10-Men Of Man United Hold On For A Draw

Manchester United have gone back to the top of the Premier League table after a goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.

Edwin Van Der Sar returned in goal for United. Rafael da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra started in defence. Luis Nani, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs made up the midfield with Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney playing up front.

Man United got off to a bright start with Rooney lashing wide from a tight angle almost immediately, that was followed minutes later with a 20-yard effort from the striker, which was well saved by Heurelho Gomes.

Spurs came more into the game with Peter Crouch missing a good chance. Luka Modric found Alan Hutton, his cross found Crouch whose effort fell wide of the post.

Halfway through the first half, Rooney was testing Gomes again. A one-two between Berbatov and Rooney ended with a low shot by Rooney, Gomes managed to get down and save with his right hand.

Rafael had been having a great game he made a few brilliant runs but showed a little bit of inexperience when he went in high on Wilson Palacios, which resulted in a yellow card.

Gareth Bale hadn't really done much but some great play by him ended with Rafael Van Der Vaart heading just wide at the near post.

The teams went into half time at 0-0. It had been a fairly even first half, which Spurs just about edged.

The first few opportunities of the second half fell to United. Giggs, who was making his 600th appearance volleyed wide from 20-yards out. Carrick headed wide and Rooney brought out another save from Gomes.

Tottenham also had a few efforts, most of them came from needless free kicks or some sloppy play. Fortunately for United, they never really troubled Van Der Sar.

Luis Nani had a ineffective game, he didn't really do too much. Sir Alex Ferguson's first change was to bring the Portuguese off and bring on Anderson. With Nani off, Rooney moved to the right with Berbatov playing as a lone striker.

Man United had to play the final 17 minutes with 10 men after Rafael was shown a second yellow card. Rafael was tracking back and according to referee Mike Dean, he caught the ankle of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Rooney was also shown a yellow card, he was booked for dissent after complaining about Rafael's sending off.

United's second substitution was to bring Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on for Berbatov. Hernandez' first contribution to the game was a sloppy ball to Giggs, which was intercepted by Van Der Vaart, his 15-yard strike flew over the crossbar.

Unsurprisingly it was Tottenham who had most of the possession and chances for the remaining minutes but failed to capitalize on their advantage.

Rafael had played well until he was harshly sent off by Vidic had a very, very good game in the heart of Man United's defence. It was a very tight game, United are still unbeaten in the league and are top of the league but didn't play very well so leaving with a point isn't too bad. Definitely a point game, not two points lost.

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