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Man Utd   2 - 0   Tottenham

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes (right) protests after Nani struck
Nani's goal met with a furious reaction from the Tottenham players

By Paul Fletcher

Nani scored a controversial second goal as Manchester United continued their fine record against Tottenham.

Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes rolled the ball out for a free-kick after Nani had clearly handled the ball but the United player had not been penalised.

Nani then struck the ball into an empty net, much to the Spurs players' fury.

Nemanja Vidic had earlier headed home a free-kick from Nani, who also hit the woodwork, as United extended their unbeaten run against Spurs to 26 games.

Tottenham's last win at Old Trafford remains the 1-0 victory in December 1989, when Gary Lineker struck the winner.

Spurs, who stay fifth in the table but are now 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, have not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season.

And, even more worryingly, the influential Rafael Van der Vaart limped off with a tight hamstring in the latter stages.

But there was plenty to encourage manager Harry Redknapp as he tries to mould a team capable of challenging for the title.

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Tottenham did play plenty of attractive football - with Van der Vaart striking the woodwork - and more than matched United for long periods of the contest.

The home team have been wasteful at times this season, dropping six points from winning positions, including a 2-2 draw against West Brom after leading 2-0.

But after Nani's controversial goal was allowed to stand by referee Mark Clattenburg in the final minutes, United were able to close out the game with relative ease and remain third in the table, five points behind Chelsea.

United might have taken the lead inside two minutes when a crisp long-range strike from Ji-Sung Park smashed into the base of the post with Gomes well beaten.

Tottenham responded and Van der Vaart, who frequently dropped deep and found space in dangerous areas, crashed his thunderous left-foot strike against the United woodwork after eight minutes.

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Edwin van der Sar turned 40 on Friday but there was nothing wrong with his reflexes as he stopped a powerful strike from Luka Modric, while Van der Vaart missed with another effort from distance.

Robbie Keane made his second Premier League start of the season for Spurs as Peter Crouch dropped to the bench, and with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon out wide, the visiting team were extremely mobile across their front line.

However, for all their attractive attacking football, Tottenham often lacked a killer final ball, while United did occasionally prise open their opponents' defence.

Park shot wide after cutting inside, Rafael da Silva ended a surging run with a poor finish, and Gomes kept out a low strike from former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov, who has now gone six games without scoring.

But for all that there was to admire from both sides, the opening goal came via Vidic's thudding header after Spurs completely failed to pick up the defender as Nani swung in a free-kick from a wide area.

Bale had a relatively quiet match but did catch the eye with one electric run into the United area 10 minutes after the restart before shooting narrowly wide.

Spurs continued to create some promising positions but it was becoming increasingly evident that they were missing the extra option that a target man would provide, and Roman Pavlyuchenko replaced Keane after 61 minutes.

The substitute struck the side netting from 20 yards and Van der Sar denied Van der Vaart as the London side continued to press.

Javier Hernandez went close for United, while Nani thought he should have been awarded a penalty seconds before he scored his controversial goal.

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The Portugal international fell in the box and appealed for a spot-kick but, despite clearly handling the ball as he went down, he was not penalised by Clattenburg.

Gomes obviously thought differently and rolled the ball out as though his team had been given a free-kick, and he was punished when Nani slotted the ball home as the bewildered Spurs keeper looked on.

Arguments ensued, first between the United players and the assistant referee when it appeared he had ruled out the goal, and then between the Tottenham players and Clattenburg when the referee overruled his colleague.

Play eventually resumed, but with only six minutes remaining there was too little time for Tottenham to recover a two-goal deficit.

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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Vidic 31
  • Nani 84

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 75,223
    MAN UTD
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Man Utd 48%
    • Tottenham 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 10
    • Tottenham 5

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 8
    • Tottenham 6

    Corners

    • Man Utd 1
    • Tottenham 4

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 12
    • Tottenham 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:08 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:54 Shot by Luis Nani.
    • 88:29 Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Wilson Palacios. Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.
    • 87:56 Darren Fletcher fouled by Luka Modric, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
    • 87:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
    • 86:16 Booking The referee books Luka Modric for dissent.
    • 86:03 Substitution Javier Hernandez goes off and Gabriel Obertan comes on.
    • 83:45 GOAL - Luis NaniMan Utd 2 - 0 Tottenham Luis Nani grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham.
    • 82:55 Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 81:07 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
    • 77:05 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Alan Hutton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
    • 76:17 Substitution Rafael Van der Vaart leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
    • 73:09 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:16 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
    • 70:29 Luis Nani has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 69:20 Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 68:28 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 67:26 Rafael Van der Vaart sends in a cross, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
    • 65:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 65:39 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Wilson Palacios coming on for Jermaine Jenas.
    • 63:36 Jermaine Jenas concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Luis Nani has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 63:36 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Wes Brown coming on for Rafael Da Silva.
    • 63:36 Substitution Paul Scholes on for Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 62:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by William Gallas. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 61:35 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 61:35 Substitution Robbie Keane goes off and Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on.
    • 59:06 Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 58:15 Alan Hutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
    • 55:45 Luis Nani sends in a cross, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance. Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
    • 55:23 Centre by Luis Nani, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 53:01 The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 50:18 The referee blows for offside. William Gallas takes the indirect free kick.
    • 49:40 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:10 Luka Modric sends in a cross, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 47:56 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
    • 47:02 Unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
    • 45:41 Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+1:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Darren Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 44:15 Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from left channel, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 43:15 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes. The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:23 Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 41:14 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Bale. Indirect free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 39:53 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
    • 39:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Ji-Sung Park. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:40 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 35:52 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Luka Modric takes a shot. Brilliant save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 35:44 Centre by Robbie Keane, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:13 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
    • 32:01 Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:31 Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:11 Unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Younes Kaboul results in a free kick. The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
    • 30:11 GOAL - Nemanja VidicMan Utd 1 - 0 Tottenham Nemanja Vidic finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham.
    • 29:27 Booking The referee cautions Younes Kaboul for unsporting behaviour.
    • 27:44 Shot from just outside the box by Javier Hernandez goes over the target.
    • 27:12 Handball decision goes against Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:00 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
    • 24:52 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 23:16 Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 22:29 Alan Hutton takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 21:54 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart played to the near post, clearance by Luis Nani.
    • 20:13 Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Younes Kaboul misses to the right of the target.
    • 19:30 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 17:12 Effort from the edge of the area by Rafael Da Silva goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 16:28 Javier Hernandez fouled by William Gallas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
    • 16:28 Booking William Gallas is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 15:53 Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 14:32 Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Jermaine Jenas results in a free kick. Luis Nani takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:44 Effort from deep inside the area by Ji-Sung Park misses to the left of the goal.
    • 11:08 The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:31 Rafael Van der Vaart produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 7:58 Rafael Van der Vaart produces a drilled left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that hits the post.
    • 6:27 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 5:22 Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
    • 4:26 Unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Rafael Van der Vaart results in a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:52 Luis Nani takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
    • 1:23 Ji-Sung Park has an effort at goal from long range hitting the post.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    As it stood on 30 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 10 24 25
    2 Arsenal 10 12 20
    3 Man Utd 10 10 20
    4 Man City 10 3 17
    5 Tottenham 10 1 15
    6 West Brom 9 -2 15
    7 Everton 10 2 13
    8 Fulham 10 1 12
    9 Sunderland 9 1 12
    10 Bolton 9 0 12
    11 Newcastle 9 1 11
    12 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
    13 Birmingham 9 -2 10
    14 Stoke 10 -4 10
    15 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    16 Wigan 10 -11 10
    17 Blackburn 10 -3 9
    18 Liverpool 9 -5 9
    19 Wolves 10 -6 9
    20 West Ham 10 -11 6

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