Skip to main content

Young double secures vital Man United win at Tottenham

updated 5:48 AM EST, Mon March 5, 2012
Manchester United's Ashley is congratulated by goalkeeper David de Gea after his match-winning brace.
Manchester United's Ashley is congratulated by goalkeeper David de Gea after his match-winning brace.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • EPL champions Manchester United win 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur
  • Two goals from Ashley Young seal valuable three points
  • Newcastle grab late equalizer in north-east derby against Sunderland
  • Fulham beat struggling Sunderland 5-0 at Craven Cottage

(CNN) -- Manchester United moved to within two points of leaders Manchester City at the top of the English Premier League with a 3-1 win at third-placed Tottenham Hotspur Sunday.

A Wayne Rooney goal on the stroke of half time and two second half strikes from England teammate Ashley Young knocked the stuffing out of Harry Redknapp's men.

Substitute Jermain Defoe scored a late consolation for the well-beaten home side, who had started brightly.

Emmanuel Adebayor forced a fine save from David de Gea and had a goal ruled out for handball before Rooney took advantage to head home from Young's corner after slack home defending.

Chelsea sack Villas-Boas

De Gea made a superb reaction save from a deflected Jake Livermore drive as Tottenham pressed for a deserved equalizer and Adebayor went down in the area, appealing in vain for a penalty.

But United broke upfield and Kyle Walker miscued his clearance from Nani's cross straight to Young, who volleyed in from the angle.

Thomas: Abramovich was right to sack AVB

Almost immediately, Young made it 3-0 as he made space for himself to curl a shot past Brad Friedel. Defoe, left on the bench with Louis Saha preferred, may have made a point to Redknapp with a fine 20-yard strike to cut the deficit but it was academic.

It's an entirely unbelievable result. I would say that's our hardest away game of the season
Alex Ferguson

After a 5-2 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal last Sunday, the early promise of Tottenham's season is eroding, but champions United continue to put pressure on their archrivals at the top of the league.

The pair meet on April 20 in a clash which looks likely to decide the outcome of the title this season.

United manager Alex Ferguson was delighted by his team's display at White Hart Lane.

"A battling performance today tells you that we are up for it," he told Sky Sports.

He added: "It's an entirely unbelievable result. I would say that's our

hardest away game of the season."

Earlier, Newcastle United salvaged a 1-1 draw in an action-packed north east derby against Sunderland.

Shola Ameobi's injury-time equalizer rescued a point for the home side at St James' Park -- his seventh goal against their bitter local rivals.

Nicklas Bendtner's first-half penalty put Sunderland ahead but the visitors had Stephane Sessegnon sent off for elbowing Cheik Tiote with half an hour left.

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet produced a stunning save to keep out Demba Ba's 83rd-minute penalty for Newcastle, who looked to be heading for defeat until Ameobi's late strike.

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole, who was cautioned after just 40 seconds of the match, was shown a straight red card after the final whistle for dissent.

Fulham increased Wolverhampton Wanderers' problems with a 5-0 beating of the relegation candidates at Craven Cottage.

Russian star Pavel Pogrebnyak, on loan from Stuttgart, grabbed a hat-trick, making it five in three games since his move, while Clint Dempsey scored twice.

U.S. international Dempsey now has 12 for the season with Wolves dropping into the bottom three with the heavy defeat.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 7:03 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
While many top European clubs are targeting the U.S. market, French football is setting its sights on expanding into Asia -- with China playing a key role.
updated 8:29 AM EDT, Sun July 27, 2014
Major League Soccer has snared another big name from England with former Chelsea star Frank Lampard committing his future to New York City FC.
updated 12:56 PM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
Europe's top clubs have booked a summer holiday to the U.S. -- but this is business not pleasure as they look to cash in on the World Cup afterglow.
updated 2:28 PM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Brazil's new coach Dunga won the World Cup as a player in 1994.
Former World Cup-winning captain Dunga is appointed coach of Brazil's national team for the second time, charged with restoring national pride.
updated 10:20 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez continues Real Madrid's long tradition of signing "Galacticos."
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football.
The U.S. government recognizes Kosovo, as do most European states, but getting football's ruling bodies to play ball has proved harder.
updated 11:04 AM EDT, Wed June 4, 2014
National heroes don't always belong to one country. Ask France's World Cup hero Patrick Vieira, who is rediscovering his roots.
CNN's John Sinnott on the quiet Cambridge graduate behind Liverpool's resurgent campaign.
updated 11:19 AM EDT, Fri May 30, 2014
They are the dispossessed -- stateless, and unrecognized by football's ruling body. But these teams will still play at their own World Cup.
Louis van Gaal will be a perfect fit for Manchester United the club, business and brand, says CNN's Patrick Snell.
updated 3:24 PM EDT, Mon May 19, 2014
There's a new force in Spanish football -- and Atletico Madrid's ascendance is sharply contrasted by the fall from power of Barcelona.
ADVERTISEMENT