Jan 20, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​White Hart Lane
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Man UtdManchester United
Dempsey (90')
Dawson (30'), Dempsey (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Van Persie (25')
Carrick (22'), Evra (44'), Rafael (77'), Rooney (79')

Half-Time Report: Robin van Persie heads Manchester United in front

Robin van Persie scores his 18th Premier League goal to give Manchester United the lead against Tottenham Hotspur at half time.

Robin van Persie's goal has sent Manchester United into the half-time break leading at White Hart Lane.

Man Utd players congratulate Robin Van Persie after opening the scoring against Tottenham on January 20, 2013© PA Photos

The hosts saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages, but lacked the incisiveness needed in the final third.

Scott Parker had the first effort on goal, but David de Gea watched his 25-yard effort go harmlessly wide.

Robin van Persie then forced Hugo Lloris to make a save after he nodded Phil Jones's cross towards goal.

The first real opportunity fell to the hosts, as Aaron Lennon worked his magic wide on the right before drifting inside and unleashing a fizzing left-footed effort.

De Gea got down low to make the save, but then Jermain Defoe bore down on goal from the rebound.

The United stopper got up quickly to deny the England striker, whose goal would not have counted anyway, as the lineman had raised his flag.

The first goal came after 25 minutes, when Danny Welbeck worked the ball out to Tom Cleverley on the right, and his cross was inch-perfect for Van Persie to bury a header past Lloris.

The home side responded positively and could have drawn level had it not been for De Gea. Defoe tried to catch the Spaniard out at his near post, but the 22-year-old was alert to the danger and tipped the ball away from danger.

He then used all of his ingenuity to stop Gareth Bale from equalising, using his foot to block the ball after the Welshman's shot had sent him the wrong way.

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