- Man Utd vs Spurs

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Wednesday 1 January 2014 | Old Trafford | Referee: Howard Webb | Attendance 75,265

Man Utd
  • Danny Welbeck (67)
Man Utd
1 - 2
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (34)
  • Christian Eriksen (66)

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Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen gave new Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood a third win in four matches as they beat Manchester United 2-1.

Togo striker Adebayor opened the scoring for Spurs in the 34th minute when he met an Eriksen cross, becoming only the third player to score in three consecutive games at Old Trafford.

Eriksen doubled their lead in the 66th minute with a well-placed header after beating his marker, but Danny Welbeck brought Man Utd back into the game with his seventh goal of the campaign a minute later.

That set up a tense finish, and the hosts pushed hard for an equaliser and threw everything forward in the closing stages.

But chances for substitute Javier Hernandez, Adnan Januzaj and Welbeck were all missed as Man Utd slipped to seventh in the Barclays Premier League - 11 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Manager David Moyes made four changes in attacking positions to the Man Utd line-up from their victory over Norwich City, with Wayne Rooney and Welbeck returning up front.

Kyle Walker and Danny Rose returned in the full-back positions for the visitors, with Etienne Capoue replacing the injured Paulinho in midfield.

Welbeck and Chris Smalling both had early chances for the hosts as Man Utd attacked down the right, but Hugo Lloris made good saves to keep Spurs in the game.

The visitors had a fantastic chance to open the scoring in the 14th minute through Aaron Lennon, but the winger wasted a perfect throughball from Roberto Soldado as he fired straight at David De Gea.

With their next attack, in the 34th minute, Sherwood's side opened the scoring through Adebayor with his third league goal of the season.

Eriksen raced down the right before delivering a perfect cross towards the back post, where Adebayor rose unmarked to score.

They should have doubled their lead five minutes later with another attack on the right.

This time, Lennon raced past Patrice Evra and played a low cross into the unmarked Soldado, but the Spaniard kneed the ball wide from six yards.

After a quiet start to the second half, the visitors doubled their lead in the 66th minute as Eriksen netted his second goal in three games.

The Dane anticipated the flight of a deflected Lennon cross far better than Antonio Valencia, stealing in front of the Man Utd man to head past De Gea from five yards.

However, the home side halved the deficit immediately through Welbeck.

Januzaj played a neat pass behind the Spurs defence for the striker, and he latched onto the ball and calmly lifted it over Lloris.

The goal woke Man Utd up and Januzaj had a fantastic chance to level the game late on, but his long-range effort curled just wide of Lloris' right hand post.

That sparked a flurry of late chances to level, the best of which fell to Rooney and Nemanja Vidic, but they both found Lloris in excellent form as he saved well.

Manchester United manager David Moyes: "The performance was really good. I thought we defended really well, got done by a couple of counter-attacks today. The boys played well and we couldn't take the opportunities when they came along.

"All you can do is play well and hope you take the opportunities when they come. Their effort was terrific in trying to come back from 2-0 down. We didn't deserve to be behind. We'll keep trying to win the next game, that's all you can do. We're not necessarily looking at the league table."

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood: "I thought we could have played better, moved the ball a bit sharper because they were there for the taking, but games are won on different qualities. We showed the heart of a lion out there. We really dug in.

"At the moment he [Emmanuel Adebayor] has ice on every part of his body so we can't tell what's wrong with him. He just runs all day long, he tries hard for the team, but it's hard to single anyone out. We've got nine players injured so we're having to go with it with a very small squad at the moment.

"We just try to win as many games as we can. We'll try to dig out result and see what we can do. I think we've got good enough players to achieve something, we'll just see what that is."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David de Gea 4.96 5.85
15. Nemanja Vidic 4.45 5.48
12. Chris Smalling 3.1 4.97
3. Patrice Evra 3.91 5.52
6. Jonny Evans 3.78 4.94
10. Wayne Rooney 5.5 7.32
25. Luis Antonio Valencia 3.9 5.52
44. Adnan Januzaj 5.26 6.68
16. Michael Carrick 4.05 5.57
23. Tom Cleverley 4.26 4.95
19. Danny Welbeck 5.25 5.74
Substitutes All Fans BFR
28. Alexander Büttner 3.27 4.57
18. Ashley Young 3.76 4.73
26. Shinji Kagawa 4.35 6.28
5. Rio Ferdinand 3.5 4.96
14. Javier Hernández 5.29 5.59
24. Darren Fletcher 2.8 5.54
13. Anders Lindegaard 2.8 3.86
Line-up All Fans BFR
25. Hugo Lloris 6.68 5.66
20. Michael Dawson 5.35 4.66
3. Danny Rose 4.52 5.09
6. Vlad Chiriches 6.41 4.77
2. Kyle Walker 5.15 5.09
7. Aaron Lennon 5.65 4.75
15. Etienne Capoue 4.65 4.31
23. Christian Eriksen 6.12 6.23
19. Mousa Dembélé 5.23 5.08
9. Roberto Soldado 5.28 5.2
10. Emmanuel Adebayor 7.29 6.35
Substitutes All Fans BFR
37. Harry Kane 4.57 5.0
11. Erik Lamela 5.09 4.23
42. Nabil Bentaleb 4.08 4.69
35. Ezekiel Fryers 2.5 3.16
24. Brad Friedel 3.7 3.62
43. Ryan Fredericks 2.5 2.43
21. Nacer Chadli 4.0 4.6

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