It may have taken a dodgy penalty to get Manchester United on the score sheet, but once Cristiano Ronaldo had buried the spot kick, Wayne Rooney took over and guided the Premier League leaders to a stunning come back win over Spurs.
A hint of what was to come was sadly lacking in the first half in which Tottenham scored twice. First Darren Bent slammed in a cross from Vedran Corluka before Luka Modric popped in Aaron Lennon’s cross from the right. Half time and 2 – 0 to the visitors.
United needed a bit of help and they got it from referee Howard Webb. Well behind the play, he awarded the home side a spot kick after incorrectly ruling that goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had brought down Michael Carrick. It was an awful decision, vehemently protested by the visiting players and their manager Harry Redknapp. Webb though stood firm and Ronaldo converted the chance.
The rest of the second half belonged to Rooney and his Nike Total 90 Laser II’s in the Yellow / Black / Midnight Fog colourway.
First he hammered home a chance from outside of the penalty box, then it was his cross from the left that set up Ronaldo for his second and United’s third.
Rooney made it 4-2 when his volley from Ronaldo’s delicate cross just evaded the desperate attention of Jonathan Woodgate and it was former Spurs player Dimitar Berbatov who scored the fifth after his initial header had been saved by Gomes.
The win put United 3 points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with a game in hand. And Rooney maintains that the title is United’s to lose saying:
We know that we are in a great position and it’s only ours to throw away now. We knew as soon as we scored we could get three of four.
It was a brilliant comeback. The first half was too slow and we had to quicken up. But in the end it was comfortable.