Spurs v Manchester United Match Reports
[this page is under-going construction – please bear with MEHSTG as we try to complete this mammoth task for all our opponents.]

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14.01.2024 Premier League    Away    Drew   2-2      For a match report, click here.
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19.08.2023 Premier League    Home    Won   2-0      For a match report, click here.
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27.04.2023 Premier League    Home    Drew   2-2      For a match report, click here.
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19.10.2022 Premier League    Away    Lost   0-2      For a match report, click here.
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12.03.2022 Premier League    Away    Lost   2-3      For a match report, click here.
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30.10.2021 Premier League    Home    Lost   0-3     For a match report, click here.
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11.04.2021 Premier League    Home    Lost   1-3     For a match report, click here.
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04.10.2020 Premier League    Away    Won    6-1     For a match report, click here
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19.06.2020 Premier League    Home   Drew    1-1     For a match report, click here
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04.12.2019 Premier League.  Away   Lost    1-2     For a match report, click here
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13.01.2019 Premier League    Home (Wembley)   Lost    0-1     For a match report, click here
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27.08.2018
Premier League    Away    Won    3-0     For a match report, click here
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01.03.2018 FA Cup Semi-final    Wembley    Lost    1-2

Teams :
Man U –  David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia    27 (Matteo Darmian 80), Ashley Young    71, Ander Herrera    90, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard (Marcus Rashford 83    85), Alexis Sanchez (Marouane Fellaini 90), Romelu Lukaku.
Subs. not used :  Joel Perreira, Victor Lindeloff, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial
Spurs –  Michel Vorm, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies (Lucas Moura 68), Eric Dier    81, Davison Sanchez, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli    50, Moussa Dembele (Victor Wanyama 78), Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son    28 (Eric Lamela 86), Harry Kane
Subs. not used :  Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko
Referee : –  Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –  84,667

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31.01.2018 Premier League     Home  (Wembley)     Won     2-0     For a match report, click here
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28.10.2017 Premier League     Away    Lost     0-1     For a match report, click here
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14.05.2017 Premier League     Home    Won    2-1     For a match report, click here
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11.12.2016 Premier League     Away     Lost    0-1     For a match report, click here
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10.04.2016 Premier League.  Home  Won  3-0     For a match report, click here
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08.08.2015 Premier League    Away     Lost      0-1     For a match report, click here
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15.03.2015 Premier League     Away    Lost      0-3     For a match report, click here
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28.12.2014 Premier League     Home  Drew      0-0     For a match report, click here
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01.01.2014 Premier League.     Away     Won      2-1     For a match report, click here
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01.12.2013 Premier League     Home     Drew      2-2     For a match report, click here
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20.01.2013 Premier League     Home     Drew      1-1     For a match report, click here
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29.09.2012 Premier League     Away     Won      3-2     For a match report, click here
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04.03.2012 Premier League     Home     Lost      1-3     For a match report, click here
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22.08.2011 Premier League     Away     Lost      0-3     For a match report, click here
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16.01.2011 Premier League     Home     Drew      0-0     For a match report, click here
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30.10.2010 Premier League     Away     Lost      0-2     For a match report, click here
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24.04.2010 Premier League     Away     Lost      1-3     For a match report, click here
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01.12.2009
League Cup Fifth Round     Away     Lost      0-2     For a match report, click here
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12.09.2009 Premier League     Home     Lost      1-3     For a match report, click here
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25.04.2009 Premier League     Away     Lost      2-5     For a match report, click here
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01.03.2009 League Cup Final     Wembley     Drew     0-0  (lost 1-4 on penalties)     For a match report, click here
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24.01.2009 FA Cup Fourth Round     Away     Lost      1-2     For a match report, click here.
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13.12.2008 Premier League     Home     Drew      0-0     For a match report, click here
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02.02.2008 Premier League     Home     Drew      1-1     For a match report, click here.
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27.01.2008 FA Cup Fourth Round     Away     Lost      1-3     For a match report, click here.
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26.08.2007 Premier League     Away     Lost      0-1     For a match report, click here
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04.02.2007 Premier League     Home     Lost      0-4     For a match report, click here
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09.09.2006 Premier League     Away     Lost     0-1     For a match report, click here
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17.04.2006 Premier League     Home     Lost     1-2     For a match report, click here
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22.10.2005 Premier League     Away     Drew     1-1     For a match report, click here
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04.01.2005 Premier League    Away    Drew     0-0     For a match report, click here
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20.03.2004 Premier League    Away     Lost     0-3     For a match report, click here
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21.12.2003 Premier League    Home      Lost     1-2     For a match report, click here
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27.04.2003 Premier League     Home     Lost     0-2     For a match report, click here
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21.09.2002 Premier League     Away    Lost     0-1     For a match report, click here
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06.03.2002 Premier League     Away    Lost     0-4     For a match report, click here
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29.09.2001 Premier League    Home     Lost     3-5     For a match report, click here
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19.05.2001 Premier League     Home    Won    3-1     For a match report, click here
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02.12.2000 Premier League     Away     Lost     0-2
For a match report, click here
Ref. : Graham Poll
Linsesmen : Mr. G. Atkins; Mr. G. Hegley
Fourth official : Mr. A. Kaye

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06.05.2000 Premier League     Away     Lost     1-3

This was always going to be a day of celebration for Manchester United and so it turned out to be. For the second successive season Spurs were the visitors for the final game of the season at Old Trafford. The difference this year was that the Championship had been well and truly won long before this match. The result was therefore of little importance although Spurs are one of only three teams to beat United in the league this year. Just to get things going Alex Ferguson was presented with The Carling Manager of the Month award for April before the game. Old Trafford has grown since we last visited with another tier completed at one end and an additional tier under construction at The Stretford end. It is an exceptional Stadium.

The Tottenham team contained some surprises. Ginola was left out and was not even on the bench. Etherington started on the left side of midfield with Clemence at left back. The fact that Spurs had a stand in fullback and that Clemence would undoubtedly need help coping with the right side of United (Beckham & Neville) may go some way to explain Ginola’s omittance although it may be deeper! Davies started in the centre of midfield with Anderton switching to the right. Ledley King was back in the squad as a substitute with Gary Doherty also on the bench following his move from Luton.

Spurs kicked off in the sunshine and that was the last they saw of the ball for five minutes as United applied constant pressure. From a corner whipped in by Beckham, Stam touched on the ball and Solskjaer headed firmly past Walker from close in. Not the start a young Spurs side wanted but to their credit they gradually battled back into the game. In the 20th minute Anderton put in an excellent cross from the right which Armstrong met with a diving header at the near post to level. This immediately silenced the Old Trafford crowd who earlier had been involved in a Mexican wave. Why they want to do such things whilst there is a game of football going on is beyond me but perhaps it says a lot about the Old Trafford crowd.

The game was open and Spurs had chances. Anderton and Carr both squared the ball when they should have pulled back their cross to unmarked colleagues. Armstrong was unlucky when his shot flashed past the far post. Then in true United style they sealed the game in two minutes. First Beckham was fed the ball on the edge of the Spurs area following a move by Sheringham and Solskjaer. He found himself in acres of space courtesy of the Spurs defence and hit a typical swerving, dipping shot which flew past Walker and in off the upright. Then a long ball was cleverly nodded down by Sheringham to Solskjaer. Sheringham eventually received the ball back again with space to advance on goal and crash the ball in. Game set and match and still not halftime.

The second half saw an open game with both teams apparently content and seemingly playing for time. There were chances at both ends, Walker made a couple of smart saves. Korsten came on as a substitute and had a excellent opportunity but panicked as usual and blazed over the top. There was also a debut for Gary Doherty with Houston, no doubt under instruction from George, clearly taking the chance to blood a few youngsters. As expected Sol gave a strong performance which hopefully was not his last in a Spurs shirt at Old Trafford.  

The Spurs fans hung up a banner proclaiming “We want our Spurs back”, although it did not say which Spurs!

There was some good support from the visiting fans and the chant of “shit ground , no fans” seemed to go down well. It was disappointing to hear the barracking for Houston during the game as this can do nothing to help the situation.  At the end of the game there was the customary applauding of the fans before both sets of players left the pitch.  There then followed the presentation of the Premier Trophy and massive celebrations. To their credit plenty of Spurs fans stayed on to applaud the Champions. The lap of honour was joined by the children of the players whilst the wives looked on. Perhaps predictably the show was stolen by a very small Brooklyn Beckham.

 MEHSTG TOP MAN : – Sol Campbell

Eric the Viking

Teams :
Manchester United – Raymond Van der Gouw, Phil Neville, Jaap Stam (Henning Berg 26), Mikael Silvestre, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Nicky Butt (Jonathan Greening 63), Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Jordi Cruyff 79)
Subs not used : –  Quinton Fortune, Ronnie Wallwork
Tottenham Hotspur – Walker, Carr, Perry, Campbell, Clemence, Anderton, Freund, Davies, Etherington (King 84), Armstrong (Doherty 70), Iversen (Korsten 70)
Subs not used : – Segers, Scales

Goal-scorers : Manchester United – Solskjaer 5, Beckham 34, Sheringham 36
                    Tottenham Hotspur – Armstrong 20
 
Attendance : 61,629
Weather : Bright & Sunny
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23.10.1999 Premier League     Home     Won     3-1

For a while at the start of the game, with the injuries taking their toll and the visitors passing the ball around confidently, it looked like it was to be a very bleak day for Spurs. As the rain continued to lash the pitch, it was only sporadically that Tottenham broke free from the shackles of their own half and the confines of the way they were compressing the game into a very small area.  When Giggs waltzed into the Spurs box and delicately lifted the ball over Walker, it seemed as though this could be another example of how far behind the top sides we were.  But two pieces of luck turned the tide and gave Tottenham confidence to play as they can against the current Premier League champions.  Firstly, Silvestre headed a back pass wide of Boo-snitch and only just wide of the goal, but from the resulting corner, Sherwood’s flick-on found Iversen at the far stick.  His header was blocked on the line by the Man. U. keeper and his follow-up stopped on the line.  Steffen’s persistence paid off when his third attempt, while laying on the sodden turf, saw him prod the ball into the opposite side of the goal.  Claims for handball may have had some credence, but things had been going the Reds way until then and they didn’t like it when things got worse.  Another corner, this time from the left was missed by Young at the near post and expertly headed into the top corner by … Paul Scholes !!  The niggle that United seem to reserve for us when they aren’t getting all the decisions suddenly resurfaced and some naughty stuff by Beckham off the ball and Keane and Silvestre on it was allowed to pass without punishment.

Into the second half and the continuing rain made the pitch hold the ball up and it was difficult for all concerned.  Sir Alex, as always, made the excuse for his side and this time it was the pitch that didn’t suit his team.  Wasn’t it the same one we were playing on and had to come to terms with ?? Wasn’t it the same one that Ginola lost out to, when he would have liked the ball to run on ?? Oh, and then there was the ref, who spotted which falls were dives and did very well, according to the knighted Scot, aiming his barb at Ginola, but was it not Scholes who twice fell inside the area and play was waved on ?? Anyway, Sol cleared from in front of the line, as Stam had done at the other end, Walker made a couple of good low saves when unsighted and Freund was up for it once Keane brought him down and then stamped on his thigh.  While Manchester United had a lot of the possession (mainly thanks to being presented with it by our boys), they failed to create clear chances and when Stephen Carr ran onto a ball on the right and rammed an unstoppable shot into the inside netting of the far side of the goal, Spurs were just about safe.

With Perry missing and Fox in for Armstrong, the whole side pulled together to stop Man. U. playing. This resulted in the petulant one getting frustrated and scything down Taricco for a yellow card.  Ferguson took him off straight away and then Spurs went 3-1 up soon after.  His lack of self discipline cost his side the game.  A lesson unfortunately, in my opinion, he is not mature enough to take in.  For Tottenham, it was a real joy to see them play some of the football they managed and to work so hard to ensure the position they had achieved did not slip.  A similar result in our next home game …  We can dream, can’t we ??

MEHSTG TOP MEN : TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Pete Stachio

Scorers
Spurs : –  Iversen 37, Scholes (o.g.) 40, Carr 71
Man U  : –   Giggs 23

Teams : –
Spurs : –  Ian Walker, Stephen Carr, Sol Campbell, Luke Young (Ramon Vega 76), Mauricio Taricco, Ruel Fox  (John Piercy 87), Steffen Freund  , Tim Sherwood  , Oyvind Leonhardsen, Steffen Iversen, David Ginola
Man U : –   Mark Bosnich, Phil Neville, Jaap Stam, Mikael Silvestre, Denis Irwin (Jonathan Greening 82), David Beckham  (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 68), Paul Scholes, Roy Keane  , Ryan Giggs, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole.
Referee : –  Jeff Winter (Whitley Bay)
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –  36,072.

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16.05.1999 Premier League     Away     Lost     1-2

At a tense ‘Theatre of Dreams’ only Spurs stood between Man Utd and the Championship. The one problem being that if Spurs took anything from this game then the Gooners could become Champions. Many of the Spurs fans made their feelings known from the start; Spurs to give a good account of themselves, but under no circumstances allow the championship to return to Highbury. Mission accomplished. Before the match we had a local opera singer entertaining the crowd and lifting the atmosphere. The scene was set. There was some early tension, but United looked as if they meant business. In the 9th minute Ginola seemed to be caught on the heel by Neville and the Player of the Year left the proceedings almost immediately. Rumour has it he had some shopping to do in the Megastore before catching the 5 o’clock flight to Cannes.  Walker decided to test the nerves by delaying his clearance and then kicking the ball against Yorke and watch it spin onto the post. ‘Don’t make it so obvious’ cried a Spurs wag.  As United launched wave upon wave of attack Spurs made the occasional break. Then in the 25th minute Walker hit a huge kick forward which Iversen helped on to Ferdinand. Les resisted Johnsen’s challenge and looped the ball over the advancing Schmeichel into the far corner of the goal. Muted celebrations from the Spurs fans realising the implications of the goal. ‘Come on Villa’ they chanted. Typical Ferdinand, where has he been all season when we really needed him?  Spurs taking the lead seemed to inspire United even more and we were then treated to some magnificent reaction saves by Walker as he frustrated their attacks. Eventually however a breakthrough had to come and Beckham hit an unstoppable shot across goal. Despite getting his hand to it Walker could not stop it.  
Half Time 1-1. Cole for Sheringham was the half time substitution. Teddy had been cautioned in the first half for a bad tackle on Campbell and was lucky not to be punished further for a challenge on Dominguez. How quickly the substitution paid dividends though.  Two minutes after coming on Cole had collected a pass from Neville and scored. It looked impossible for Spurs to bounce back. Then news of Kanu’s goal at Highbury saw United a little shaken. Spurs could have had a penalty for a tug on Dominguez, but no one was really appealing. Opposition do not get penalties at Old Trafford.  Spurs fans stayed behind to watch the extremely well organised and expensive celebrations organised by Carling. Sheringham was booed when he received his medal and it was the end of the classic song ‘Oh Teddy Teddy went to Man United and he won …’ A good day out. George will know he has a lot to do if we are ever to challenge for League honours.    MEHSTG TOP MAN (and my Man of the Season) – Sol Campbell 

Eric the Viking

Teams :
Man Utd:  Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, David May, Ronnie Johnsen, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Scholes (Nicky Butt 70), Ryan Giggs (Phil Neville 79), Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham (Andy Cole 45)
Subs not used: Raymond Van De Gouw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Spurs : –  Ian Walker, Stephen Carr, John Scales (Luke Young 78), Sol Campbell, Justin Edinburgh, Steffen Freund, Darren Anderton, Tim Sherwood, David Ginola (Jose Dominguez 9 [Andy Sinton 72]), Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen.
Subs not used : –  Espen Baardsen, Stephen Clemence.  

Attendance: 55,189
Weather : Sunny   

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12.12.1998 Premier League     Home     Drew     2-2

So this time there was no excuse. The first choice team played and there was no “second rate” competition involved. But then Alex will always find something to whinge on about. This time it will be the referee and how unfair his was to his poor little boys. Well, Mr. Ferguson, let me tell you this. Your boys gave out a hell of a (physical) beating. And they were lucky to have TEN left on the pitch at the end. Having already escaped without a card for one blatantly late challenge, Gary Neville picked up a yellow for a two footed lunge. Then only minutes later wasn’t bright enough to realise that his scything challenge on Ginola would earn him another and an accompanying red card. The melee around this incident was confusing. In the build up to the sending off tackle David Beckham had tried to take Sinton’s legs from behind – the ref seeing the challenge and playing on. I thought that he had shown the petulant scoundrel the yellow after he had dismissed Neville. Thus, in the second half when Tosser Spice lost his rag and upended Sinton, earning a yellow card, I expected a red to be shown too. But in the heat of the moment I must have been mistaken. However, Roy Keane had been booked before he grabbed Sinton by the shirt and swung him around in front of the ref, when Sints wreaked revenge on Beckham with a blatant hack at the poncy England tart. The referee had set the tone for the match by brandishing yellow cards, left, right and centre – punishing dissent heavily, while (obviously as I was mislead) letting bad fouls go without. Sinton’s challenge was one which should have earned a red (as should Beckham’s on him), but he knew he would only get a yellow. Unfortunately, this all detracted from an enthralling match.

Whatever you think of the man who got England knocked out of the World Cup (and let’s face it not many think much of him), his two quality balls resulted in Spurs going two down after 20 minutes. Solskjaer scoring both – the first after Walker had managed to get down low to stop Giggs from scoring and the second, a sharp volley. Until the first goal Tottenham had the better of the game, Schmeichel looking unhappy in goal with sloppy handling and erratic kicking. The ball pinged about their box, with Campbell having a header swiped away by the Dane and Anderton grazing the bar with a free-kick from outside the box. Walker made a good save from Keane’s 20 yard effort and Luke Young strode out of defence to shoot from from the edge of the box, the United keeper palming away the tame drive, but Armo could not get any purchase on the follow-up. Armstrong also had an opportunity coming in at the far post, but Les’ flick just made him hurry his effort and his hand (unseen by the officials) directed the ball wide.

Neville’s dismissal just before half-time meant that things were going to be tough for the visitors after the break and so it proved. The only real effort they had was a long shot from Stam that Walker saved well. At the other end, Nielsen had a great chance from a Carr cross, but his header went straight at Schmeichel. Just when it seemed Tottenham would get nothing from the game, Sol rose for a corner and headed past the keeper. The approach play was better in the second half, with Ginola putting some good balls into the box, without anyone getting on the end of them and occasionally cutting inside, but his shots flew over the bar. A couple of times the ball dropped down from a Man U defenders clearance in the box, but there was never a Spurs man there to capitalise. However, in the last minutes Sol repeated his leap and like against Leeds he had salvaged a point at the death. It was no more than Tottenham deserved and no more than United deserved for their cynical attempts to put Ginola out of the game. To his credit he got on with his own game (apart from a couple of theatrical falls which the referee failed to be impressed by) and did what George and the fans want to see – the opposition punished. A display that, although Yorke was injured, was against the “full” United side and again the gap between us and the top teams is not that great. If only we hadn’t given them the space to go two goals up ….

MEHSTG TOP MAN : – LUKE YOUNG

Teams : –
Spurs : –   Ian Walker, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Luke Young, Darren Anderton, Ruel Fox (Rory Allen 82), David Ginola, Allan Nielsen, Andy Sinton  , Chris Armstrong, Les Ferdinand 
Unused subs. : –
Manchester United  : –  Peter Schmeichel, Ronny Johnsen  , Gary Neville      39, Phil Neville  , Jaap Stam, David Beckham  , Nicky Butt  , Ryan Giggs (Jesper Blomqvist 86), Roy Keane, Teddy Sheringham  (Andy Cole 74), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Henning Berg 46)
Unused subs.  : –
Ref.  : –  – (-)
Attendance : –  36,058

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02.12.1998 League Cup Fifth Round     Home     Won     3-1

So, the Man U reserves came to White Hart Lane in a competition they were not interested in.  Oh, yeah.  That’s why there were nine internationals in the side and most of them would get into most first teams around the country.  Whoever is in the team, they still have to be beaten.  And that is what happened.

The first half was a strange affair with neither side really getting it together. A llan Nielsen broke into the opponents box on two occasions, but didn’t take the chances himself – nor did he set up better positioned players alongside him (I think he had Anfield on his mind) and at the break it was still 0-0.

The second half was a lot better.  Tottenham took the lead when a cross into the box from Sinton was headed on by Fox and Armo looped a header over van der Gouw into the net.  This was shortly followed by a cracking header from the same player after Ginola had tormented the Man U defenders with some dazzling footwork and drilled in a superb cross.  Things looked a bit wobbly when Butt ran unchallenged onto a ball into the box, but couldn’t keep his shot down and from two yards out it went away for a goal-kick.  A goal was pulled back through E. Sheringham (Cockney Red) headed precisely past Walker, but this did little to protect him from the almost constant derision from the Tottenham crowd.  However, with the clock running down, David Ginola decided to stamp his class on the match with the final word.  He ran across the box and unleashed a ferocious drive that stayed about two feet off the ground the whole of the way into the net.  The Man U keeper didn’t even move.

It was a fitting way for him to round off the evening and even though Alex Ferguson said that the result did not reflect Manchester United’s superiority, I feel he must have been thinking of some other time we have played them.  Tonight, the result was a true reflection of the game. United didn’t take the game as seriously as they should and paid the price.  Tottenham’s players all gave good accounts of themselves and thoroughly deserved what they got from the game.  I know that it will be a different kettle of fish when the two teams meet again in ten days, but we’re through to the Semis against Wimbledon and Man U ain’t.

MEHSTG TOP MAN : DAVID GINOLA (is this getting boring ?)

Teams : –
Spurs : –  Ian Walker, Colin Calderwood (Ruel Fox 46), Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Luke Young, Darren Anderton, David Ginola, Allan Nielsen, Andy Sinton, Chris Armstrong (Les Ferdinand 86), Steffen Iversen
Unused subs. : –  Espen Baardsen, Clive Wilson, Stephen Clemence
Manchester United  : –  Raimond van der Gouw, Henning Berg, Michael Clegg, John Curtis (Jesper Blomkvist 86), John Curtis, Ronny Johnsen, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt (Alex Notman 72), Ryan Giggs, Jonathan Greening (David Beckham 86), Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Unused subs.  : –  Nick Culkin, Ronnie Wallwork
Ref.  : –  Peter Jones (-)
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –  35,702

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10.01.1998 Premier League     Away     Lost     0-2

Two Ryan Giggs goals gave Manchester United the win in this Premier League meeting.

Baardsen was in early action to stop Andy Cole from scoring, while the defence worked hard to deny United any chances.  Two minutes before the break, Giggs hit a shot past our Norwegian keeper, after our keeper spilled Beckham’s cross and then headed a second in the 67th minute to seal the win.  

Baardsen did well to keep Sheringham’s effort out and Spurs did not give up, with Klinsmann shooting just wide and debutant Nicola Berti hitting a shot just too high, but it was not enough to beat United.

Teams :
Man U  –  Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Gary Pallister, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes,  Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
Subs not used :
Spurs –  Espen Baardsen, Stephen Carr, Ramon Vega, Sol Campbell, Clive Wilson, Stephen Clemence (Andy Sinton 54), Ruel Fox (Garry Brady 77), Colin Calderwood, Nicola Berti, Jose Dominguez, Jurgen Klinsmann 
Subs not used : – Simon Brown, Gary Mabbutt, Paul Mahorn
Ref : Paul Alcock (Kent)
Linesmen : Mr. N. E. Green (Worcester); Mr. N. Hancox (West Midlands)
Fourth official : G. Hilton (Ashton-in-Makerfield)
Attendance : –  55,281

NOTE : – Nicola Berti made his Tottenham debut.

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10.08.1997 Premier League     Home     Lost     0-2

This was the first time Tottenham had been allocated a home match to open a campaign since the Premier League began and the game was played out in front of an empty North Stand, which was being redeveloped.

Roy Keane had a early chance with a fifth minute header that went over the bar, then debutant Les Ferdinand forced Schmeichel into two saves, while Ramon Vega had two close attempts.  Spurs had a penalty shout denied, when Paul Scholes appeared to foul Vega in a match of few chances.  Walker stopped efforts from Sheringham and Cruyff, while Nielsen and Vega both missed the target at the other end.  Spurs fans were howling with laughter when Sheringham completely missed his kick in front of Ian Walker’s goal.  Ferdinand looked like reaching Nielsen’s cross until Phil Neville stretched a leg to get there first in the 76th minute.

Allan Nielsen’s 81st minute tackle on Sheringham unfortunately took the ball straight into the path of Nicky Butt, who fired past Walker.  Tottenham’s woe was compounded within 60 seconds, as Vega sliced David Beckham’s cross into his own goal.

So, even though Spurs slipped to a 2-0 defeat, the Spurs crowd had something to celebrate – the fact that a penalty awarded to United for handball against Justin Edinburgh – his sliding tackle on Jordi Cruyff saw his arm make contact with the ball – was taken by recent defectee Teddy Sheringham and he could only hit it against the post.

Teams :
Spurs  –   Ian Walker, Stephen Carr, Sol Campbell, Ramon Vega, Justin Edinburgh, Allan Nielsen, David Howells, Stephen Clemence (Andy Sinton 73), David Ginola, Steffen Iversen, Les Ferdinand.
Subs not used : –  Espen Baardsen, Colin Calderwood, John Scales, Neale Fenn
Man U  –  Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Ronnie Johnsen, Gary Pallister, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes (David Beckham 64), Nicky Butt, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham, Jordi Cruyff
Subs not used : Raymond van der Gouw, Gary Neville, Brian McClair, Karel Poborsky
Attendance : –   26,359
Ref. : – Graham Poll (Herts).

Weather : –   Hot, humid.

NOTE : –  David Ginola, Stephen Clemence and Les Ferdinand made their debuts.

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12.01.1997 Premier League     Home     Lost     1-2

Spurs lost out 1-2 in this Premier League match at the Lane against Manchester United, who took the lead through Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on 22 minutes, but Rory Allen nodded in an unconventional equaliser from a blocked shot a minute before the half-time interval.  However, it was a well constructed goal that won the game for United, with the ball being laid back to David Beckham, who powered home his shot from 30 yards with fifteen minutes remaining.

Teams :
Spurs : –  Ian Walker, Stephen Carr (Ruel Fox 83), Ramon Vega (Dean Austin 70), Sol Campbell, Justin Edinburgh, Colin Calderwood, David Howells, Clive Wilson, Andy Sinton, Rory Allen, Steffen Iversen.
Subs not used :   Espen Baardsen, Stuart Nethercott, Ronny Rosenthal
Man U : –  Peter Schmeichel, Ronny Johnsen (Chris Casper 79), David May, Gary Pallister, Gary Neville, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes (Karel Poborsky 70), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Andy Cole 89), Eric Cantona
Subs not used :  Raymond Van Der Gouw, Brian McClair
Referee : –  Martin Bodenham (Cornwall)
Linesmen : –  Mr. D. R. Crick (Surrey) – Yellow flag; Mr. J. W. Pettitt (Kent) – Red/Yellow flag
Reserve Official : – David Elleray (Middlesex)
Attendance : –  33,026

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05.01.1997 FA Cup Third Round    Away     Lost     0-2

An injury hit Spurs put up a good fight in the FA Cup Third Round tie, but ended up losing out to a United side on a good run.  Youngsters Neale Fenn and Rory Allen led the Tottenham attack, but they had few chances, as United went through thanks to goals from Paul Scholes and a fine free-kick from David Beckham.

Teams :
Man U  :  Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin (Brian McClair), David May, Roy Keane, Ronnie Johnsen, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs
Subs : Raymond van der Gouw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Spurs –  Ian Walker, Dean Austin, Justin Edinburgh, David Howells, Colin Calderwood, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Allan Nielsen, Neale Fenn, Rory Allen, AndySinton
Unused Subs. : –  Ruel Fox, Clive Wilson, Simon Brown
Referee : –
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –  52,495.

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29.09.1996 Premier League     Away     Lost     0-2

Spurs slipped to defeat at Old Trafford in this Premier League game, but only after being denied a goal when the referee ruled out David Howells’ strike for offside. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer netted in the 39th minute and then added another in the second half to give United a 2-0 win.

Teams :
Man U –  Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irain, Gary Neville, Gary Pallister  , David May, David Beckham  , Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs (Jordi Cruyff 45), Karel Poborsky (Paul Scholes 64), Eric Cantona, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Subs not used :
Spurs –  Ian Walker, Colin Calderwood, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Clive Wilson, Ruel Fox (Ronny Rosenthal 83), David Howells  (Justin Edinburgh 70), Allan Nielsen, Andy Sinton, Rory Allen  , Teddy Sheringham
Subs not used :
Ref. : – Gary Willard (Worthing)
Linesmen : Mr. A. S. Hogg (Derbyshire); Mr. M. D. Messias (Rawcliffe, York)
Fourth Official : Roger Dilkes (Mossley)
Attendance : –  54,943.

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24.03.1996 Premier League     Away     Lost     0-1.

Teams :
Man U –  Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Phil Neville (David Beckham 63), Steve Bruce, David May, Nicky Butt    48, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane    42, Lee Sharpe, Eric Cantona, Andy Cole (Brian McClair 72).
Sub. not used : –  Paul Scholes
Spurs –  Ian Walker, Dean Austin, Sol Campbell, Gary Mabbutt    15 (Stuart Nethercott 51), Clive Wilson, Jason Dozzell, Ruel Fox, David Howells, Andy Sinton, Chris Armstrong, Teddy Sheringham
Subs not used : –  Erik Thorstvedt, Justin Edinburgh.
Ref. : –  Gerard Ashby (Worcestershire)
Linesmen : – .
Attendance : –  50,157.

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01.01.1996 Premier League     Home     Won     4-1

Spurs opened up 1996 with a convincing 4-1 Premier League win over Manchester United.

The two teams sat second (United) and third (Spurs) and absences had robbed both sides of regular starters.  An injury to Peter Schmeichel in the pre-match warm-up saw him struggle through the first half, but leave the action at the break and debutant William Prunier failed to adjust to the pace of the Premiership as Spurs tore into the Red Devils.

Spurs strikers Teddy Sheringham and Chris Armstrong had both been denied by the woodwork before the latter set up the former to fire home on 35 minutes.  United hit straight back though, with Phil Neville putting in a low ball for Andrew Cole to convert.  However, Tottenham went into the interval 2-1 up as Dean Austin’s cross was powered home by Sol Campbell’s head.

With substitute keeper Kevin Pilkington on between the sticks, Spurs continued to press forward and three minutes after the restart Chris Armstrong got Tottenham’s third.  United strove to get back into the game, but Ian Walker denied them with some good stops and when he was beaten, Ronnie Rosenthal was on hand to clear off the goal-line.  It  was left to Armstrong to round off the scoring with a towering 66th minute header to complete United’s misery.

Teams :
Spurs –   Ian Walker, Dean Austin    50, Colin Calderwood, Sol Campbell, Stuart Nethercott, Justin Edinburgh, Darren Caskey, Ilie Dumitrescu (Gerry McMahon 80), Ronny Rosenthal, Teddy Sheringham (c), Chris Armstrong.
Subs not used : –  Chris Day, Steven Slade
Man U –  Peter Schmeichel (Kevin Pilkington 46), Gary Neville, Phil Neville (Lee Sharpe 69), Paul Parker, William Prunier, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane (Brian McClair 69), Eric Cantona, Andy Cole.
Ref. : – Gerald Ashby (Worcestershire)
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –  32,852.

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15.03.1995 Premier League     Away     Drew     0-0.

Teams :
Man U –  Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs  , Paul Ince Andrei Kanchelskis, Brian McClair (Nicky Butt 76), Lee Sharpe  , Andy Cole, Mark Hughes.
Subs not used : – Gary Walsh, Gary Neville
Manager : – Alex Ferguson
Spurs – Ian Walker, Dean Austin, Colin Calderwood  , Gary Mabbutt, Justin Edinburgh  , Darren Anderton, David Howells, Nicky Barmby, Jurgen Klinsmann, Ronny Rosenthal, Teddy Sheringham
Subs not used : –  Erik Thorstvedt, Stuart Nethercott, Darren Caskey
Manager : – Gerry Francis
Attendance : –  43,802
Ref. : – Kelvin Morton (Bury St. Edmunds)
Linesmen : – Mr. R. F. Jeavons (Wolverhampton); Mr. B. D. Priest (Halesowen)
Fourth official : N. Doherty (Victoria Park).

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27.08.1994 Premier League     Home     Lost     0-1.

Teams :
Spurs – Ian Walker, Colin Calderwood (Micky Hazard 56), Justin Edinburgh, Sol Campbell, Stuart Nethercott, David Kerslake, Darren Anderton  24, Nicky Barmby, Ilie Dumitrescu, Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham
Subs not used :  Chris Day, Gary Mabbutt
Man U : –   Peter Schmeichel, David May, Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Lee Sharpe, Gary Pallister, Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince, Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs  27
Subs not used :   Kevin Pilkington, Nicky Butt, Dion Dublin
Ref. : –  Keith Burge (Tonypandy)
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –   24,502.

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15.01.1994 Premier League     Home     Lost     0-1.

Teams :
Spurs : – Ian Walker, Colin Calderwood  58, Justin Edinburgh (Dean Austin 56), Sol Campbell, Steve Sedgley, David Kerslake, Darren Anderton, Nicky Barmby (John Hendry 64), Darren Caskey, Micky Hazard, Vinny Samways
Subs not used :  Chris Day
Man U : –  Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Paul Parker, Gary Pallister, Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Mark Hughes (Brian McClair 81), Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs.
Subs not used : –  Les Sealey, Dion Dublin
Ref. : –  Roger Milford (Bristol)
Linesmen : –
Attendance : –   31,343.

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Thanks to the 11v11 website and Bob Griffiths’ “Tottenham Hotspur – The Complete Record” for some of the team line-ups.