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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United shared the points in a pulsating tie at White Hart Lane even if each lost further ground on Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Wayne Rooney twice levelled for the visitors in an action-packed encounter, his second goal coming from the penalty spot on 57 minutes. Kyle Walker, who was at fault for Rooney's first, and Sandro had put Tottenham ahead, the latter with a spectacular long-range strike.
Having been beaten 6-0 at Manchester City last week, Andre Villas-Boas' men can take heart from a more competitive showing and their first league goals since October, while United are unbeaten in 12 matches across all competitions. However, both sides remain outside the top four and some way adrift of Arsenal, Spurs trailing the leaders by 10 points and United by nine.
Villas-Boas made three changes to the side who lost at the Etihad Stadium, with Younes Kaboul, Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela, who did not make the bench, omitted. Robin van Persie remained sidelined for United, whose team included four alterations from the 2-2 draw at Cardiff City, with 40-year-old Ryan Giggs among those to miss out.
Rooney saw a goalbound strike superbly blocked by Sandro prior to Walker opening the scoring in the 18th minute. Jonny Evans upended Paulinho on the edge of the area and Spurs’ right-back drilled the resulting free-kick under United’s jumping wall.
The influential Rooney was forced into a block of his own to deny Michael Dawson before Spurs, who were a constant threat on the counter-attack, had two chances in quick succession either side of the half-hour.
Roberto Soldado fired wide following a delightful exchange of passes with Paulinho, while Aaron Lennon's left-footed effort forced David De Gea into a save with his legs.
Spurs were swiftly punished for not extending their advantage in the 32nd minute as Walker diverted a right-wing cross from Phil Jones into the path of Rooney, who stretched to fired home from close range.
The home side regained the lead in stunning fashion nine minutes after the break, with Sandro cutting inside Tom Cleverley before unleashing a thunderous, swerving strike into the top-right corner.
United were level again within three minutes, Rooney firing a penalty straight down the middle for his eighth Barclays Premier League goal of the season after Danny Welbeck had been brought down by Hugo Lloris.It was Rooney’s 164th goal in the Barclays Premier League, moving him to fifth in the all-time list.
Rooney threatened again from a Patrice Evra cross, while Walker put another free-kick narrowly wide before providing a delightful cross that substitute Andros Townsend came close to connecting with, yet neither team could find a winner.
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas: "We had chances to win the game. We probably deserved to win the game and were a bit unlucky in the first half not to go 2-0 up. We had good intensity over 90 minutes. I think it was a very, very unfair penalty.
"To respond in this fashion against a team that put five past the second team in Germany [against Bayer Leverkusen] was good for us. We showed great strength of character and played extremely well.
"We are extremely happy with the performance but not so much the result, because a win would have taken us above them, but it's a good response, not a bad result.
“You can only look in the table to see the Premier League champions [United] are just one point from us. We have to do better. We have to bounce back and we did that in a great fashion today.
"There's great unity in the team to bounce back. When we do we'll be ever so close to the top again."
Manchester United manager David Moyes: "I feel we’ve dropped two points. In normal circumstances, coming to Spurs, and it’s been a tough game, you’d feel it was a good result. It was a tough game and we had to come from behind twice. Thankfully we did that, but we just couldn’t get the third goal.
"If you’d said to me before Leverkusen and today that we’d win in Germany and draw here you’d say, 'Hey, they are good results and it’s not bad.'
"The disappointment is going back to last week when we drew at Cardiff. Tottenham had their own pride, which they showed today in their performance. The big games are all to come in the second half of the season. There will be a lot of teams now looking to chase Arsenal down and hopefully we will be one of them."
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