Hossam Ghaly made his debut alongside Pascal Chimbonda with Mido and Ledley King also back in the line-up at Old Trafford.
THE KEY ACTION...
5mins: Decent start, first time Chimbonda has pushed forward, cross too deep for Mido at far post.
6mins: SAVE. Great hands from Robinson as Ronaldo cut inside Assou-Ekotto and shot with his left foot, 20 yards out, reached Robbo on the bounce but he took cleanly diving to his right.
9mins: GOAL - UNITED. Initial foul by Davids on Saha. Ronaldo went for goal from fully 35 yards and Robinson, sun in his eyes, could only beat the ball out to Giggs who looped header back over the keeper and home off the underside of the crossbar.
United 1, Spurs 0
13mins: Important interceptions first by Ghaly as Saha threatened to break through and then by Chimbonda as Saha went for Ronaldo's low cross.
16mins: Half-chance as Brown went up for Giggs' deep cross, looked like header was going wide but Ghaly there to mop up and clear anyway.
21mins: Our first chance as Jenas played a one-two with Keane, got into the box but scooped effort over from 16 yards.
31mins: Richardson picked up loose ball 25 yards out, spun left and dragged low shot well wide.
33mins: Assou-Ekotto tricked his way past Neville, left byline, cut back failed to find Mido.
38mins: DOUBLE SAVE. Clever chipped pass from Davids and suddenly Dawson - still up from a corner - was one-on-one with Van der Sar. It was a tricky chance with the ball bouncing, Dawson went for lob and couldn't lift it over Van der Sar, who batted it away to the feet of King - also still up - and his side-foot was blocked.
42mins: Great break, Mido skipped over Ferdinand's flying tackle to feed Davids and continued his run, Davids return pass sent him a little wide and his cross was cut out at the near post.
43mins: Play straight back up our end, Evra's cross from left floated inches wide of far post.
Half-time: United 1, Spurs 0
46mins: Good start to the second half, Mido fed Jenas down the right, he won a corner that he took himself, Dawson was inches away from it and the ball didn't fall kindly for King.
47mins: Jenas sliced volley high and wide under pressure from Brown.
50mins: Neville's cross flashed across goal and Richardson made a complete hash of attempt to cut ball back into box.
52mins: SAVE. Another good move down the right ended with Jenas rolling the ball into Chimbonda on the overlap, his attempted cross took a deflection off Ronaldo and started to arc towards the far corner but Van der Sar alive to it and tipped over.
52mins: CHANCE. From corner, Jenas outswinger met by Dawson who thumped powerful header down and wide from 10 yards.
56mins: SUBS - SPURS. Ziegler and Defoe for Davids and Keane.
57mins: YELLOW CARDS. Mido for dissent, Ghaly for foul on Evra.
62mins: Great defending from Dawson as Ronaldo played through Saha, Dawson shepherded the striker to the byline and his block on the cross deflected fora goal kick.
64mins: SAVE. Fantastic reactions from Robinson to tip over as Ronaldo worked a yard of space before hammering shot towards goal from only 10 yards.
65mins: Defoe turned away from Evra and then hurdled a challenge from Richardson that would have put him in Row Z, continued run into the box but Carrick over to block effort.
65mins: YELLOW CARD. Richardson for that tackle.
67mins: CHANCE. Best chance for us yet, Assou-Ekotto floated cross in from the left that picked out Defoe, free header, 10 yards out, always on the stretch though and ended up floating header over.
70mins: SUB - UNITED. Park for Richardson.
75mins: Ronaldo blasted free-kick miles wide.
77mins: CHANCE. Just as good as earlier Defoe chance. Ziegler teased in cross from the left, Mido managed to get in front of Brown but couldn't get enough on flicked header from eight yards and Van der Sar was able to take diving to his left.
79mins: SUB - UNITED. Fletcher for Carrick.
81mins: SUB - SPURS. Murphy for King.
83mins: CHANCE. United's best move of the game, one-touch passing through midfield and then Fletcher sent Saha clear, had Park and Ronaldo square but went for shot and fired well wide.
87mins: SAVE. Saha put through clear on Robinson from half-way, Assou-Ekotto did well to get back and put some pressure on but Saha still through, Robinson stood firm and blocked.
Added time: YELLOW CARD. Evra for dissent.
Added time: SUB - UNITED. Silvestre for Ronaldo.
Added time: Corner cleared to Ziegler, he crossed back into mix but Mido could only loop header onto roof of net.
Full-time: Manchester United 1, Spurs 0
Manchester United: Van der Sar, Neville, Evra, Ferdinand, Brown, Ronaldo (Silvestre, 90), Saha, Giggs, Carrick (Fletcher, 79), O'Shea, Richardson (Park, 70). Subs: Solskjaer, Kuszczak.
Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, King (Murphy, 81), Ghaly, Davids (Ziegler, 56), Jenas, Zokora, Mido, Keane (Defoe, 56). Subs: Cerny, Huddlestone.
Referee: Mr M Riley. Assistants: Mr G Brittain, Mr R Burton. Fourth official: Mr D Gallagher.
75,453 - new Premiership record.
All the action from Saturday evening's Premiership clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.