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TOTTENHAM HELD UNITED TO GOALLESS STALEMATE

Manchester United and Tottenham played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Both sides had chances to win the game, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.

United had the better of the first-half chances, with Hugo Lloris called into action on a number of occasions. Louis Van Gaal’s sides’ first chance came after seven minutes, when Radamel Falcao was denied twice by tackles from Vlad Chiriches. The Romanian defender replaced Danny Rose at right-back and did a good job at preventing Ashley Young from putting crosses into the box from the left.

The Manchester sides’ next chance again fell to the Colombian, but the striker was unable to sort his feet out in time and he was unable to convert from sixteen yards out.

Five minutes later Phil Jones thought he’d given the Reds the lead; a Wayne Rooney corner caused chaos in the box and the centre-back headed towards goal from two yards out. Lloris did brilliantly to get a hand to it, before Jan Vertonghen attempted to hook the ball off the line. Replays showed the ball had crossed the line, but Jones was in an offside position, and the goal was rightly chalked off.

Juan Mata struck the post with a free kick from the edge of the box with Lloris stranded, the ball rebounded onto Ryan Mason, before the Spurs defence managed to clear.

Just after the half-hour mark, the French ‘keeper was again called into action to prevent Falcao from scoring. Juan Mata threaded an inch-perfect ball through to the South American striker, but Lloris was again equal to his shot.

The best chance of the half fell to Robin Van Persie, the Dutch forward brilliantly brought down a long ball from midfield on the six yard line after beating the offside trap. Lloris managed to block the shot from point blank range with his left foot.

Spurs did create a few half chances in the first forty-five minutes too, the recalled Andros Townsend delivered a superb cross that just evaded Harry Kane only yards from the United goal. Ben Davies ghosted past Mata and had a long range effort with his left foot, but it ran harmlessly past David De Gea’s post.

Young then tried his luck from the left edge of the penalty area, but Lloris excellently tipped the ball over the bar to ensure parity at the interval.

Another chance passed Van Persie by in the second half; Mata played the ball into the middle but the former Arsenal striker couldn’t keep his volley down from close range.

Twenty minutes from the end the influential Mata blazed over the bar from the corner of the box after Falcao had done well to play in a low cross from the right hand side.

The home side created more chances themselves in the second half too, however two of them fell to centre-back Federico Fazio. The Argentinian defender was denied at the near post thanks to an excellent block from Jones. Later, he managed to direct a half volley from the edge of the area on the United goal, but De Gea was equal to it.

Mauricio Pocchettino’s men looked the more likely scorers late on, Christian Eriksen saw his free-kick comfortably saved by the Spanish ‘keeper, before their best chance of the match fell to Ryan Mason. Spurs launched a counter attack and Kane did brilliantly to hold the ball up and wait for his team mates to join in. He then slid a brilliant ball through to Mason who blasted well over the bar from four yards out.

The result keeps United third in the league, and extends their unbeaten run to nine games. Tottenham move up to sixth, a point off the top four, after recording their first clean sheet since their 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace earlier this month.

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