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Stalemate at White Hart Lane

Manchester United managed to extend their unbeaten record this season to 21 matches without a defeat and returned to first place in the league table after drawing at Tottenham.

David Beckham was in the stands at Spurs’ White Hart Lane stadium to watch the club he hopes he can play for face one that he represented for so long. However, for all the hard work and star quality there was on show, this encounter turned into a scrappy affair.

After young Brazilian left-back Rafael got a second yellow with 16 minutes to go, United were made to see out the match on the back foot but managed to hold on to a well-earned point with some outstanding defending.

Although Wayne Rooney still remains out of sorts, he produced two of his team’s real moments of danger but wasted an early chance with one shot and was unlucky not to score when Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes made a fantastic save in the second half.

Spurs had plenty of their own opportunities, with Peter Crouch and fellow striker Rafael van der Vaart both coming agonisingly close early on in the game as they tried to convert expert passes from the flanks by right-back Alan Hutton and left-back Gareth Bale.

With the draw, United moved back above arch-rivals Manchester City. While the teams are level on points, the Red Devils have a better goal difference but can also build a lead by winning their two games in hand.

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