Belfast Telegraph

United return top after Spurs draw

Rafael was sent off but 10-man Manchester United still went back to the top of the Barclays Premier League on goal difference after a frantic goalless encounter against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The full-back was dismissed in the 73rd minute after picking up a harsh second yellow card for a trip on Benoit Assou Ekotto.

But the hosts could not make the most of their numerical advantage to leave United still unbeaten in the league this term.

Wayne Rooney brought a couple of smart saves from Heurelho Gomes and Rafael van der Vaart also went close on two occasions for Spurs.

But in the end the two sides cancelled each other out in a game which proved the title race is going to be tight right until the end.

The draw sees Tottenham, who have not beaten United since May 2001 in a run which now stretches 24 matches, stay fifth a point behind Chelsea and outside the Champions League places after a game which was long on effort and passion but short on quality.

The most explosive incident was the once concerning Rafael who was shown a yellow card for a foul on fullback Assou Ekotto after having earlier been booked for a challenge on Wilson Palacios.

The young Brazilian raged at referee Mike Dean and kicked over a television sound boom as he left the pitch and the FA are likely to want to review the video.

Rooney was also booked for his protests.

Yet while Tottenham showed how far they have come under Harry Redknapp it was United who also proved their resilience.


From Belfast Telegraph