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in. Effort on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 28:54 Effort from just outside the box by Tom Huddlestone goes over the bar.
  • 27:30 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 26:58 A cross is delivered by Darren Fletcher, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 24:18 Assist on the goal came from Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 24:18 GOAL - Ryan GiggsTottenham 1 - 1 Man Utd Free kick scored by Ryan Giggs from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 23:04 Booking The referee shows Wilson Palacios a yellow card.
  • 22:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Wilson Palacios.
  • 21:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 20:44 Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Vedran Corluka takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:58 Jermain Defoe concedes a free kick for a foul on Rio Ferdinand. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
  • 13:47 Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Centre by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 13:06 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 12:39 The official flags Wayne Rooney offside. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 10:45 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Darren Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:17 Foul by Jermain Defoe on Paul Scholes, free kick awarded. Oliveira Anderson takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:52 Darren Fletcher fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
  • 7:18 Ledley King challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 6:22 Peter Crouch takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
  • 6:01 The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Ledley King restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:32 Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
  • 3:24 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 2:52 Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
  • 1:47 Paul Scholes has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 1:30 Unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 0:38 GOAL - Jermain DefoeTottenham 1 - 0 Man Utd Jermain Defoe finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Premier League results

12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 3-1 Wolverhampton R
Liverpool 4-0 Burnley R
Man City 4-2 Arsenal R
Portsmouth 2-3 Bolton R
Stoke 1-2 Chelsea R
Sunderland 4-1 Hull R
Tottenham 1-3 Man Utd R
Wigan 1-0 West Ham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 15
2 Man Utd 5 8 12
3 Man City 4 6 12
4 Tottenham 5 5 12
5 Liverpool 5 6 9
6 Sunderland 5 2 9
7 Stoke 5 -2 7
8 Arsenal 4 5 6
9 Aston Villa 3 2 6
10 Wigan 5 -4 6
11 Burnley 5 -7 6
12 West Ham 4 0 4
13 Blackburn 4 -1 4
14 Birmingham 4 -1 4
15 Wolverhampton 5 -4 4
16 Hull 5 -7 4
17 Bolton 4 -2 3
18 Fulham 3 -3 3
19 Everton 3 -5 3
20 Portsmouth 5 -7 0

see also
Saturday football as it happened
12 Sep 09 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
12 Sep 09 |  Football
Scholes' red card angers Ferguson
12 Sep 09 |  Premier League


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