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White Hart Lane (ATT 35,956) 20th January 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: C Foy

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United Man Utd

Tottenham 1

C Dempsey (90+3)


Man Utd 1

R van Persie (25)

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Clint Dempsey finds a late equaliser for Tottenham against Manchester United

Last Updated: 21/01/13 7:19am

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Clint Dempsey celebrates his last-gasp goal as Spurs snatch a 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Clint Dempsey celebrates his last-gasp goal as Spurs snatch a 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Clint Dempsey snatched a late equaliser in the snow to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Robin van Persie had looked to have claimed all three points with his first-half header at White Hart Lane on Sunday but Dempsey swept the ball home in stoppage time to salvage a point.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Michael Carrick. The Manchester United midfielder was immense in everything he did today, whether it was breaking up Tottenham attacks or creating opportunities.
  • Goal of the match: Robin van Persie displayed tremendous composure to calmly head the game's opening goal past Hugo Lloris.
  • Attempt of the match: Gareth Bale nearly found the net with a ferocious drive late on, with a deflection preventing it from creeping inside the near post.
  • Save of the match: David De Gea had a great game, but his best save was arguably to deny Clint Dempsey from close range in the second half.
  • Moment of the match: Clint Dempsey's late, late equaliser earned Spurs a dramatic and deserved equaliser.
  • Talking points: United's lead at the top of the Premier League is cut to five points, but Spurs continue to impress this season, and fourth place could arguably be their minimum requirement.

The adverse weather conditions had threatened to see the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane called off - and Spurs fans were soon left wishing it had.

After a cautious start in which Aaron Lennon forced a save from David de Gea, it was ex-Arsenal man Van Persie who opened the scoring by heading home Tom Cleverley's right-wing cross.

It was the culmination of a flowing move from the Red Devils after good work from Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck, who was selected ahead of Wayne Rooney in attack.

The home side struggled to create outright chances until De Gea produced a superb reaction stop with his legs to deny Gareth Bale's deflected effort from the edge of the box just before the break.

And De Gea was called into action once again after the interval when he came up with a reflex save to keep out the advancing Dempsey from point-blank range.

The Spanish goalkeeper then pushed away another Dempsey shot shortly afterwards as Spurs pushed hard for an equaliser and the crowd got behind their team.

But United remained a threat on the break and Rooney had a strong shout for a penalty shortly after replacing Kagawa when he went down under a challenge from Steven Caulker.

It was still Andre Villas-Boas' side asking most of the questions and it required a last-ditch block from Rio Ferdinand to prevent Jermain Defoe levelling things up after getting away in the channel.

But just when Sir Alex Ferguson's team looked to have held on for the win, De Gea could only punch a cross as far as Lennon inside the area and he returned the ball to Dempsey to stun United.

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1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 11 25
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
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 Hull City 12 11
17 Aston Villa 11 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8