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Statistics & Post-Match Quotes | Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Team and individual player statistics. Post-match quotes as well from Sir Alex Ferguson, Patrice Evra, and Andre Villas-Boas.

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The Busby Babe



Shots (on target)

16 (7) 10 (4)

Total Passes Completed

630 185

Passing Accuracy

90% 76%

Ball Possession

74% 26%

Tackles won

24 28


11 16


7 9


9 5


2 2


* Anders Lindegaard (goalkeeper): 11/13 passing (85%), 3 goals conceded, 1 save

* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back | substituted off 90+2'): 82/85 passing (96%), 2 chances created, 8/9 long balls, 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 clearances (3 effective), 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls

* Jonny Evans (left-center-back): 72/78 passing (92%), 0 chances created, 7/7 long balls, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 2 clearances (2 effective), 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls

* Rafael (right-back): 56/63 passing (89%), 3 chances created, 2/6 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 1 tackle, 1 interceptions, 4 clearances (2 effective), 0 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 40/45 passing (89%), 1 chance created, 0/3 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 6 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 clearances (1 effective), 0 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Paul Scholes (central-midfield): 135/148 passing (91%), 0 chances created, 0 crosses, 27/33 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 3 shots (1 on target)

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 93/108 passing (86%), 2 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 6/8 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Shinji Kagawa (central-attacking-midfielder | substituted off 79'): 35/39 passing (90%), 0 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 3 fouls won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 1 shot (1 on target), 1 goal

* Nani (right-winger): 38/43 passing (88%), 1 chance created, 0/15 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 4 shots (3 on target), 1 goal

* Ryan Giggs (left-winger | substituted off 45'): 5/10 passing (50%), 0 chances created, 0/4 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Robin van Persie (striker): 20/25 passing (80%), 2 chances created, 1/6 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 2 shots (0 on target), 1 assist

* Wayne Rooney (striker | substituted on 45'): 29/31 passing (94%), 1 chance created, 1/4 crosses, 3/5 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 4 shots (1 on target), 1 assist

* Danny Welbeck (left-winger | substituted on 79'): 11/12 passing (92%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substituted on 90+2'): no stats recorded


Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of ESPN & MUTV)

(Overall thoughts...) "It was quite a game. We never started in the first half. It was a poor start to the game and they got a little break with a deflected goal. We really defended poorly. From there we were playing against the wind, really, until half-time came along and we were able to change things a little bit. In the second half we were fantastic. We should have got something from the game. We were very unlucky."

(On conceding so quickly after pulling a goal back in the 2nd half...) "I felt we should have dealt with [that situation] better. It was a bad break for us after getting one back. If we’d have kept it at 2-1 for a few minutes we would have won the match."

(On the numerous penalty shouts...) "The one in the first half was a clear penalty kick. Maybe Nani made a meal of it. Maybe he didn’t need to do that. Certainly he was pulled back. I’m not sure about the ones in the second half."

(On Jonny Evans receiving treatment after the game...) "He should be okay."

Patrice Evra | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts...) "This is what happens when you only play for 45 minutes. The game is 90 minutes long and we deserved to lose because we only played for 45. To concede three goals at Old Trafford is not good enough when you want to win the game. The problem is about our heads – it looked like we stayed in the hotel. The first 45 minutes had no speed, no focus, we didn’t win a lot of challenges and we conceded some silly goals. Maybe I am hard with myself and the team but we only showed the United face in the second half. I remember, it was three years ago, when we were losing 2-0 [against Spurs] and we won the game 5-2. That is why I believed we could do it again but their third goal killed us a little bit. We scored again to make it 3-2 but missed a lot of chances afterwards. You could say we maybe deserved to win because we created a lot of chances, but we were punished in the first half and that is really painful. If we want to talk about positive things, we need to make sure we play like we did in the second half, so it's difficult for any team to beat us. We played with a different attitude and mentality in the second half, with speed and the anger. We had a winning mentality but we have to play like this from the first minute. That is why I say our problem was inside the head. It wasn’t tactics or because people were tired. We couldn’t play a second half like that and make an excuse about being tired. It is just about our head. We didn’t start well and we have been punished."

(On moving forward...) "We have to be positive. It's not a bad start to the season. We won at Anfield, which we didn’t do last season, even if they played much better than us. We still have a lot to do, but we have to forget that first half against Spurs. I hope it was just an accident and we can get back the winning mentality in the Champions League and against Newcastle."

Andre Villas-Boas | Spurs manager (courtesy of

(Overall thoughts...) "We were outstanding in the first and second half, but in different ways. The first in our offensive football and attack-minded work, in the second in how defensively disciplined and concentrated we were to get the result we wanted. It was a game almost of two halves, but where the desire and ambition remained the same from first to second. It’s a night of great happiness for everyone and everyone feels inspired by the result."

(On what he was impressed by...) "There are so many things. Both centre-halves, both full-backs were so disciplined, tremendous commitment from everyone in the first and second half, desire to play in the first half, desire to defend in the second half. There were some great, great performances from players who are a inspiration to everyone."