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Spurs Strike Late To Hold United

Manchester United succumbed to a late Clint Dempsey strike as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham at a wintery White Hart Lane.

The two sides had to overcome freezing conditions and United adapted quickest as Robin van Persie netted the opener with the game 26 minutes old.

However, Dempsey scored late on to prohibit the Red Devils from regaining their seven point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The game got off to a cagey start with Van Persie enjoying the first real chance of the match as he directed Phil Jones’ ball goalward with his head.

Spurs strung together a few nice passing moves but failed to really threaten until Aaron Lennon forced a low save from De Gea.

Van Persie added another goal to his impressive tally this season, although only his second with his head, as he powered home Tom Cleverley’s cross.

The home side looked for an instant reply and almost produced one but De Gea pulled off an excellent save to keep out Jermaine Defoe.

The Spanish gloveman was called into action again as the half neared a conclusion, keeping out Gareth Bale’s vicious effort with his knees.

Danny Welbeck, operating as a wide man, was enjoying plenty of space and almost grabbed a goal on the stroke of half time but Hugo Lloris blocked his shot.

After the interval Defoe hammered a shot into the side netting whilst up the other end Welbeck had his shot blocked by Mousa Dembele.

De Gea once again came to his side’s rescue 52 minutes into the match as he denied Clint Dempsey in a one-on-one situation.

Twenty minutes into the half Wayne Rooney appeared from the bench and was caught by Steven Caulker in the box although Chris Foy waved away the appeals.

Dempsey then saw another shot saved by the United number one as Spurs pushed for an equaliser.

The London outfit were vulnerable to the counter and the Red Devils almost profited from swift counter moves a few times, Welbeck poking wide Rafael’s cross on one occasion.

With the game nearing a conclusion Rio Ferdinand made two game saving interventions, first to keep out Defoe and then to direct Bale’s shot wide.

However, the veteran defender was unable to produce any further heroics when Lennon crossed back in for Dempsey following De Gea’s clearance and the American scrambled home.

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