|Evening clash: United host Tottenham at Old Trafford, the winner starts 2014 in 6th place.|
On the first day of 2014, there has been lots of football to enjoy for English football fans, as most of the European leagues (Bundesliga, Liga BBVA and Ligue 1 for example) are currently enjoying their half-season winter break and do not come back to league action until the end of January and early February.
|Heading highest: Adebayor broke the deadlock in the 34th minute with a header past De Gea.|
|Back to his best: Adebayor has looked impressive since he returned to the Spurs first-team|
55: Cameras are showing that Manchester United attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa is warming up on the touchline, stripping off getting ready to come onto the pitch.
57: PENALTY DENIED! Referee Howard Webb waves play on as Welbeck goes to ground under the suspected challenge from Chiriches just inside the box - was it a dive or a penalty?
58: Good decision by Webb, cameras show that Welbeck was expecting contact and went down too easily for a penalty.
61: Manchester United SUB:
Chris Smalling OFF
Michael Carrick OFF
Shinji Kagawa ON
Javier Hernandez ON
65: Tottenham SUB:
Etienne Capoue OFF
Nabil Bentaleb ON
67: GOAL! Tottenham have made it 2-0! Poor marking in the United penalty area by Evra and Valencia, who does not see Eriksen lurking behind him to head past De Gea into the far corner of the net....
|2 easy: Eriksen took advantage of poor United marking to head Spurs into a 2 goal lead|
|Open game: Welbeck responded instantly with a cheeky chip over Lloris to make it 2-1.|
69: Some bad news for Tottenham.... Adebayor has gone to ground limping, looking uncomfortable as if he has pulled his hamstring or twisted his ankle in a fall... the Tottenham physio are rushing towards him and he looks as though he will not be able to continue the rest of the game.
70: The stretcher has Adebayor strapped in, with a chorus of United boos from the home end as they just want to get the game playing so they can keep momentum and score an equaliser before time...
72: Tottenham SUB:
Emmanuel Adebayor OFF
Nacer Chadli ON
Belgian forward Chadli replaces Adebayor in the heart of the strikeforce... fresh legs but will it be enough for Spurs?
75: Tottenham SUB:
Roberto Soldado OFF
Harry Kane ON
Perhaps a wise move by manager Tim Sherwood, bringing off Soldado who has not played amazingly today for 20-year-old young starlet Harry Kane who will find it hard to get service, but is a good idea of someone to replace Soldado.
80: 10 minutes left for United to find an equaliser, Tottenham desperate hanging on for the three points and they certainly have defender Vlad Chiriches to thank, he has been a rock solid beast in the heart of defence with pace, vision, intelligence and strength to hold off the United players near goal.
82: Close! Lennon speeds past the United defence on the flank, before jinking one way and moving his body the other before his strike falls into De Gea's hands as he comfortable blocks the shot from hitting the back of the net with his body behind it.
85: Just 5 minutes left of normal time until stoppages, can United break the Spurs defence and score?
88: PENALTY DENIED! Howard Webb makes another big call - Young runs on the counter attack and is adjudged to have been taken out just inside the box by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who runs out towards the ball and misses it completely.
89: Cameras show that it was the correct decision, as Young was expecting contact and fell over Lloris before there was any contact.
Young Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj is consequently booked after an exaggerated dive from full-back Danny Rose's challenge.
90: The fourth official has indicated for 5 minutes of stoppage time on the electronic board - United fans are desperate for the players to score, while the Tottenham fans are biting their fingernails hoping that Spurs can hang onto what will be a remarkable victory away from home.
90+1: Chances, chances, chances! United fail to convert with three dangerous-looking corners, the last of which culminating with defender Nemanja Vidic heading the ball over the bar.
90+3: Tottenham taking their time with the ball, calmly trying to pass around with United pressing them.
90+5: Howard Webb blows his whistle for full-time! An important win for Tottenham sees them leapfrog United into 6th place, beating United for the second consecutive time.
Lots of facts and figures to look back on from the game, here is the most intriguing from a football perspective:
FACT: Until today, Manchester United did not lose a home game on the 1st of January since 1992.