Tottenham Hotspur's Benoit Assou-Ekotto reacts after
teammate Clint Dempsey scored against Manchester United
during their Premier League match at White Hart Lane in
London. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Clint Dempsey scored in stoppage time as Tottenham
Hotspur drew 1-1 with Premier League leaders Manchester United
at White Hart Lane.
On an Arctic-like afternoon in north London Robin van
Persie's first-half goal appeared to have secured the points
for United until Dempsey slid home an equaliser with
virtually the final kick of the game.
The leaders have 56 points from 23 games with Manchester City
on 51 and Chelsea, who beat Arsenal 2-1 earlier in the
snow-hit capital, on 45, four ahead of Tottenham.
Dutchman van Persie, often a thorn in Tottenham's side when
he was at Arsenal, took his league tally for the season to 18
with a header from Tom Cleverley's cross midway through the
opening period of an absorbing game.
Tottenham, whose strong recent run had seen them establish
themselves in the top four, were twice denied equalisers by
the outstretched legs of United keeper David De Gea as they
attempted a rare league double over Alex Ferguson's side.
Gareth Bale thought he had equalised shortly before halftime
but De Gea performed marvels to keep out his deflected shot
and after the break Dempsey wriggled through only to see the
keeper again come to United's rescue.
United, who began with Wayne Rooney on the bench, showed
another side to their character. With resolute defending
rather than fluent attacking play, they were content to
absorb pressure and the policy seemed to have earned an
As the snow poured down, Bale also went agonisingly close to
a late equaliser with a shot deflected past the post.
However, the hosts kept plugging away and Dempsey was on hand
to equalise after De Gea could only punch a clearance to
Aaron Lennon and the winger threaded a pass to the American.