Manchester United 2 Spurs 0
United kept their unbeaten Premier League run going with a 2-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford, but the game was shrouded in controversy!
Spurs, probably quite rightly, believed that Nani`s goal shouldn`t have counted. The Portuguese winger netted after the Spurs defence, an din particular their keeper Gomes, stopped believing a free kick had been given after Nani had hand-balled in the area.
But there are two sides to every story with Sir Ferguson arguing that it should have been a penalty anyway and that the handball was as a consequence of the foul. Harry Redknapp believed the decision to be scandalous explaining that the linesman had flagged for handball therefore causing his side to stop playing.
Whatever version you do believe it`s probably fair to say that if the boot had been on the other foot then you would have sympathy for your opponent even more so when you realise it was the same referee, Mark Clattenburg, who deprived Spurs of a goal at Old Trafford, a couple of seasons ago, when Roy Carroll cawed back Pedro Mendes shot from well behind the line.
However, the win keep United hot on the heels of Chelsea with the gap being kept at five points and, in all honesty, it was a victory that United fully deserved and all the fuss came over a goal that was scored in the 84th minute. Spurs failure to win continued a run that means that they`ve not won at Old Trafford in the Premier League ever.
United started well with Ji-Sung Park sending a twenty-five yard shot past Gomes and against the post but Spurs could also consider themselves to be unlucky when their Dutch star, Rafael Van der Vaart, crashed a shot against the post also.
The same player also produced another piece of magic when he skipped past several of his won players but fluffed his shot. Thankfully, United were to quell the Spurs desire with a goal just after the half hour mark. Nani floated in a free kick and Vidic showed the most urgency to meet the ball heading it past Gomes.
Van der Sar, the day after his fortieth birthday, kept United in the lead with a fine save to push away a Modric volley and Pavlyuchenko almost scored a freakish goal with an effort that came off his knee and rolled wide.
But matters were finally settled in United`s favour with that controversial Nani winner and we put the League to bed for a few days to return to the Champions League.
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