London: Manchester United maintained their stranglehold on Tottenham Hotspur with a controversial 2-0 Old Trafford victory to move back within five points of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday.
A game full of inventive, attacking football in which both sides hit the woodwork early on was settled by a 31st-minute Nemanja Vidic header and a bizarre late goal by Nani.
Spurs were furious about the second six minutes from time which came after Nani nicked the ball from visiting goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who thought he was taking a free kick and stood back astonished as the goal was given.
The victory maintained United’s remarkable dominance over their London rivals, who have not beaten them for nine years and not won at Old Trafford for 21.
United joined Arsenal, who beat West Ham United 1-0 earlier, on 20 points, five adrift of leaders Chelsea, who snatched a late 2-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers.