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Old Trafford (ATT 75,498) 22nd August 2011 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: L Probert

Man Utd Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

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D Welbeck (61)
Anderson (76)
W Rooney (87)

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United storm past Spurs

Welbeck, Anderson and Rooney on target in 3-0 success

Last Updated: 23/08/11 8:14am

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Welbeck broke the deadlock before turning provider

Welbeck broke the deadlock before turning provider

Manchester United produced a wonderful second-half performance to overcome Tottenham 3-0 and move joint top of the Premier League table.

Man of the match: Danny Welbeck opened the scoring with a great header and was influential in the second with a delightful backheel for Anderson. Moment of the match: The turning point was the first goal, as Spurs had resisted stubbornly for an hour and the game could have gone either way before Welbeck headed home. Goal of the game: Anderson's goal was a joy to watch as he rounded off a flowing team move with a fine finish, while Welbeck's flick to play him in was magical. Save of the match: Brad Friedel pulled a stunning stop in the first half, getting down brilliantly to his left to turn a Tom Cleverley strike from 20 yards around the post. Talking point: Will Welbeck now get a run in the United side alongside Wayne Rooney? Did this game show that Tottenham need to make signings before the close of the transfer window?

Spurs had not won at Old Trafford since 1989 but competed well in an even opening 45 minutes before United turned on the style after the interval.

Danny Welbeck broke the deadlock just after the hour mark with an expertly-taken header from Tom Cleverley's sumptuous right-wing cross, before turning provider for Anderson to make it 2-0 on 76 minutes.

Wayne Rooney then nodded home a Ryan Giggs delivery to complete the scoring and lift United level with Manchester City and Wolves on six points after two games.

Tottenham, playing their first match of the campaign, threatened occasionally but could find no way past a youthful-looking United backline and more assured David De Gea.

Hesitancy

With Sir Alex Ferguson sticking to his pledge of naming Phil Jones and Jonny Evans as the replacements for injured duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, United's major surprise came on the bench, where Javier Hernandez was included two weeks earlier than expected after a bout of concussion.

Missing Luka Modric - who was not in the right frame of mind to play -Tottenham began with a hesitancy which United came close to exposing through Cleverley as Brad Friedel pulled off a stunning early save.

However, as the half wore on, United's attacks reduced in potency, their approach play lacked direction and Spurs grew in confidence.

Rafael van der Vaart and Niko Kranjcar started to get hold of the ball in areas of some concern so, after a difficult start to his time in England, De Gea picked the perfect time to show off the ability that persuaded Ferguson to pay £18million to sign him from Atletico Madrid.

There was a kamikaze element to his first intervention, as he tried to skip past Van der Vaart inside his own area.

In giving the home fans a heart scare, the 20-year-old was also showing off footwork of which the watching Edwin van der Sar would be proud.

De Gea made decent stops from Van der Vaart look routine rather than spectacular and with Tottenham opting against peppering him with high balls, as was the case at West Brom last week, De Gea was able to perform with a composure so obvious in his opposite number Friedel.

Now 40, the American was handed a contract by Harry Redknapp in the summer and was promptly allowed to extend his record for consecutive Premier League appearances to 276 matches.

Either side of half-time, Friedel denied former Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young with smart stops as United, who dropped just two points on home soil throughout last season, struggled to impose themselves.

Part of the problem was that the most experienced member of their back four, Patrice Evra, has never found Aaron Lennon an easy opponent to subdue.

Unfortunately for Spurs, what Lennon possesses in pace, he lacks in awareness.

Sinking feeling

After skipping clear of a stumbling Evra, Lennon could have rolled a pass to an unmarked Van der Vaart, who was screaming on his inside.

Instead, he attempted to drill a cross through a crowded penalty area to Gareth Bale and succeeded only in blasting straight at Evans.

It was one of those times when a manager must feel like screaming. Another came moments later when Van der Vaart went for goal from 35 yards without ever looking like getting anywhere near it.

After the frustration came that familiar sinking feeling for Spurs.

Appearing to run down a blind alley, Cleverley rescued the situation by whipping over a superb cross for Welbeck, who rose majestically between Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul to glance a fine header into the corner.

Tottenham had Friedel to thank for not being blown away. Twice the veteran denied Welbeck, the second occasion following a Nani shot he had also saved, and then Evans, who had launched a fizzing volley from his far post station.

United were worthy of their second though, which came thanks to a brilliant piece of skill from Welbeck, who returned Anderson's pass with an impudent backheel that the Brazilian coolly finished into the bottom corner.

It was not quite plain sailing as De Gea's struggles under the high ball returned to present Jermain Defoe with a chance that he smacked against the post.

But with Friedel saving from Nani and Rooney scooping over from three yards, United remained on top. Rooney's late header merely emphasised their superiority.

Manchester UnitedTeam StatisticsTottenham Hotspur
3Goals0
01st Half Goals0
14Shots on Target9
5Shots off Target7
9Blocked Shots5
11Corners3
13Fouls9
1Offsides2
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
83.1Passing Success77.2
17Tackles22
64.7Tackles Success77.3
52.8Possession47.2
52.9Territorial Advantage47.1

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3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
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7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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