Barclays Premier League – Sunday 16th – KO 16.10 – Ground: White Hart Lane
Ten-man Manchester United held on to returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference with a goalless draw at White Hart lane. Rafael van der Vaart saw an early free-kick gratefully clutched by United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, then Peter Crouch shot wide of the post from close-range after nine minutes, having done well to get on the end of Alan Hutton’s low cross.
At the other end, Wayne Rooney’s right-foot drive was saved on the scramble by Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, before van der Vaart headed Gareth Bale’s cross into the side netting two minutes before the break.
United almost took the lead after 50 minutes when Michael Carrick flicked a Giggs’ corner towards goal but just wide of the post.
Gomes then produced good saves to deny Rooney and Rafael, but the Brazilian was dismissed on 74 minutes by referee Mike Dean for a second yellow card after tripping Benoit Assou Ekotto.
Van der Vaart almost snatched the three points for Tottenham in the 81st minute, when he curled an effort from the edge of the area just over the crossbar, after Javier Hernandez’s trapped pass sold 37-year-old Giggs, making his 600th top-flight appearance, outrageously short.