On Sunday, Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in the latest instalment of a fixture that they have dominated in recent years:
It was snowing as the two sides met in North London in January, and Man Utd had looked set to pick up three points thanks to top scorer Robin van Persie, who headed in Tom Cleverley’s cross from the right. However, Tottenham dominated the second half and their pressure finally told deep into stoppage time as Clint Dempsey turned the ball into the net from close range.
One of the most memorable and notorious games in Premier League history took place in September 2001, as Man Utd won 5-3, having been 3-0 behind at half time. Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Gustavo Poyet looked to have given Spurs an unassailable lead, but the visitors came out a different side for the second half, and Tottenham were punished by Andrew Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham.
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Erik Edman was made to pay a heavy price for tugging the shirt of Man Utd’s John O’Shea back in September 2004, as it led to the only goal of the game, with van Nistelrooy scoring the resulting penalty. There was also controversy as Tottenham were denied a spot-kick of their own by referee Peter Walton, a decision which saw him come under heavy, outspoken criticism from then Spurs boss Jacques Santini.
Man Utd were not on top form on the day, but they still managed a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane in March 2012, and the highlight of the game was Ashley Young’s superb 25-yard shot into the top corner. That was the former Aston Villa man’s second goal of the afternoon, after Wayne Rooney had opened the scoring. Jermain Defoe pulled one back late on, but Young’s goal was the abiding memory.
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