Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney equalises for Manchester United against Tottenham

Two Wayne Rooney goals earned Manchester United a point at White Hart Lane as they fought back twice to deny Tottenham a much-needed victory.

Kyle Walker put Tottenham ahead with a free-kick that flew under the United wall, but his mistake from a Phil Jones cross saw Rooney pounce to level.

Sandro fizzed a 25-yard shot into the top corner to restore Spurs' lead.

But United responded quickly when Hugo Lloris fouled Danny Welbeck in the box and Rooney fired home from the spot.

Rooney, who also played in Welbeck in the move that led to their penalty, has now scored five goals in his last five Premier League games and was a bustling, buzzing menace throughout.

Wayne Rooney

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Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd: Rooney says side paid price for poor start

The England striker's form, and the fact their unbeaten run in all competitions now stands at 12 games, gives United genuine reason for optimism, despite them sitting nine points behind leaders Arsenal at the start of December.

Tottenham are only a point below David Moyes' side in the table but came into the game with manager Andre Villas-Boas after a run of three games without a win, including last weekend's

Spurs' response against United, who they have not beaten at home since 2001, will not have answered all of Villas-Boas's critics but they showed plenty of spirit and far more attacking verve than they have mustered in recent weeks.

Both sides had spells on top in an open and entertaining game, but it was Spurs who struck first.

Jones let the ball drop over his head on the edge of the area before Jonny Evans sent Paulinho tumbling. From the free-kick, United's wall jumped over Walker's shot and it flew past David De Gea.

Tottenham's fans roared their side on in search of more goals but £26m striker Roberto Soldado blazed a good chance wide and the lively Aaron Lennon was denied by De Gea.

United had done little going forward in the first half hour but were gifted an equaliser with their first real sight of goal.

Walker did not expect Jones' searching cross to reach him at the back post and inadvertently played the ball into the path of Rooney, who slotted home.

United looked stronger at the end of the first half but found themselves behind again after the break when Sandro escaped Tom Cleverley and beat De Gea with an explosive strike.

Typically, Rooney led their fightback and had a pivotal role in their second equaliser three minutes later, playing in Welbeck and then drilling his penalty down the centre of the goal.

Andre Villas-Boas

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Villas-Boas hails 'great response'

Both sides could have won the game in the final half hour, with Rooney seeing two chances to complete his hat-trick come and go, and Walker flashing another free-kick inches wide.

Welbeck should have done better after leaving Michael Dawson in his wake near the corner flag but could not pick out Rooney after skipping into the box.

In the closing moments, a delicious, bending Walker cross only just eluded substitute Andros Townsend at the far post.

It meant Tottenham missed out on the win they craved, but a draw was a fair outcome from a pulsating match.

Manchester United manager David Moyes:

"We had a great win in midweek and, but for a minute in Cardiff near the end, you would have been saying that Manchester United had a really good week. It is not an easy place to come, Tottenham.

"They had their own pride which they showed in their performance.

"United have to win. That was why in the end we were trying to get a third goal, but we could not quite do it."

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As It Stood

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1Arsenal1310121731
2Chelsea138321327
3Man City138142525
4Liverpool13733924
5Everton13661824
6Newcastle13724123
7Southampton13643622
8Man Utd13643522
9Tottenham13634-321
10Hull13526-417
11Aston Villa13445-116
12West Brom13364-115
13Swansea13436-215
14Norwich13427-1214
15West Ham13346-213
16Stoke13346-613
17Cardiff13346-913
18Fulham13319-1310
19Sunderland13229-168
20Crystal Palace132110-157
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