EPL 2014: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United - As it happened...
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United played out a goalless drawn at White Hart Lane despite creating plenty of scoring opportunities.
London: Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United played out a goalless drawn at White Hart Lane despite creating plenty of scoring opportunities. Despite dominating the first half, United failed to sustain pressure in the second, that was dominated by the home team.
FULL TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Manchester United
91' - Carrick switches play to Young on the left. The winger disappoints yet again with a poor cross that is in to the stands.
90' - Three minutes added on!
89' - Chiriches' cross is way behind Kane. The striker was in a good position had the cross been more accurate.
87' - Rafel tries to force his away around the back but Davies holds firm.
86' - Wave after wave of pressure from the home team. United are now clinging on.
85' - Rafael fouls Eriksen and gets a yellow card.
85' - Eriksen's free-kick is met by Fazio with a header that he couldn't direct due to pressure from his marker.
84' - Falcao awarded a yellow card.
82' - Kane wins the ball back from Carrick and runs at the United defense. He slides a ball through for Mason who fires over De Gea's goal with his left foot. Chance of the match!
79' - Double substitution by Pochettino as Chadli and Townsend are replaced by Lamela and Dembele.
78' - Eriksen's free kick is parried away by De Gea.
77' - Davies is bundled over by RvP, who tried to apply pressure on the defender.
76' - United bring on Luke Shaw for Paddy McNair.
75' - De Gea reads the situation and hoists the ball out as Chiriches tried to play a ball to Kane behind the United defenders.
73' - Vlad's free-kick is almost controlled in the box by Eriksen, but the defence is firm.
72' - Jonny Evans gives way to the fit-again Chris Smalling.
71' - Fazio catches McNair on the ball and fires in a shot that is saved by De Gea.
70' - McNair unfairly pulls down Kane and gets a yellow card.
69' - Mata dances pasts Stambouli and finds Young in acres of space on the left. The winger's disappointing cross is cleared.
68' - Another chances goes begging. After neat exchange of passes, Rafael hooks in a low cross into the box straight into the path of Mata who fires a shot into the top tier of the crowd. The midfielder was open and not under any pressure.
66' - Eriksen almost slides a lovely ball into Kane's way but De Gea is out to collect on the edge of his box.
64' - United need to find newer ways to unlock the Spurs defense. Their attacks have been few and far between in the second half.
61' - Bizarre crossfield ball by Evans that goes straight out of play.
60' - Vertonghen is fouled by RvP. Free-kick near the Spurs box which Hugo will launch upfield.
58' - Rafael's throw-in falls kindly for RvP after a miscommunication between Davies and Vertonghen. The angle didn't favor RvP, who fires a shot nonetheless. Lloris collects easily.
57' - Jones bursts forward with ball after cutting out an attack. Kane comes across and blocks him. Foul!
55' - Carrick plays a ball for Mata behind the Spurs defence. The Spaniard hooks in a cross that Van Persie can't slot in from close range. What a missed opportunity.
51' - Kane slides in a cross from inside the box. Fazio tried to get on the end of it by United clear it out for a corner.
50' - Young concedes a corner as a long ball is played into Kane.
49' - Young is yellow carded for a rash challenge on Chadli.
48' - Young switches play to Rafael on the right. He hooks in a low cross that is sent out for a corner by Vertonghen's wayward clearance.
46' - Rafael comes on for Valencia in the break. That's Van Gaal's first change of the match.
46' - And the second half is underway..
HALF TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Manchester United
Plenty of chances, mostly for the team in red, but no breakthrough yet. Lloris has kept his team in this game with a couple of incredible saves. United have created some good openings but have failed to capitalize. Falcao has been disappointing in front of goal for the visitors.
A statistical look at the opening 45 minutes at the WHL.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 28, 2014
Spurs 0-0 Man Utd HT: Shots: 4-6 Chances created: 3-4 Pass accuracy: 69%-71% Tackles won: 12-6 Crosses: 7-14 pic.twitter.com/htMq3fbz1q
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 28, 2014
45' - The ref blows his whistle to signal the end of the first half.
44' - Mata's spreads the ball out to Young, who takes on Fazio and curls one toward the top right corner. Lloris with an outrageous stretched one-handed save.
43' - Townsend whips in a free-kick from the right that is too deep for Kane who was all alone near the far post.
42' - Young hooks in a right-footed cross from the left and Rooney comes flying in from out the box to head in. His header lacks power and goes straight into the hands of Lloris after one bounce.
40' - Falcao stumbles yet again despite making a good run and getting into a decent position.
39' - Jones' long ball is impeccably taken down by Van Persie but he takes an extra touch that allows Lloris to collect the ball. Great chance for United to go ahead.
38' - Davies brings the ball forward from halfway and lets fly but his shot is dragged wide of the right post.
35' - RvP and Vertonghen are involved in a very intense battle today. Both conceding fouls and giving no quarter to one another.
33' - Valencia wins possession and gives the ball to Mata who plays through Falcao. The striker is one-on-one with Fazio but his curling effort is too weak and easily taken by Lloris.
32' - Still goalless here at the Lane. United have had the better of the first half so far and are looking more dangerous than the home team.
31' - Mason's clearance falls straight to Young who tries to find Mata on the far post. But his cross is cut out.
29' - Valencia found himself in space but the combination of Davies and Chadli did well to prevent a cross.
28' - Townsend's cross from the left is well defended by Jones.
26' - Second yellow card of the match. This time for Townsend for a rash challenge on Young.
25' - Stambouli given a yellow card for a nasty challenge on Carrick. Looked a red. Very lucky to be on the pitch.
24' - Rooney's corner leads to a goal-mouth scramble. Spurs clinging on.
22' - Mata's deflected free-kick rebounds off the post but Van Persie and Falcao can't smuggle the ball into the net. Spurs escape.
21' - Vertonghen brings down Van Perie on the edge of the box. Free kick! Rooney and Mata stand over it.
20' - Townsend cuts in on to his left foot and fires in a shot that is collected by De Gea by getting down low.
18' - Rooney plays a ball to Mata, who threads it through for Falcao. But the striker scoffs his shot straight into Lloris' hands.
17' - Mata switches play with a lovely long ball to Young on the left. The wingers hooks in a dangerous looking cross that is headed out by Spurs defence.
15' - Falcao goes down holding his face after a tussle for the ball with Vertonghen. Again, nothing given.
14' - Eriksen's free-kick is whipped in but cleared without a problem by the United defense.
13' - Davies attempts to get inside of Jones but the defender concedes a foul deep inside United territory.
12' - Long ball into Van Persie is beatuifully controlled by the Dutchman. He is clipped by Vertonghen but the ref saw nothing wrong.
10' - Rooney wins back the ball from a Spurs player and tries to play Falcao through with a ball on the turn. The Colombian is off-side.
9' - Mata's free-kick is knuckled out by Lloris with Van Persie lurking behind him near the far post.
8' - Jones' long ball is neatly taken down by Mata. Vertonghen sticks close to him and concedes a foul. Mata to swing it in from the right.
7' - Carrick's lovely long ball finds Rooney behind the Spurs defence. But the forward's touch lets him down. He tries to set up Falcao who is blocked out by a group of defenders.
6' - Kane does well to hold off defenders and needle a ball to Mason that was cut out by Evans.
4' - Falcao plays the ball out to Young and charges ahead to the middle. Young's cross is low and cut out by Mason who is well positioned on the edge of the box.
2' - Mata found himself in plenty of space and found Valencia who was making a run down the right, whose cross was long and fell to Young who failed to get in back into play.
1' - Townsend's left footed cross is deep but Chadli's attempted to head it is thwarted away by Valencia who is in good position.
1' - Here we go...
Both teams pay their respects to Ron Henry by encircling the centre of the pitch with a round of applause. The fans inside White Hart Lane join in.
The third game of the busy festive period, which has been fruitful for both teams, is about to commence.
Both teams are out on the pitch to shake hands and complete the formalities before the hostilities begin.
Mauricio Pochettino: "We need energy, personality and character against Manchester United. We need to be brave."
Louis van Gaal: "In the last match, we dominated the 90 minutes. That for me is important."
Manchester United have retained the same side for two consecutive games for the first time since the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Here's a look inside Spurs' changing room ahead of the visit of Manchester United.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 28, 2014
Radamel Falcao starts for Manchester United and he seems fired up!
Today we face Tottenham. Let's go @ManUtd / Hoy jugamos con Tottenham. Vamos @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/qCWn7ZkCoC
— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) December 28, 2014
Spurs bring in Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies, Andros Townsend Townsend and Ryan Mason to the side, while Manchester United field an unchanged team from the one that beat Newcastle United on Friday.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United line-ups
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Mason, Stambouli; Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Dier, Walker, Lamela, Dembele, Paulinho, Soldado.
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, McNair, Evans, Valencia, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Young, van Persie, Falcao.
Subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Shaw, Fletcher, A.Pereira, Wilson.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 28, 2014
Manchester United travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in gameweek 19 of the Premier League. Louis van Gaal's men will look to consolidate their third place on the league table with all the major stakeholders competing for a top four place competing today.
The Red Devils swept aside Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Friday to record their 6th win in their last 7 outings. While, Spurs, after beating Leicester City on Boxing Day, registered their 3rd straight league win.
Maurico Pochettino's men are now just 2 points off the 4th spot and a win today could be crucial to their hopes of a Champions League qualification.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes the club should be aiming for a record-extending 21st English title rather than settling for a Champions League spot.
"We`re continuing to look up and will continue to try to catch them (City and Chelsea)," the midfielder told United`s website ahead of the game against Tottenham.
"We`re not satisfied with third. It`s obviously an improvement and we`re getting better but we want to keep looking up."