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How they saw it

Posted on 22 September 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

We take a look how other media outlets viewed our 1-0 defeat Premiership defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.

For Paul Wilson's report from the Observer, click here

For the match report from United's official website, manutd.com, click here

For the match report from Ananova, click here

Here's the match report from SkySports.com

Ruud van Nistelrooy's 63rd minute penalty ruined Kasey Keller's supershow at Old Trafford.

Keller had threatened to cause stuttering Manchester United further home embarrassment with a string of unbelievable saves.

But Gary Doherty's clumsy challenge on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presented the Dutchman with the perfect opportunity to kick-start his Premiership scoring exploits and end Spurs' brave resistance.

He did, but few who witnessed this tense and turbulent thriller will forget the performance of the 33-year-old American in the Tottenham goal as he deprived the Reds time and time again.

United, meandering in 10th before the start of play, climb back up to more familiar ground of the top six. And that will be the way they continue moving in the table if they can repeat the determination shown on this testing afternoon.

Spurs, too, will continue to hover high if this performance is repeated. They nullified United's attack while going on the front foot at the other end. And if Dean Richards found the net and not Fabien Barthez's legs from three yards out with the game still goalless, the three points could well have been theirs.

With two 1-0 victories and a similar defeat on their three home outings so far, the pattern of previous home games was quickly repeated, United exploring all attacking options against opponents largely content to soak up the pressure.

And, just like West Brom, Middlesbrough and Bolton, Spurs survived untroubled for long periods. It was not that United were not creating opportunities, just that the final ball - or shot - was not of the quality that has become their trademark.

Phil Neville found himself in an excellent position when he raced into the box from Nicky Butt's pass but lacked the confidence to shoot, attempting a pull-back to his advancing strikers and allowing Keller to collect at the second attempt.

Neither Ryan Giggs nor David Beckham could find their range before Keller produced a stunning one-handed save from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who allowed Giggs' flicked header to bounce once before lashing it goalwards.

In between United's surges, Goran Bunjevcevic forced Barthez to fly across his goal to tip round his 25-yard drive. Spurs were not much of a threat, but they were doing enough at this stage to keep United on their toes.

If the opening period had been somewhat predictable, the second opened with a flurry of activity which saw both keepers perform heroics before the deadlock was eventually broken.

Keller took just 30 seconds to make his mark again with a save from Van Nistelrooy. However, there was a true showman at the other end and Barthez wasn't to be outdone with a tremendous bit of anticipation 40-yards out of goal.

When Rio Ferdinand blundered a routine pass on halfway, he was rescued by his goalkeeper, who raced 40 yards from his goal, then produced a flying tackle to rob Keane when any failure in execution would have resulted in a red card, a goal or both.

If that was not enough, Barthez then continued on his way, dribbling forward before setting United on another attack.

Van Nistelrooy's opener should have settled United down but another foot-first save from Keller denied the Dutchman a second and then Veron, all 28.1million of him, ballooned a shot miles wide with the goal at his mercy.

It was the end of his afternoon as Gary Neville made his entrance for the first time in four months. The England full-back's arrival helped ease United home, although Barthez was called upon again in the last minute, flinging himself forward to intercept Etherington's cross with Redknapp waiting to pounce.

MAN OF THE MATCH: KASEY KELLER (SPURS)
His performance was as good as you will see from any goalkeeper. Denied United time and time again and was only beaten by penalty.