Manchester United V Tottenham: Live Updates, Goal Alerts and Text Commentary
Evidently, the writer who was scheduled to take the lead on the live blog was unavailable for this match, so I'll be having a go at it today. This is my first live blog, so wish me luck.
At 3pm EST, Tottenham Hotspur will take the field for their first match of the EPL season. To start your season at Old Trafford is never the most ideal way to get things rolling, and it will likely constitute their toughest test of the year.
For Manchester United, the match will be their first match in front of the home crowd since their Champions run of 2010-11. They're looking to start off just as hot as they finished in the league last time around, and they hope to establish Old Trafford as a fortress yet again in 2011-12.
Meanwhile, 6000 miles away in the outskirts of Seattle, Washington, there will be me, watching live on ESPN2, hoping those dodgy satellites don't cause me any grief like they so love to do, and updating you on all the action.
As I sit here in my white Puma jersey that says "Autonomy" on the front for some odd reason, and my scarf with the picture of a goofy little chicken sitting on top of a football that I'm totally wearing just to keep myself warm, it's important to me that you know that I will be doing my best to avoid showing any bias in this running commentary.
While I do, in fact, support one of the two clubs in this highly-anticipated Monday night match, my goal is to leave you never fully aware of which club that might be, and provide you with the most up-to-date and unbiased coverage I can give. This 1981 FA Cup Final sweatshirt that I'm wearing right now means nothing. I totally don't even know who played in that match. Probably Liverpool or something.
Final tally: Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Yellow Card: Jermain Defoe
De Gea concedes a rebound that Defoe attempts to get at. De Gea brings it back in as Defoe makes his attempt, and Defoe gets the foul for knicking De Gea with his foot.
87' GOAL! Manchester United
Ryan Giggs crosses to Wayne Rooney, who heads it past Friedel for the third goal of the evening. Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur.
Van der Vaart shoots from distance, as De Gea puts it out for a Spurs corner. Van der Vaart takes the cross on the corner and shoots again, and De Gea saves again.
Wayne Rooney misses over the bar from about three yards out.
Manchester United triple-sub:
Chicharito, Ryan Giggs, and Ji-Sung Park come in for Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, and Danny Welbeck.
76' GOAL! Manchester United
Anderson takes advantage of a defensive mistake. Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
74' Spurs Substitutions:
Roman Pavlyuchenko for Niko Kranjcar
Tom Huddlestone for Jake Livermore
Welbeck takes a bicycle attempt at goal, but it lands right in Friedel's arms.
United have 82% of the possession in the last five minutes. Spurs can hardly get a touch.
Rooney puts another shot over the bar. United have taken complete control of this match now.
Wayne Rooney free kick curls toward the corner of the net. Friedel makes a diving save to nudge it out.
Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
61' GOAL! Manchester United
Danny Welbeck heads it in from a beautiful cross from Cleverley.
Van der Vaart takes an optimistic shot from around 45 yards out. Doesn't bother De Gea a bit as it sails way over the bar.
United continue applying pressure, as the Tottenham defense struggle to keep up.
Double Save: Brad Friedel
The American makes two big saves in a row, as Anderson takes a shot, and Rooney puts the rebound back on frame. He's earning his money in this one.
Van der Vaart is livid. He's wide open in the box as Aaron Lennon fails to pick him out. Their best chance of the match is squandered.
Bale shoots from distance, aiming for the far corner. It goes wide, but they're creating opportunities.
Niko Kranjcar is fouled in the attacking half, near midfield. Tactical foul does its job in stopping the momentum.
Van der Vaart takes a shot from distance, but it sails over.
Second Half Begins
Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Defoe takes a shot wide.
Ref breaks up a confrontation between Nani and Kaboul. No cards given, but they'll both have to be a bit more careful.
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?