A rather contemplative André Villas-Boas faced the press after a remarkable game played in Tottenham’s snow shaker stadium in North London. It was a good point to have earned, but the true value of the point he wondered would only be known at the end of the season. It was clear the Spurs boss thought that despite being a goal behind for much of the game, his side still could have still won.
In the final analysis a draw was probably a fair result but one that left Manchester United feeling as if they had very much dropped two points, not gained one. Tottenham went behind to a textbook van Persie header and whilst this had the Red Devils’ tails up, it was the home side that edged the possession.
Key figures for Spurs were Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembélé. Whilst Gareth Bale found himself virtually marked out of the game, Lennon did not and his attacking play was a credit. This was quite possibly one of his best performances of his career. He was menace from start to finish.
Villas-Boas commended United’s defensive performance. Possibly a with half a thought to how he would have much preferred to taken better advantage of a side that uncharacteristically conceded a lot of Premier League goals this season. Perhaps AVB is right. For Manchester United this result has an immediate effect upon Manchester United. But for Tottenham the point could yet prove indifferent.