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KEY ACTION: UNITED 1, SPURS 0

Posted on 26 August 2007  - 12:00

All the action from Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against United at Old Trafford.

All the action from Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against United at Old Trafford.

TEAM NEWS...

Gareth Bale made his Premier League debut while Dimitar Berbatov returned from injury and partnered Robbie Keane up front.

THE KEY ACTION...UNITED 1, SPURS 0...

Full-time: United 1, Spurs 0

Added time: Bale final dart down the left, reached byline, crossed behind Huddlestone, Defoe and Berbatov, ball cleared.

Added time: 4mins

89.45: CLOSE - SPURS. Great pass from Huddlestone picked out Jenas run, would have been clean through but couldn't take ball in stride.

88.12: Hargreaves lashed shot well wide from 25 yards.

86.24: TREATMENT - SPURS. Chimbonda down after going for big header against Evra, looks but dazed but back on.

82.25: SUB - SPURS. Zokora for Rocha.

81.45: CHANCE - SPURS. Corner cleared to Taarant, he found Huddlestone who dinked in pass for Gardner, 12 yards out but back to goal, opted to play wide to Bale and ball cleared.

78.36: CLOSE - SPURS. Berbatov great control to kill high ball and hit curler in an instant, Van der Sar well beaten as ball flew inches wide.

77.31: Bale rolled free-kick square for Taarabt to shoot, ball rebounded off Vidic.

77.09: SUB - UNITED. Fletcher for Tevez.

74.45: SUBS - SPURS. Defoe and Taarabt for Keane and Lee.

73.43: TREATMENT - UNITED. Physio on for Giggs after 50-50 with Gardner, continues after treatment.

68.01: GOAL - UNITED. Nani yard of space 30 yards out, let fly into top corner, ball also may have clipped Tevez on way through.
United 1, Spurs 0

66.19: OFF LINE - UNITED. Nani, left side, chipped cross in, Robinson flying punch out to Tevez, who hit low shot back cleared off line by Bale.

65mins: OFF LINE/PENALTY? - SPURS. Jenas released Berbatov into box, right channel, Van der Sar out to block but it came back to Berbatov, he prodded towards goal where Brown appeared to handle. Ball cleared, corner awarded.

63.15: OFF LINE - SPURS. Bale intercepted loose Vidic pass, ran at Ferdinand and then played ball in behind Vidic to Berbatov, the pair came together going for the ball - possible penalty - but Berbatov managed to poke the ball past Van der Sar, ball rolled agonisingly towards the line and Ferdinand got back to clear.

62.32: YELLOW CARD - SPURS. Huddlestone for foul on Evra.

60.43: Scholes played ball wide to Nani, textbook tackle again from Chimbonda.

58.39: Huddlestone robbed Ferdinand, exchanged passes with Berbatov, looked for Bale's run to far post, cross blocked for corner. Van der Sar punched corner clear.

56.21: SUB - UNITED. Eagles for Carrick.

56.01: CHANCE - SPURS. Bale whipped in inswinging free-kick from right, Rocha on the end of it, six yards out, couldn't guide header on target.

53.45: YELLOW CARD - UNITED. Brown for foul on Bale.

51.35: Decent attack, Lee overlapped down the left, cross cleared to Huddlestone who controlled and volleyed over from 22 yards.

47.10: TREATMENT - SPURS. Malbranque awkward fall after going for header, looks winded, okay after treatment.

46.59: Hargreaves sent Brown away down the right, Bale good pace to catch up and make tackle for corner, corner cleared.

2ND HALF KICKS-OFF

Teams on their way back out - no changes...

Half-time: United 0, Spurs 0

Added time: 2mins

44.44: Hearts in mouths as Chimbonda slid in to tackle Evra, won ball clean for corner, corner cleared to Evra who fired wide.

43.06: TREATMENT - SPURS/UNITED. Rocha climbed high to reach header, fell awkwardly, both he and Nani needed treatment, both okay.

41.20: YELLOW CARD - UNITED. Giggs for foul on Lee.

40.13: Ambitious 35-yarder from Hargreaves half-blocked by Bale, picked up by Robinson.

38.34: CHANCE - UNITED. Nani stepped inside Lee, right channel of box, dragged left-foot shot wide from 16 yards.

37.57: Malbranque won possession off Evra, right side, pass asked lot of Berbatov, Van der Sar out of his area to clear.

34.37: Huddlestone left Hargreaves for dead with side-step, dragged left-foot shot wide.

32.25: Huddlestone clipped lovely pass into Chimbonda, controlled on chest but Vidic cleared.

29.42: Tevez one-two with Giggs, low cross cleared by Rocha.

26.18: CHANCE - UNITED. Tevez did well to keep in long ball, left corner, laid back for Giggs to cross low, ball went between Huddlestone and Gardner for supporting Scholes who could only guide onto the roof of the net.

24.37: Robinson great punch clear under pressure.

23.19: CLOSE - UNITED. Carrick 25-yarder flick off Rocha block and flew inches wide for corner.

22.40: Tevez, out on right, one-two with Nani, Rocha fine covering tackle to block cross. Best spell of United pressure yet.

20.39: SAVE - ROBINSON. Corner cleared out to Hargreaves, his shot deflected to Ferdinand, good chance, far post, effort aiming for left corner, Robinson saved diving to his left.

19.59: Evra break down the left, cross cleared by Rocha.

19.29: CHANCE - SPURS. Berbatov crept in behind Ferdinand, left side of box, pulled the trigger but Vidic made fine block.

18.37: Bale and Huddlestone in for 50-50s, ball ran all the way down the left touchline where Van der Sar came to gather but ball hit corner flag and keeper had to concede throw.

16.50: TREATMENT - UNITED. Nani gets the wet sponge after clash with Lee, okay to continue.

15.22: CHANCE - SPURS. Huddlestone deep free-kick headed back into danger zone by Chimbonda, United failed to clear, ball ran to Rocha who had to hit first time, Carrick and Brown charging in, effort ended in Row Z.

13.08: CHANCE/CLOSE - SPURS. Jenas whipped in corner to near post, Chimbonda, free header, flicked to far post, Gardner just missed it and out for goal kick.

12.32: Bale nicked ball ahead of Brown and went on 70-yard sprint that ended with Ferdinand conceding a corner.

11.54: Malbranque looked for Berbatov over the top, ball skidded through to Van der Sar.

11.25: Nani to byline and dinked cross deep for Giggs, narrow angle, volley taken by Robinson at near post.

10.54: Good pressure on the ball forced United all the way back to Van der Sar, not for first time.

8.45: Scholes starting to find pockets of space in the 'hole', overhit pass looking for Brown.

7.05: Tevez on tail of last defender, this time Rocha, looking to spin away and get onto Brown's pass, Robinson out to gather.

5.38: Tevez crunched into 50-50 with Lee as we looked to hold onto possession.

3.13mins: Rocha stretched to head away from Nani, Giggs first-time volley flew high and wide.

1min: Malbranque taken down from behind, free-kick. Bale's free-kick headed out, Jenas won possession back. Good start.

25seconds: WOODWORK - SPURS. First attack, Malbranque into Berbatov, laid off to Keane whose curler from 25 yards beat Van der Sar and clipped top of crossbar.

1ST HALF KICKS-OFF

4pm: Robbie Keane and Ryan Giggs to centre-circle for toss, we kick-off and attack Stretford End.

3.56pm: Teams on their way out.

3.20pm: Welcome to Old Trafford! A few clouds about but the sun's out and the lads have just come out to warm up.

THE LINE-UPS...

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs, Hargreaves, Carrick (Eagles, 57), Nani, Scholes, Tevez (Fletcher, 78). Subs: Fangzhuo, O'Shea, Kuszczak.

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Lee (Taarabt, 75), Gardner, Rocha (Zokora, 83), Bale, Jenas, Huddlestone, Malbranque, Berbatov, Keane (Defoe, 75). Subs: Cerny, Stalteri.

THE OFFICIALS...

Referee: Mr H Webb. Assistants: Mr D Cann, Mr P Kirkup. Fourth official: Mr P Dowd.