Tottenham 0-0 Manchester United: player ratings

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Tottenham battled to a solid point by keeping out Manchester United at White Hart Lane, in no small part thanks to keeper Hugo Lloris.

Lloris made a couple of great saves as well as showing great handling and distribution, while Harry Kane showed a tremendous work rate upfront as Spurs struggled to deal with United in the first half.

United's wingbacks, and Ashley Young in particular, enjoyed great success and at times Mauricio Pochettino's men were on the ropes but showed great character to come through for the point.

Having made four changes Pochettino will be content with those that came in but will know that more quality has to be expected. Here are the Tottenham ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 8.5

Star man (again). Made a great flying save to tip Young's shot wide, and was also very agile to keep out Robin van Persie when the Dutchman was through one on one.

The French captain is a reassuring presence at the back and, slowly, his team mates are striving to reach his level.

Vlad Chiriches - 6.5

Made a great clearance from the goal line in the melee after Juan Mata's free kick, however was often caught out of position and given a torrid time by Young in the first half. Passing was inconsistent but the Romanian put in plenty of effort.

Ben Davies - 7.0

Recalled in place of Danny Rose, and justifiable so. Better defensively than the Englishman, kept Antonio Valencia quiet and dealt well with Rafael in the second half. Also got forward on occassion and is growing into the team.

Federico Fazio - 7.5

Colossus in the air, but always susceptible to the ball over the top (as is the entire Spurs back line).

Did put his team in trouble with a couple of ill-advised quick free kicks, but generally was very strong at the back.

Jan Vertonghen - 7.0

See Fazio above. Perhaps not as iinfluentialas Spurs might have wished but defensively did well under pressure int the first half.

Benjamin Stambouli - 6.5

First half looked like a passenger at times, but second half was a much more steadying presence as Spurs wrestled back the initiative.

Got a lot closer to the United midfield and was not afraid to put the foot in.

Ryan Mason - 6.5

Had Tottenham's chance of the game when played through by Kane but blasted over.

Another not afraid to get stuck in but first half was too often bypassed by United as they went round or over the central midfield area.

Nacer Chadli - 6.0

Showed some flashes but was not decisive enough when attacking nor hard working enough to keep Tottenham's shape. The feeling is he can play better but too often seems content to do just enough.

Andros Townsend - 6.5

Tottenham's better attacking moments often involved Townsend in some form but his decision making is not the best and he lost possession more times than is ideal.

However, can inject some pace into the play, something Pochettino's side can lack. Spent a lot of the match caught between tracking Young and trying to press the left sided centre back.

Christian Eriksen - 6.5

Unable to get on the ball enough in the first half, but was involved more in the second half. Only sight of goal came from set pieces, and lack of quality from the widemen did not help the Dane's playmaking.

Harry Kane - 7.0

Worked very hard upfront and it was through his pressing of Michael Carrick that he wont the ball, and played in Mason who shot over.

Had a couple of not-even-half chances, won his fair share of aerial duels, and linked up with the midfield nicely.


Mousa Dembele (for Townsend, 79) - 6.5

Showed very good strength to retain the ball and actually looked quite good as the advanced central midfielder.

Erik Lamela (for Chadli, 79) - 6.0

Was on the ball a couple of times but could did little else.

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