Tottenham shock Man United at Old Trafford
(AFP)Gareth Bale scored one goal and set up another as Tottenham beat Manchester United for the first time in 23 Premier League matches with a thrilling 3-2 win on Saturday.
Spurs’s first victory at Old Trafford since December 1989 saw them twice go two goals in front, with the teams sharing three goals in as many minutes during a frantic spell before the hour mark.
United’s first home league defeat in 2012 meant Alex Ferguson’s side ended the weekend in third place — four points behind leaders Chelsea — while Tottenham climbed to fifth.
Just 90 seconds had been played when Spurs’ defender Jan Vertonghen burst into the box and fired the visitors in front with a low shot that deflected off Jonny Evans.
In the 32nd minute they were 2-0 up when Bale, from just inside the United half, outpaced Rio Ferdinand before his shot beat Anders Lindegaard.
United pulled a goal back in the 51st minute when substitute Wayne Rooney provided a cross for Nani to steer past Brad Friedel.
But two minutes later Jermain Defoe left the struggling Ferdinand behind him and found Bale.
The Welshman’s shot was palmed away by Lindegaard but only to Clint Dempsey, with the United States striker shooting into the empty net.
However, United cut the lead to 3-2 moments later when Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa slotted home.
Rooney hit the post and Michael Carrick’s header came off the crossbar as United pressed for an equaliser but Spurs held on for a famous victory.
Ferguson was furious with referee Chris Foy for only playing four minutes of added-on time at the end of the match.
“Four minutes of added time is an insult to the game. It’s a disgrace,” he told the BBC.
But in a separate interview with ESPN, the veteran manager admitted United hadn’t helped themselves early on.
“It was a poor start to the game and they got a little break with a deflected goal. We really defended poorly. From there we were playing against the wind.”
Delighted Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas urged his side to build on this result, the Portuguese boss saying: “You have to give compliments to everybody on a special night like this but it doesn’t stop here, we have so many important games to play.”