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The best games between Man Utd and Spurs in the Premier League era

Tottenham host Manchester United this evening as both sides make their return to action following the Premier League’s suspension, with Jose Mourinho preparing to welcome his former side to north London.

In recent years both sides have been firmly established in the division’s ‘top six’, and throughout the Premier League era we have seen many memorable clashes between the two teams.

Ahead of tonight’s clash, we’ve decided to look back through the archives at some of their very finest meetings, with a look at the best games between Manchester United and Spurs in the Premier League era:


Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham (16th May, 1999)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side were chasing history following a memorable season but headed into the final day of the campaign needing victory over Tottenham to secure the title.

In a nerve-shredding day at Old Trafford, United fell behind to Les Ferdinand’s opener as Spurs threatened to ruin their big day, before goals from David Beckham and Andy Cole turned a tight tie in the host’s favour.

United held on to secure the title by just a single point from runners-up Arsenal, their fifth championship in seven years and their first piece of silverware as they chased an unprecedented treble.

FA Cup and Champions League success soon followed, Ferguson’s squad cementing their place in English football history.

Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United (29th September, 2001)

In one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history, United found themselves three goals down at the interval following a first-half blitz by Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Dean Richard’s debut started brilliantly as he headed home the opener for Spurs, before goals from Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege put the North London side in a commanding position.

Defending champions United returned after the break as a team transformed, however, Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham all amongst the goals to secure a thrilling fightback.

The game demonstrated the spirit so synonymous of Ferguson’s United sides, during an era of dominance in English football’s top flight.

Manchester United 5-2 Tottenham (25th April, 2009)

“Lads, it’s Tottenham.”

Sir Alex Ferguson once witheringly delivered the iconic assessment of his side’s chances of beating Spurs, with their meeting at Old Trafford during the title run-in in April 2009 another demonstration of United’s ability to comeback, as well as the visitor’s ability to capitulate.

Tottenham threatened to derail United’s hopes of securing a third consecutive title by racing into a two-goal first-half lead, goals from Darren Bent and Luka Modric handing the north London club the initiative at the break.

As has so often been the case previously, however, United came back to secure victory.

A controversial penalty decision allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to pull one back from the spot, before four goals in the space of just 12 second-half minutes secured the Red Devils’ latest fightback victory.

Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney helped themselves to a brace apiece, the victory one of eight in the club’s final nine fixtures of the season as they won the title by four points ahead of Liverpool.

Tottenham 3-0 Manchester United (10th April, 2016)

Needing to win to keep pace with surprise leaders Leicester in the title race, Spurs produced a blistering six-minute spell in the second half to thrash their top-four chasing visitors at White Hart Lane and secure a first home victory over Manchester United since 2001.

Teenager Dele Alli scored the opener when he slotted home for his eighth goal of the season, before Toby Alderweireld’s header swiftly doubled Tottenham’s advantage.

Erik Lamela completed the scoring against a shell-shocked United side with a sweet strike just two minutes later, in a dominant display for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who restricted their opponents to just a single shot on target.

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Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham (27th August, 2018)

Arguably the beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, the now Tottenham boss suffering a harrowing home experience against his future side in August 2018, as Spurs ran riot at Old Trafford to secure a comprehensive victory at the Theatre of Dreams.

The two sides were predicted to be amongst the top four contenders and would meet in just the third fixture of the new season, though a ruthless display of attacking football in the second half saw Spurs comfortably seal victory and pile the pressure on a beleaguered Mourinho.

Harry Kane’s opener was followed by a Lucas Moura double, a early season defeat from which United never truly recovered from, the club opting to part with their under-performing manager just a few months later following a disappointing start to the campaign.

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