FT: Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1

FULL TIME. Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1.

United look to reply instantly but Valencia cuts down Assou-Ekotto on his run into the box and that should be it now.

Spurs have done it! Lennon has the presence of mind to play in Dempsey after De Gea punches away Assou-Ekotto's cross, and the forward calmly pokes the ball into the net to surely salvage a point for the hosts!


Rooney's pinpoint ball plays in Welbeck down the middle, but Lloris sprints out to hack away, clattering into the striker who nurses an injury on his way down.

Lennon has a pop after a mazy run into the penalty area, but Vidic snuffs out his effort as Spurs camp out in United's half with three minutes of time added on.

Defoe can't work his way past Ferdinand, who plays away to Rafael as the visitors look to control possession as we await the announcement for stoppage time added.

Valencia can't find Welbeck in behind Dawson, and with minutes to go both teams look likely to score as we enter what will surely be a dramatic finale.

Caulker heads on Walker's delivery, but it loops into the area and makes for a simple claim for De Gea on its way down.

Bale takes aim with a splendid effort from range, and a deflection nearly catches De Gea out as it trickles past the post for a corner.

Lennon heads forward, but Jones is on hand to deny Dempsey's effort, with Spurs pressing the issue now as they search for a much-deserved equaliser.

Another Van Persie delivery is met by the head of a Spurs defender, as Walker gets the ball clear and Spurs break before Dembele takes aim and smashes the ball well wide.

Valencia earns United a corner, which Van Persie takes, only for Dawson to powerfully head the ball away for the hosts. Brilliant action all over the pitch now.

Defoe takes aim once more, but De Gea is having a sterling game as he claims the shot with relative ease.

Tottenham make a change as Parker is replaced by Huddlestone.

United now break in kind, with Welbeck denied at the other end, before Caulker comes away with the ball, Rooney makes a cynical foul, and that's a yellow card for the striker.

Best opportunity of the game for Spurs, with Defoe played in by Dempsey, only for him to take his time getting a shot away, which allows Ferdinand to make a crucial sliding challenge.

Lennon deceives Carrick and gets his delivery in, but from Vidic's header, Defoe scuffs his shot, before Bale aims a tame header wide of goal. It would be harsh on Spurs if they don't get anything from this game.

Rafael catches Bale as the winger looked to advance with pace, and that earns him a yellow card.

Spurs get caught in possession, and as Jones delivers, Van Persie makes contact, forcing a terrfic save from Lloris, with the offside flag preventing Welbeck from tapping in on the rebound.

Cleverely makes way as Valencia enters the fray.

Dawson has to be alert to prevent Van Persie capitalising on Cleverley's deflected effort, with the end result a goal-kick after it appeared to come off Van Persie last.

Bale, who is capable of finding the net from 35 yards, shows his frustration with a lack of options and lets rip, but this time the ball lands well over the bar.

Cleverley takes a shot with a first time effort from Rooney's lay-off, but it was a tricky angle to shoot from and the midfielder can only fire wide.

Welbeck takes an elbow to the gut from Assou-Ekotto in an accidental collision which earns the visitors a free-kick just inside Tottenham's half.

Van Persie's lovely flick on to Rooney is superb, but his team-mate can't continue the move as his ball into Welbeck is snuffed out by Dawson.

Rafael is found on the overlap by Carrick, but his ball across goal finds Welbeck agonisingly making poor contact as he ends up directing the ball out of play.

Rooney leads the charge away from goal for United, before Walker cuts him off and Spurs apply much more pressure going forward now.

A Bale free-kick takes a touch from Caulker but Ferdinand clears, for the time being, as Dempsey is then found by Defoe with the forward's shot deflected into the side netting.

Naughton's game comes to an end as he is replaced by Assou-Ekotto.

Rooney is immediately in the thick of the action as he goes down in the box under Caulker, with play continuing under the orders of the referee. Rooney is not happy, to say the least.

Kagawa is off for Rooney as United make their first change.

Bale skips away from Jones, but his wonderful cross across the face of goal isn't pounced upon by either Defoe or Dempsey and United are let off the hook on this occasion.

The ball sits up nicely for Dempsey after Defoe's knock down, but the American's effort is at best and drifts horribly wide.

Walker looks to keep the ball in play but he can't keep it wondering out as United gain back possession from the throw-in.

Parker's ball into the box doesn't get past Jones, but Spurs persist as Lennon takes on Carrick, with terrific defending from the United man earning his side a goal-kick.

United's pressure near the byline fails to materialise into a chance, and after Naughton and Caulker cover Evra's advances, the result is a goal-kick.

Spurs play the ball around patiently, but again a loose pass lets them down as Dawson launches the ball out of play. Moments later, Dempsey slides in on Van Persie and concedes a free-kick.

Naughton sprays the ball out wide to Lennon, but it ends up fizzing past the Spurs winger who can't keep it in as Evra ushers it out for a goal-kick.

Evra marshalls Lennon, and heads on Bale's switched ball from the left, before Parker takes a tumble on the edge of the area with the referee waving play, much to Parker's chagrin.

United aim to respond on the break, but after Welbeck made strides down the left, Kagawa can only stab the ball wide with a horrible effort from 20 yards.

De Gea keeps United ahead with a wonderful save, as Dembele feeds in Dempsey skillfully before the Spaniard deflects his close-range shot behind for a corner.

Welbeck's drilled ball into Van Persie takes an awkward touch off Dawson, but fortunately for the defender the bal lands into the grateful arms of Lloris.

Ferdinand head into Parker's path, but the midfielder's shot is easily dealt with by Vidic, before Spurs, still on the attack, come close once more as Bale's drive is powered narrowly over the bar.

Caulker gets closest to it but he can only head away from goal, before Lennon's delivery clips off Evra and goes for another corner.

After a Welbeck shot heads wide for United, Bale gets to the byline at other end and earns Spurs a corner as Vidic makes the tackle.

Spurs come out the traps storming as Lennon feeds in Defoe, who off-balance, aims a shot on goal which ends up wildly wide of goal.

Man United get the game restarted.

HALF TIME. The corner comes to nothing and the first half ends Tottenham 0 Manchester United 1.

Spurs break with intent after Rafael's poor pass into Kagawa, and Carrick's excellent defending forces Dempsey's out for a corner.

Van Persie's corner is headed calmly away by Caulker, but it's still all United as the first half draws to an end.

Two minutes of added time to be played.

Welbeck's persistence down the byline sees the striker nearly poke the ball past Lloris at the near post, but the goalkeeper does wel in the end to concede a corner.

Evra enters the referee's book after hauling down Lennon on a break down the right, earning him a yellow card.

A brilliant exchange between Evra and Welbeck sets the latter away, but he can't cut the ball back into Van Persie's path and Caulker is able to clear.

Jones is hacked down by Parker on the edge of the box but play continues as United attack, before a poor ball from Cleverley travels behind goal.

Bale's delivery is exceptional, but Vidic gets his head to the ball first, before Bale's drive from the edge of the box is expertly parried by De Gea.

Dembele is reprimanded after ploughing into Kagawa, and United win a free-kick roughly 35-yards from goal.

Van Persie knocks the ball on for Welbeck, but Caulker comes across to clear as United enjoy a nice spell of possession in their opponents' half.

Dempsey and Defoe fail to read each other's intentions and in the end Defoe runs one way while Dempsey passes the other way.

Walker gets his head to Naughton's free-kick from the left, but a lack options result in a simple gather for De Gea.

Ferdinand tracks Dempsey's through ball into Defoe, before a risky backpass from Walker almost embarasses Lloris, who does well to hack it away in the end.

Fortunately for Spurs, they won't have any further reason to feel aggrieved as Van Persie's delivery curves outwards after initially travelling behind the goal-line.

Kagawa is lured into tugging down Dembele, but remarkably a free-kick isn't given and play continues, with Dawson on hand to deny Kagawa's shot finding the goal.

Spurs put the ball out of play so Evra can receives treatment, and Dawson is shown a yellow card for the tackle that left his opponent stricken.

After a spell of smart movement from United, a loose Jones pass carries far too much weight for Cleverley and it rolls past him and out of play, much to Spurs' relief.

Van Persie's aerial ability extends to his own area as he heads clear Walker's delivery from the corner, but Bale retrieves and forces a throw-in near the byline.

Spurs aim to reply instantly, and they come agonisingly close as Defoe's snatch shot forces a tremendous, instinctive save from De Gea at the near post.

It's a lovely goal from United, with Cleverley found on the right by Kagawa, whose deliver to the back post finds Van Persie who coolly heads the ball past Lloris. 1-0 to United!


A crucial interception from Vidic prevents Defoe latching on to Bale's flick, as Ferdinand sets away United once more.

After some neat, patient passing from Spurs, Naughton gives up the ghost with a poor ball down the line that ends up with a goal-kick to United.

Carrick heads away Walker's delivery, and United concede a corner, which is barely scrambled away by Ferdinand and Welbeck.

Yellow card for Carrick as he slides into the back of Dempsey and brings his opponent to the floor.

Welbeck, hogging the right side at the moment, links up play for United who at the moment are struggling to break into Spurs' half with any real purpose.

A clever throw from Naughton finds Bale near the byline, but the winger fails to control the ball and it ends up bouncing out for a goal-kick.

Lennon shows his incredible pace as he tracks back to tackle Evra, but as Spurs look to attack down the left, Rio Ferdinand gets across to clear away from Defoe.

Defoe and Vidic clash heads in a nasty looking exchange, with both men fortunate not to come out of the collision with anything worse than bumps.

Naughton picks out the run of Defoe, but it's a poor ball from the left-back and Defoe is left wanting as the ball runs out of play.

United are pressed feverishly by Spurs, as Kagawa's possession ends as he has to play back to De Gea under the looming threat of Parker.

Great chance for Spurs. Lennon unleashes a shot on goal from the edge of the box, but after De Gea's spillage, Defoe can only knock the ball back into the keeper's arms.

Van Persie is held up by Michael Dawson, as United find they lack the width to penetrate Spurs for the time being. A Van Persie header does make its way on target from Kagawa's ball but it's straight down Lloris' throat.

Parker's attempts to find Bale's run are thwarted, but the ball ends up sitting nicely for him and he lashes a 25-yard effort at goal that curves narrowly wide.

Cleverley looks for Kagawa after the latter's initial ball, but it takes a touch off Parker and ends up being another simple claim for Lloris.

Excellent play from Lennon, as he nudges the ball past Evra, the United left-back drawn into making the foul. From the free-kick though, Vidic heads away Lennon's delivery to safety.

Welbeck and Rafael look to exchange passes, but the duo are crwoded out by Gareth Bale and Naughton as a succession of throw-ins occur.

Carrick nips in to steal back the ball from Cleverley, but Lennon's hussling is on an even par as the Spurs winger regains the ball.

A sublime touch from Jermain Defoe takes the ball round Nemaja Vidic, and that earns the hosts a free-kick. Robin van Persie heads away though, before a Clint Dempsey stunner ricochets off Vidic.

Good hussling from Danny Welbeck on Kyle Naughton forces the left-back into a poor touch, and the visitors gain a throw-in deep in Spurs' half, which is eventually cleared by Steven Caulker.

Tom Cleverely seeks out Robin van Persie over the top but the pace carries the ball away from the striker and Lloris comes out to gather.

A poor clearance from Hugo Lloris gifts United possession inside Spurs' half, but Michael Carrick is eventually pushed back by pressure from Scott Parker.

Tottenham kick off and get the action underway.

The players are out on the pitch, and after the pre-match handshake, we're now minutes away from kick-off at White Hart Lane.

Keith Landles writes: "I remember way back, in '66/'67 I think, United gubbed Spurs 5-1 at White Hart Lane, then later in the season, amazingly, Spurs returned the compliment at Old Trafford, dishing out their own 5-1 to the reds! I think this could give us loads of goals again today!"

Wayne Rooney is a surprise omission from Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up as Manchester United looked to restore their lead at the top of the table to seven points with victory today. Ferguson opts to pair Danny Welbeck with Robin van Persie up front, meaning Rooney has to settle for a place on the bench. Scott Parker makes his first league start since April for Spurs, who begin with Steven Caulker at centre-back instead of Jan Vertonghen.

Manchester United are the well-backed 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham 15/8 to do the double over the league leaders and 13/5 to pick up a point. First goalscorer favourite Robin van Persie is price boosted from 3/1 to 7/2 to break the deadlock, while Jermain Defoe is 6/1 to net first.

"I can see a 1-1 draw with Bale and Van Persie scoring or a 2-1 win for United with Van Persie grabbing a late winner!" tweets Anthony Bowman.

John Wall writes: "Hoping for a good game like last time round. Hopefully, we pull off the double with Defoe and Bale getting the goals. I can't see us keeping RVP out completely so I'm predicting 2-1 Spurs! AVB's Blue and White Army! COYS!"

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Parker, Dembele, Bale, Lennon, Dempsey, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend.

Man United XI: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Jones, Cleverley, Kagawa, RVP, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Rooney, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez.

Ady writes: "Much as I'd like to see a Spurs win (Man City fan), Utd over the years have been the masters at winning these difficult away games. They will probably have too much guile today, Utd to win by the odd goal 0-1 or 1-2 for me."

The teams will be uploaded as soon as they become available, and if you'd like to get in touch today, you can either e-mail jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

Good afternoon folks. After some doubt, Tottenham's Premier League match against Manchester United will go ahead this afternoon after a pitch inspection. The 4pm kick-off between the two sides had been put in danger thanks to heavy snowfall in the capital. Ground staff have been working hard to keep the pitch at White Hart Lane clear, and after a 2.50pm inspection the game has been given the go ahead.

Kick-off is at 1600.

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