Manchester United v Tottenham LIVE Premier League action as it happens

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Man United v Spurs – the action as it happens from Old Trafford



16:50 GMT, 29 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester United host Tottenham at Old Trafford in the teatime kick-off. Spurs finally seem to be heading in the right direction under Andre Villas-Boas but in the Red Devils they face a tough test. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

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Man United 0 Tottenham 1

Man United: Lindegaard; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Scholes; Nani, Kagawa, Giggs; Van Persie.

Subs: De Gea, Wootton, Anderson, Cleverley, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez.

Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Dempsey, Bale; Defoe.

Subs: Lloris, Dawson, Huddlestone, Falque, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Mason.

Goal: Vertonghen 3.

Referee: Chris Foy.

18 mins: Another corner… It's cleared but Spurs are playing brilliantly here.

17 mins: Corner to Spurs…

13 mins: There's a delay as Van Persie receives treatment on his ankle. That was one heck of a knock but I think he's all right.

12 mins: Close! Van Persie's shot is wide after he was put under pressure from a dangerous lunge in the box by Gallas.

9 mins: Ferdinand does well to block Lennon's shot after a driving run from the diminutive winger.

8 mins: Dempsey fires just wide after good work from Dembele.

6 mins: The crowd have been completely silenced by that. Well, they're never loud at Old Trafford but you get what I mean. United are growing into the game though and Vertonghen has to clear a Van Persie centre.

GOAL! Man United 0 Spurs 1 (Vertonghen)

United haven't touched the ball and they're behind! Spurs worked the ball patiently from side to side before the Belgian burst forward from left back, played a one-two with Gareth Bale to get into the box and beat Lindegaard via a rather large deflection off Jonny Evans.

3 mins: Tottenham are dominating possession in the opening exchanges.

1 min: We're off…

Starting role: United midfielder Shinji Kagawa

Starting role: United midfielder Shinji Kagawa

5.27pm: The teams are out in front of a capacity crowd at Old Trafford.

5.19pm: Things
though rarely do go wrong for United against Spurs at Old Trafford.
They've not lost to the north London club at home in the Premier League

5.17pm: I'd expect United to operate the same system, with Nani, Shinji Kagawa and Ryan Giggs supporting lone striker Robin van Persie.If things do go wrong there's plenty of ammunition on the bench in the shape of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

5.14pm: Steven Caulker is given a first Premier League start for Spurs, meaning that Jan Vertonghen moves to left back and Gareth Bale returns to his favoured left wing role in Andre Villas-Boas's 4-2-3-1 system.

5.10pm: The teams are in. Spurs stick with the same XI that finished the win over QPR, while United bring in Paul Scholes for Antonio Valencia from the team that started the 2-1 win at Liverpool last weekend.

Ready to rumble: Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale

Ready to rumble: Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale