Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Manchester United: Chances squandered at the Lane

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with both teams flattering to deceive in front of goal.

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United had the better of the chances but were denied on several occasions by Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris and Juan Mata’s first half free kick hit the post, while Tottenham went close late on but Ryan Mason lifted an effort over the bar.

With the point Spurs extend their unbeaten streak to five games and sit in seventh, while United haven’t tasted defeat in nine matches as they sit in third on 36 points.

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It was an even opening to the game at White Hart Lane, as Spurs and United eased into the encounter.

In the 20th minute the first real chance arrived following patient build up play from United, as Mata slotted the ball into Radamel Falcao but the Colombian striker couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet as Lloris saved easily. Moments later Spurs came close to scoring the opener as Andros Townsend clipped in a cross which Harry Keane met but David De Gea saved down low.

That sparked the game into life as Mata’s deflected free kick hit the post in the 22nd minute, as Spurs managed to scramble the ball clear with Vlad Chiriches the hero for Tottenham. As half time arrived United continued to press in an entertaining clash in north London with Phil Jones’ header just crossing the line but the referees whistle had already blown for offside and then Robin van Persie and Ashley Young were both denied by Lloris.

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In the second half Tottenham were more of an attacking threat as Townsend and Federico Fazio tested De Gea, then Mata squandered a great chance to put the Red Devils ahead. Mason was then guilty of missing a glorious chance late on after a great through ball from Kane, as the game closed out with both teams happy to take a point and extend their unbeaten run.

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Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Mason, Stambouli; Chadli (Lamela, 79′), Eriksen, Townsend (Dembele, 79′); Kane

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, McNair (Shaw, 76′), Evans  (Smalling, 72′), Valencia (Rafael, 45′), Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Young, van Persie, Falcao