Tottenham earn point in goalless draw against Manchester United

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Tottenham held Manchester United to a goalless draw at White Hart Lane as two of the Premier League's in-form sides met on Sunday.

Hugo Lloris was the busier of the two keepers, as he made saves from Robin van Persie and Ashley Young, while Wayne Rooney, Van Persie and Juan Mata all blazed over when good opportunities presented themselves.

Open game

Spurs had several half chances as both teams looked porous at the back. Centre-back Federico Fazio had a couple of efforts on goal, while the recalled Andros Townsend tested David de Gea. Both teams will ultimately be happy with a point and a clean sheet, although United might feel they were the better team.

The game started positively, with Manchester United enjoying plenty of space in wide positions, especially down their left - Tottenham's right - as Young was often open and able to attack makeshift right back Vlad Chiriches. Young put several crosses into the box that caused trouble, as well as one effort that Lloris tipped wide superbly.


Louis van Gaal's men were also able to get in behind the Tottenham back line, with Rooney's heavy touch resulting in Radamel Falcao having a shot blocked, while Van Persie tried to round Lloris despite being only six yards out. The Frenchman ultimately won the battle.

Manchester United's best chance came from a deflected Juan Mata free kick that hit the post, and in the resultant melee Chiriches had to make a last ditch clearance from van Persie.


Tottenham grew into the game in the second half and were more of an attacking threat. Townsend showed quick feet to work space for a shot that De Gea held well. Fazio connected well with volleys from a couple of set pieces but they were comfortably saved, while Ryan Mason had a great chance after superb work from Harry Kane put him through but the midfielder's left foot shot sailed over the bar.

As the game reached the latter stages Spurs were the stronger side but despite having better possession they struggled to create anymore clear cut chances.

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