Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Rating the Red Devils

Maxx GCorrespondent IIJanuary 17, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16:  Aaron Lennon of Spurs attempts to cross the ball as Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on January 16, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United sits atop of the Premier League again with a draw away from home against the opponents Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs have been brilliant this season and this match could have been their bite to get to the top of the list, which could not happen though.

United managed to bring the game to a stalemate, which was enough for them to get to the top of the league, with still two games in hand.

Tottenham was marvelous in their speedy attacks. The game was dominated by both, with United sometimes getting the major share of the ball control, but the sudden and fast attacks of Spurs was worth watching. 

Luka Modric was excellent in the heart of Spurs, and Gomes was at his best on the goalkeeping front.

Spurs got many chances to win the game, but United was supreme at the back.

The Man of the Match for me was the United captain Nemanja Vidic.


Player Ratings:

Edwin van der Sar: 6.5 - Calm and composed, VDS did not have a much busy game.

However, he was at his usual best with utmost confidence which boosted the defenders to play a more technical game.

Patrice Evra: 6 - Much like a shadow of his best, Evra sat on the defense most of the time and did not go up through the flanking pattern to provide wing support.

He was good though, but not what makes him one of the world's best. 

Rio Ferdinand: 8 - A true leader of all times, Ferdinand was rock solid in the back, though he is not the same old Ferdinand with the growing age; however, experience and confidence helped him to put up a good show in guarding the defense.

Nemanja Vidic: 9.5 - The best one—Vidic displayed extreme prowess along the whole defense. He had every possible trait of a true captain and covered a wide area along the whole defense.

His splendid tackles and tireless follow ups were just what United needed to go home with a clean sheet.

Bravo Captain!

Rafael D Silva: 7.5 - Again, a brilliant performance from the United prodigy, Rafael was a nightmare for Spurs with his amazing runs past the opposition. He mesmerized the defense at times and was full of energy and passion, which brought the right momentum for United.

However, he still shows lack of maturity with his unnecessary tackles; the second yellow was ridiculous though.

Rafael's loss lowered the game pace for United to a large extent.

Michael Carrick: 5 - Carrick is no more the same man who was instrumental for United couple of years ago.

He is okay and sits deep in the midfield, but he is just like an average for a club of United's stature.

On the contrary, Luka Modric of Spurs, who also seems to be a deep lying playmaker was excellent in his game. United soon needs to find a replacement to Carrick. 

Darren Fletcher: 6 - Spurs won the midfield battle evidently, Fletcher was limited in his creativity, but somehow managed to hold on to the midfield with a tireless display covering a wide range of the midfield for United.

Ryan Giggs: 6.5 - Good and simple; Giggs completed his 600th league match for United.

He was lacking energy but was as usual technically sound with good vision and passing ability.

Nani: 5.5 - Poor display from the United winger, Nani was no where near to his present form in the league.

He was lacking pace, lost the ball, forgot his sparkling moves and was finally subbed by Anderson in second half.

Dimitar Berbatov: 6 - Lost in inconsistency, Berbatov had a very quiet game against his former team.

Wayne Rooney: 7 - The United forward was superb in creating a first half chance and then late in the second half also, but still misses the magic he had for United in the last year.

He was tireless though, with plenty of runs along the field.



Anderson: 7.5 - Improving with every single game, Anderson helped United to give some domination on the midfield.

He should have played before Carrick.

Chicharito Hernandez: 7 - Chicharito brought in lots of energy to United, but he came in after United were down to 10 men.

So limited in his attacking efforts, Chicharito was superb in his tackle in the last minutes of the game and perhaps saved United from conceding one.


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