Dempsey late show gives United frostbite

Clint Dempsey scored a late equaliser for Tottenham to deny Manchester United victory at White Hart Lane.
The Spurs forward scrambled the ball over the line in time added on, to leave Sir Alex Ferguson's side only five points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Robin van Persie had headed in his 22nd goal of the season midway through the first half to put United in control.
Spurs improved but were relieved to see Wayne Rooney's penalty claim denied.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas's clenched fist said it all at the final whistle. It was a reaction every bit as defiant as the performance of his players.
United have built a reputation for scoring late, but on this occasion it was Ferguson who was left to swallow the most bitter of pills.

For 92 minutes, United had looked on course to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table. With Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley driving them forward, they been controlled and efficient, rather than electrifying.
Snow fell throughout, the pitch having been passed fit for play an hour before kick-off, but just when United thought they had weathered the conditions and Tottenham's second-half storm, Dempsey struck.
For most of the game, Van Persie's brilliance had once again looked as if it would gloss over any United weaknesses, with the solidity of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the defence equally impressive.
United goalkeeper David De Gea also shone, keeping his side in the game time and again during a second-half bombardment, only to fail to punch clear in the lead-up to Tottenham's equaliser.

- BBC.co.uk


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