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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United: Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

Statistics and post-match quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, and Andre Villas-Boas. Sir Alex is not too pleased with one of the linesman...

Clive Mason

The Busby Babe



Shots (on target)

25 (8) 5 (2)

Total Passes Completed

294 288

Passing Accuracy

77% 74%

Ball Possession

51% 49%

Tackles won

19 16


28 12


8 14


9 4


1 7


* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 7/26 passing (27%), 1 goal conceded, 7 saves

* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 31/40 passing (78%), 0 chances created, 6/9 long balls, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 7 clearances (2 effective), 3 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Nemanja Vidic (left-center-back): 21/25 passing (84%), 0 chances created, 2/4 long balls, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 8 clearances (5 effective), 3 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Rafael (right-back): 26/38 passing (68%), 1 chance created, 1/2 long crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 3 tackles, 0 interceptions, 3 clearances (2 effective), 1 shot blocked, 3 fouls

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 13/20 passing (65%), 0 chances created, 1/2 crosses, 1/4 long balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 4 clearances (2 effective), 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 39/46 passing (85%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 2/6 long balls, 0/2 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 6 tackles, 4 interceptions, 0 shots

* Phil Jones (central-midfield/shuttler): 42/54 passing (78%), 1 chance created, 0/3 crosses, 0/3 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 0 shots

* Tom Cleverley (shuttler/winger | substituted off 75'): 17/23 passing (74%), 1 chance created, 1/2 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots, 1 assist

* Danny Welbeck (winger): 31/38 passing (82%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 3 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Shinji Kagawa (central-attacking-midfielder | substituted off 62'): 25/27 passing (93%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Robin van Persie (striker): 22/26 passing (85%), 0 chances created, 0/4 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 2 shots (2 on target), 1 goal

* Wayne Rooney (central-attacking-midfielder | substituted on 62'): 9/14 passing (64%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/2 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 shots

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger | substituted on 75'): 8/12 passing (67%), 0 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 0 tackles, 2 interceptions, 0 shots


Sir Alex Ferguson (courtesy of MUTV & Sky Sports)

(Overall thoughts...) "We had the opportunity to kill them off on the counter attack but our final ball let us down. We worked really hard, as did Tottenham. It was a really difficult, grueling game but we dealt with everything they did. They kept pumping that ball in the box and we kept heading it out. Unfortunately we didn’t get that last one that really mattered, the last kick of the game. It’s not an easy place to come to. They are a very aggressive, committed team. There was a good quality to the match in terms of the commitment of both sets of players. It was a difficult game but unfortunately we didn’t hold on for that extra minute."

(On United's goal...) "It was a good build up from Danny [Welbeck] to Tom [Welbeck] and Robin [van Persie] did what he has been doing all season and got another goal for us."

(On conceding a late equaliser...) "I thought we looked quite comfortable in that last part of the game. I actually thought Rafael was fouled in the build-up. It was a clear foul and we didn’t get it. But I didn’t think we were going to get a decision from the linesman, that’s for sure."

(On Rooney being taken down in the penalty area...) "It was a clear penalty and he was definitely brought down. He put his leg in and the linesman was right there facing it. I thought the linesman had a very poor game. I thought he was disappointing."

(More on that same linesman...) "We got a bit of a bad break. I think we should have had a throw-in down our side of the pitch but that linesman never gave us a thing all day. For me, it was a poor performance by him. He never saw the penalty kick from Wayne Rooney and some other decisions. We remember him well from his time at the Chelsea game when [Didier] Drogba was three yards offside and he gave onside. I think he had a shocking game today and I’m disappointed in his performance, I really am. I think he has had a bad game and we never got anything from that side of the pitch."

(Overall thoughts on the season...) "We’ve been to all the top teams’ grounds now, we’ve just got Arsenal left. I think we can be pleased with the outcome and the points total in all of them. It’s another game out of the road and I wanted the game to be on today [after a pitch inspection] because we don’t want a backlog of matches."

Michael Carrick | MUFC midfielder (courtesy of MUTV)

(On the controversial decision to not award United a penalty...) "It was as clear a penalty as you're going to get. We're disappointed with that because it would have put us in a great position. Big decisions like that can change games and today it did."

(Overall thoughts...) "While Tottenham were coming at us, I thought we defended very well as a team. People were putting their bodies on their line to block shots and we hoped we could see the game out. The game-plan worked well. We set up slightly differently today but we defended well as a team and looked really strong. Without having a lot of chances in the game we still looked dangerous and I still felt we could score again, but the final pass just didn't quite fall for us. We were in a good position but we just couldn't quite see it out. It's disappointing after leading for so long, but we just have to move on and we can take a lot of positives from the game."

Rio Ferdinand | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(On the controversial decision to not award United a penalty...) "One hundred per cent, it was a penalty. I can't believe he didn't give it. The linesman didn't really help us on that side [of the pitch] at all during the second half. We're disappointed the referee didn't give what was a stonewall penalty."

(On United's goal...) "The ball got worked out to Tom [Cleverley] who put in a great delivery and whatever Robin is touching at the moment seems to be going in. That was a great start for us. I don't think we can be too down about coming away from here with a point because Spurs are a confident team under new management and they've been doing well. We'll take that point."

Andre Villas-Boas | Spurs manager (courtesy of

(Overall thoughts...) ""We deserved the draw - we deserved to win, to be fair. We controlled the game, limited their chances and it was unfair for us to go 1-0 down in the first half. Our strategy in the second half was to try and score as early as possible to get the crowd behind us and go for the second goal. United did well to hold on so credit to the lads for continuing to persist and continuing to attack, especially when against United, you can be punished for all-out attacking (on the break). It’s hard to recall, maybe it’s the first United performance when they’ve hardly had any possession and only four opportunities. We got the point we wanted in a difficult game and well done to the lads and their spirit to achieve a result like this."