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Spurs Leapfrog United

Tottenham Hotspur moved above Manchester United on the English Premier League table after beating the Red Devils 2-1 at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day.

The result sees Spurs leapfrog United into sixth place on 37 points while United are on 34 points in seventh place.

United started the better of the two teams and created a chance on goal as early as the fifth minute when Chris Smalling drove into the box from the right, but saw his shot from 12-yards well-saved by the keeper.

Five minutes later and Wayne Rooney had a shot at goal, but he saw his 24-yard free-kick go just over the crossbar.

Spurs created their first chance on goal in the 14th minute after Roberto Soldado put Aaron Lennon through on goal, but he was unable to beat David De Gea in a one-on-one situation.

Seven minutes later and Nemanja Vidic came bitterly close to breaking the deadlock when he met a corner-kick with a strong header, but it went just wide of the target.

Emmanuel Adebayor had the next effort on goal in the 32nd minute, but his long range volley went narrowly wide.

Two minutes later, though, and Adebayor did give Spurs the lead when he met a right wing cross from Christian Eriksen with a looping eight-yard header that found the corner of the net, 1-0.

Soldado should have made it two in the 39th minute when Lennon got in behind Patrice Evra down the right flank and whipped in a tantalising cross which the Spurs attacker met with a sliding shot from six-yards, but it went wide with the goal at his mercy.

It was 1-0 at half time to Spurs.

The start of the second half was a little slow, but sprang into life in the 66th minute as Spurs found their second goal after Eriksen snuck in front of Valencia to head home a right-wing cross from Lennon, 2-0.

United, though, hit back immediately from the restart as Adnan Januzaj played Danny Welbeck through on goal with a pin-point pass, and the striker made no mistake superbly chipping the onrushing goalkeeper to pull a goal back, 2-1.

Januzaj almost pulled United level in the 71st minute, but he saw his 22-yard effort curl inches wide of the upright with the keeper well-beaten.

The final 15 minutes saw United throw numbers forward in search of the equaliser, but Spurs were able to hold on for the win.

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