|Man Utd||3 - 1||Tottenham|
The final whistle goes! The pressure is back on Chelsea as United return to the top of the table. Spurs will be eagerly watching the outcome of Manchester City's trip to Arsenal in today's late kick-off. A win for City will put them in the coveted fourth place. It wasn't quite the classic we expected but a decent second half. Thanks for all your e-mails.
90 + 4 Lennon nearly gets behind United's defence but is crowded out by Evans and Vidic.
90 + 3 Macheda is on his own as he runs at the Spurs defence but his shot is blocked by the impressive King.
90 + 2 Nani walks gingerly towards the sidelines as he undergoes treatment.
90 + 1 Surely a case of food poisoning in the United camp as Nani follows Evra in throwing his guts up!
90 Berbatov shoots wide as the board shows four extra minutes to be played.
89 Scholes makes a rare mistake in giving the ball away to Modric. Spurs break and Gudjohnsen knocks the ball on to the head of Modric, who cushions it to Crouch. The England striker, with his back to goal, turns and shoots well wide.
88 Spurs fans are looking disconsolate as the United fans celebrate what will be an important victory.
87 Macheda feeds Berbatov, who gets into the box down the left but he loses his footing.
86 This time Giggs puts it in the other corner and although Gomes gueses right again he doesn't get anywhere near it.
85 Berbatov has a sniff of goal but his shot from a tight angle goes down. United get forward again and Palacios trips over Nani for another penalty.
84 Another chance for Spurs as a series of passes inside United's area sees Crouch drag his shot wide of the post.
83 Panic in the United box as Gudjohnsen and Crouch try to capitalise but Scholes shows cool head although his clearance wasn't the best!
82 Gomes out of his goal to prevent the ball from reaching Berbatov.
81 GOAL NANI! Sensational goal as Fletcher flicks the ball to Macheda. whose simple pass to nani allows the winger to score with a sublime chip over Gomes.
80 Ten minutes to go and I think we can expect a frenetic finish.
79 Last throw of the dice for United as Federico Macheda replaces Rafael. Fletcher moves to right-back.
78 Good run and shot from the edge of the area from Nani but Gomes gets down low and holds on to the ball.
77 Modric runs across the edge of the area and plays the ball to Gudjohnsen, who turns Nani but is tackled by Vidic. United beak and Fletcher's cross is punched clear by Gomes.
76 The corner comes to nothing, but Spurs are on top now.
75 Bale earns a corner, but Spurs make a substitution as Pavlyuchenko is replaced by Peter Crouch.
74 A low cross from Nani is easily collected by Gomes at the near post. O'Shea is furious as he is penalised for a foul on Lennon. The winger gets the ball from the free-kick and whips in a great cross which is held by Van der Sar.
73 Half a chance for United as a low cross from the right is missed by Nani and Scholes.
72 Assou-Ekotto does well to keep the ball in play near United's corner flag and his cross is caught by Van der Sar.
71 GOAL KING! Bale's outswinging corner is headed in by King, although he looked to be climbing on the back of Carrick. Rafael also deserted his post!
70 Modric' picks out Bale with a diagonal pass and he gets a corner off Rafael.
69 King shows great strength again in shielding the ball from Berbatov.
68 Huddlestone and Gudjohnsen link up in trying to put Pavlyuchenko in the clear but the Russian just takes his eye off the ball.
67 Evra lets the ball slip under his foot for a throw. Maybe he did that deliberately as he is replaced by John O'Shea.
66 And indeed he is as he comes on for Bentley.
65 Looks like Aaron Lennon is coming on for Spurs.
64 King makes a series of clearances as United press.
63 Giggs curls a cross to the far post but Gomes tips it away.
62 Bale's skill earns Spurs a throw down the left. Bale's cross is half-cleared by Vidic to Assou-Ekotto, who could have gone down for a penalty under a challenge from Evra but he stays on his feet, cutting the ball back but Jonny Evans intercepts.
61 Scholes' long ball is headed out by Assou-Ekotto straight to Berbatov, but United don't take advantage.
60 How will Spurs respond? They surely have to show more ambition now?
59 Valencia looks to have picked up an injury and is replaced by Michael Carrick.
58 Giggs steps up and even though Gomes gets his fingertips to the ball he can only push the penalty into the side-netting. 1-0 United.
57 Back-heel from Berbatov into the path of Evra, who is brought down by Assou-Ekotto, No question about it.
56 Nani cuts into the box and shoots into the side-netting.
55 Defoe has had a very quiet game and he comes off for Eidur Gudjohnsen. Valencia crosses from the right and Berbatov's header is easily dealt with by Gomes.
54 United play it short for Evra to cross on to the head of Berbatov, whose effort just misses the post and the foot of Fletcher. Spurs break forward as Palacios wins possession, surges forward and forces a low save from Van der Sar.
53 Woeful effort from Nani against the wall but United retain possession. Rafael picks out overlapping run of Valencia, whose cross is headed out by King.
52 Scholes picks out Giggs, who is clattered from behind by Bale 35 yards out. Nani territory.
51 Scrappy period of play; United need to up the tempo and get amongst em.
50 Great ball over the top from Scholes for Giggs, who is flagged offside. Tight call.
49 Valencia gets to the by-line and floats in a cross which is plucked out of the air by Gomes with Fletcher waiting to nod it home.
48 Hope you're not eating folks. Evra has just thrown up on the pitch! The physio is on to tend to the left-back, who goes off for a swig of water and is back on. I pity the man that goes sliding through that!
47 Modric tries to pick out Defoe, who looks frustrated at the pace of the pass.
46 No changes at the break as United get the second half under way. Bentley crosses into the box for Defoe. The ball falls kindly fro Pavlyuchenko, who shins it wide under pressure from Evra.
Brian, in Bangkok, writes: "I believe this is SAFs strategy against the better teams. Play attacking football but keep it tight. Work out the weaknesses, tweak it at half-time then go for the kill in the second half. 2-0 Man U, Berbatov and Giggs. Here's to a cracking second half." And so say all of us Brian...
Matthias back again. "Berbatov could have scored at least on one of his two opportunites, but United don't impress too much on the attack. Spurs always dangerous on the counter attack. Scoreline is okay right now 0-0. I don't predict many goals in the second half as the game is maybe decided by a single play heroic by Valencia or Berbatov in the latter stages of the game."
Chelsea fan Bill Friar writes: "I hate to say this, but I think Man Utd will win 2-0 with Scholes and Berbatov scoring. I hope I am wrong but I can't see it."
Tom Fairbrother says "unfortunately I believe it'll be a 1-0 jobby for Man United. I like Spurs, but their record speaks volumes about them against the so-called 'Big Four'. Macheda will likely get the winner in the 96th minute via a deflection."
Man United fan Saeed Mohammed writes: "I think because Spurs are on top form, winning their last two major games, but the score will be 2-1 to Man Utd because Spurs haven't won at OT for years and I think we can still keep that record."
The half-time whistle goes. Two or three good chances for United. Berbatov maybe should have scored one of the two opportunities that fell to him. For Spurs, Modric carved open their best chance but his effort was poor. Let's hope for better after the break.
45 + 2 Fletcher loops a high ball down the right channel only for the Bulgarian to raises his eyes to the skies as he sees the offside flag. Two minutes stoppage time by the way.
45 + 1 Palacios gives the ball away to Evra and United break. Giggs just can't reach a long ball and then Dawson loses his footing trying to bring the ball out but recovers in time.
45 Bale and Bentley are standing over the ball but it's the latter who delivers it but Fletcher is there to head out.
44 Free-kick to Spurs on the left midway inside United's half.
43 This time Giggs tries an outswinger and Dawson blocks the run of Vidic as Spurs clear their lines.
42 Giggs earns United a corner off Assou-Ekotto as the Old Trafford faithful get behind their team.
41 Rafael gets down the right, turns Bale and crosses with his left for Berbatov, who brings the ball down inside the box and shoots over. Assou-Ekotto stumbled at the wrong moment there to give Berbatov the chance.
39 Game entering a flat phase again, but United have definitely been the better team.
38 Modric shows great feet in turning on the edge of the box. Shame his shot across the face of goal didn't match his skill.
37 Valencia tricks Bale and crosses from the right for Giggs, who heads the ball into the path of Scholes, but King clears.
36 It's a perfect angle for Bale, who curls his effort a couple of yards over the bar.
35 First yellow card is shown to Nani for a foul on Bentley 22 yards out, to the right of goal.
34 Fletcher miscontrols the ball inside Spurs' area and King tries to hack it clear. Palacios eventually mops up but gives possession away. United on top now as Nani drags a shot wide.
33 Bale tries to cross from the left but it deflects off Rafael into the arms of Van der sar.
32 Nani plays a beautiful ball from the halfway line to pick out the run of Evra, whose angled volley flashes over the bar.
31 The match has taken off! First, Valencia shoots across goal from just outside the box but Gomez makes a low save, before Berbatov volleys over the bar. Bale caught out of position fopr the first chance.
30 First chance of the game as Evra gets into the box and squares the ball into the danger zone. Bale makes a hash of the clearance and the ball falls perfectly to Berbatov, but King makes a superb block.
29 Bentley's corner to the near post is headed out by Giggs and volleyed clear by Berbatov. First shot on goal as Pavlyuchenko tries his luck from 30 yards but it's straigh at Van Der Sar.
28 Bale back on and he bursts down the left flank to earn a corner off Rafael after a searching ball from Luka Modric.
27 We're still awaiting the first chance of a match which hasn't really taken off yet.
26 Dawson leaves his back-pass to Gomes a bit short, but the keeper just gets there before Berbatov.
25 The Wales international limps towards the sidelines to receive more treatment. Scholes robs Bentley, and United break but Nani slips in a dangerous position.
24 He's clutching his left knee as he receives treatment from the physio.
23 Bale is injured clearing the ball from the feet of Valencia.
22 Still awaiting the first chance. Berbatov backs into Dawson and concedes a free-kick midway inside Spurs' half. The free-kick is wasted though and United have a goal-kick.
21 Berbatov plays ball infield to Nani, only for Ledley King to cover well just outside the area.
20 Bale spots the run of Giggs and intercepts a pass. Bale at left-back today, with Modric at left midfield.
19 First menacing run from Valencia, who crosses from the right but gain Dawson is there - although he stumbles in the process - and Gomes collects.
18 Slighhtly worrying for United fans is the sight of Tomasz Kuszczak warming up on the sidelines. However, so is Hargreaves so maybe nothing to worry about.
17 Nani nearly finds Darren Fletcher inside the box, but the ball is just behind him and Tom Huddlestone mops up.
16 Scholes is fouled 22 yards out and Giggs sizes up his options. His effort strikes the wall and United build from the back again.
15 Berbatov goes down in the box after Dawson wins a header, no penalty though.
14 Spurs don't seem to be any rush to get forward, playing a very measured passing game. The ball is back with Heurelho Gomes now.
13 The atmosphere seems to have cranked up a notch as United start to press forward.
12 United have a corner down their left which is taken short. Nani crosses to the far post and the ball is bouncing around in the danger zone until Spurs eventually clear.
11 Nani fouls David Bentley and Spurs have a free-kick. Palacios looking very sluggish on his return to the side. Hollywood pass from Dawson fails to come off.
10 Fletcher gets into the box but takes a poor touch and Asso-Ekotto outmuscles the United midfielder near the by-line.
9 Nani gives the ball away and Spurs regain possession, but it's soon back with United.
8 Dawson tries to find Pavlyuchenko but it goes straight to Antonio Valencia.
7 Spurs looking more confident now as they play the ball arond in midfield.
6 Scholes tackles Palacios again, and Berbatov bears down on goal. He gets to within 20 yards of goal but Michael Dawson makes a superb tackle.
5 Defoe gets down the left and crosses with his right. Patrice Evra clears it for a corner with his left foot but it could have gone anywhere.
4 Giggs appeals for a corner near the flag but Marriner gives Spurs a goal-kick. United looking a lot sharper than Spurs. Berbatov penalised for a foul on Gareth Bale.
3 Roman Pavlyuchenko slips the ball to Jermain Defoe on the edge of the box only for Nemanja Vidic to step in.
2 Halfa chance for United as Pauls Scholes robs Wilson Palacios and plays the ball to Berbatov, whose control lets him down inside the box.
1 Tottenham get the game under way and pass the ball back but United are soon on the ball. Early free-kick for the home side.