The 10 Greatest Manchester United vs Tottenham Games


There are few clashes in Premier League history that've thrown up as many entertaining encounters as Manchester United vs Tottenham.

And the two meet again at Old Trafford this Saturday evening, with the hosts hoping to keep up with league leaders Chelsea.

If the game is as entertaining as any of the following bouts, it'll be one to remember.

10. Manchester United 2 Tottenham 1 - 1971

In a home win for United, George Best scored one of his signature goals, a magnificent lob against his Northern Ireland colleague Pat Jennings.

Best's chip into the goal is so delicate that it looks like it should have been made on a golf course, and his strike earned the Red Devils a 2-1 victory over Spurs.

9. Tottenham 3 Manchester United 1 - 1999

A famous win for Spurs after going a goal down to United through Ryan Giggs.

The home side turned it around and sealed the three points through this absolute belter from right-back Steven Carr.

8. Tottenham 5 Manchester United 1 - 1965

Jimmy Greaves was in his pomp and scored a brilliant goal here, waltzing through the United defence and slotting home in a typically relaxed manner to seal a famous 5-1 win against the then league champions.

7. Manchester United 0 Tottenham 0 - 2005

Pedro Mendes isn't remembered for much other than having terrible hair and getting KO'd by Ben Thatcher, but in 2005 he scored a legitimate goal from the half-way line, only for the referee to rule it out.

This despite United goalkeeper Roy Carroll clearly spilling the ball a good few feet over the line. Spurs haven't won at Old Trafford since.

6. Tottenham 3 Manchester United 3 - 1967

Nothing particularly special about this Charity Shield clash which ended 3-3, except for the fact one of the goals was scored by Spurs keeper Pat Jennings.

Goalscoring 'keepers were a rare sight in those days and seeing Jennings' long punt float over Alex Stepney's head sent the Spurs fans into raptures.

5. Manchester United 5 Tottenham 2 - 2009

Nearly the greatest comeback by United against Spurs (see later on for that) but Ferguson's side did come back from 2-0 down at home to Spurs here to win 5-2.

United were awarded a controversial penalty that was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 57th minute. In the next 22 minutes, United would score another four goals to win 5-2, as both Ronaldo and Rooney scored a brace, while former Lane star Dimitar Berbatov completed Tottenham's misery.

4. Manchester United 2 Tottenham 1 - 1999

Not often do both sets of fans want the same team to win but on the last day of the 1998/99 season, with nothing to play for, visiting Spurs fans urged on United.

This was because Spurs' bitter rivals Arsenal still had a shot at the title, but a second half an Andy Cole goal secured the championship for United, who went on to complete an historic treble.

3. Tottenham 2 Manchester United 1 - 1979

A brilliant goal - possibly the best ever in a Spurs vs United fixture - by Glenn Hoddle settled this clash in 1979.

Hoddle played a one-two with Ardiles and as the ball returns to him at an awkward height he rises to volley it into the top corner. 

2. Manchester United 3 Tottenham 3 - 1986

This game had it all, a real classic for the neutrals. United took an early 2-0 lead through Norman Whiteside and Peter Davenport, leaving things looking unpromising for Spurs.

But Gary Mabbutt pulled one back with a spectacular diving header and shortly afterwards a shot by Glenn Hoddle was turned into his own net by Kevin Moran. Clive Allen then made it 3-2 to Spurs, only for United to equalise from a last minute penalty for Davenport's second goal. 

1. Tottenham 3 Manchester United 5 - 2001

This game still gives Spurs fans nightmares. Cruising at half-time 3-0 up against Ferguson's boys, only the biggest of second half capitulations could throw that away.

Needless to say, it happened. Andy Cole grabbed an early goal to put the pressure on. Then United fought back and took the lead with goals from Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Juan Sebastian Veron. A certain David Beckham laterput the icing on the cake for his team, as he scored to make it 5-3. Whatever happened to him anyway?