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OK, that's all from me. Thanks for your time and your emails, most of which I didn't get around to reading because the action was so frenetic. It was a great game of football and a cracking way to begin the New Year - have a great 2014, one and all.

Man of the match: Michael Owen picked Vlad Chiriches and the Spurs centre-half was indeed mightily impressive in his own no-nonsense way. There were several contenders for the gong: Adebayor, Dawson, Eriksen and Soldado all put in impressive shifts for Spurs, while Januzaj was outstanding for United. But I'm giving the MOTM fizz to Aaron Lennon, because he created two, could have notched up another two assists with better finishing from his team-mates and generally wreaked havoc throughout. Suffice to say, Patrice Evra won't forget the roasting he got this evening in a hurry.

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Tottenham's players are delighted with themselves. They've every right to be as they've played very well this afternoon. United weren't terrible; far from it - they played quite well, dominated for long periods and might well have nicked a point towards the end of the game, when they had Spurs on the ropes but just couldn't knock them to the floor. On BT Sport, Steve McManaman is saying that they desperately need to bring in some new blood in the transfer market, because what he describes as their complete dependence on the 18-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj to create things should be a huge source of concern for David Mopyes and everyone else at the club.

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeep! It's all over - Tottenham have beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford to make it three wins and one draw out of four games in charge for Tim Sherwood. That's mightily impressive from a man I was genuinely gobsmacked to see getting the gig, so hats off to him.

90+3 min: Vidic tries to pick out Young with a long ball to the edge of the penalty area. Lloris punches clear.

90+2 min: Ashley Young was booked for diving in that encounter with Lloris - I don't know if the yellow card was justified, as I've only seen it once, in real time, but I do know that's his third booking for diving this season already.

90 min: Winning corner after corner, United are absolutely peppering Tottenham's goal, but just can't score. Hugo Lloris saves well, diving low to his right to keep out a powerful Vidic header from 12 yards after the centre-half had got on the end of a Rooney cross from the right. Moments previously, Lloris was forced to save one-handed from Rooney himself.

87 min: Manchester United sent on Ashley Young for Tom Cleverly a couple of minutes ago and on the touchline, neither Tim Sherwood nor David Moyes can believe what they're seeing. Hugo Lloris almost gifts an equaliser to the subject, charging out of his goal to clear a thgrough-ball and allowing the winger to lift the ball over him and steer it wide. Lloris appeared to bring down Young on the edge of the box, but no red card or penalty is forthcoming.

84 min: I'm not his biggest fan, but I must say that Aaron Lennon is having a fine game for Spurs today. He attempts to wreak more havoc in United penalty area with a fine pull-back, but De Gea intervenes. Although I failed to mention it at the time, De Gea was beaten from close range at the Eriksen goal, but seemed to get plenty of hand on the ball and I think he should have done better. For all that, Antonio Valencia hung him out to dry by letting Eriksen get a header in the first place.

80 min: With just 10 minutes to go, Spurs alleviate the pressure on themselves, dilly-dallying over throw-ins to waste time and try to ruin United's momentum. Mousa Dembele tries a shot from distance, but his effort is blocked before it has even left his boot.

79 min: What was a lively game has gone completely bonkers! There's so much going on, but so little time to describe it: a penalty shout for Manchester United, a Januzaj drive from distance and some impressive string-pulling from Rooney in the centre of United's midfield. 

77 min: With the outside of his left boot, Januzaj comes in from the right and drills the ball towards Hernandez at the near post. Under pressure from his marker, the Mexican tries and fails to divert the ball past Lloris in the Spurs goal.

76 min: Excellent defending from Vlad Chiriches, who performs heroics to prevent Shinji Kagawa running through the penalty area to convert a cross from the left.

75 min: Tottenham substitution: Roberto Soldado off, 20-year-old Harry Kane on.

72 min: It was Nacer Chadli who replaced Adebayor for Spurs . Manchester United are attacking relentlessly and Danny Welbeck tries to tee up Hernandez with a neat pass through the penalty area, but he overhits it slightly and Hernandez fail to control the ball before it rolls wide.

71 min: With 20 minutes to go, Old Trafford is rocking. Adnan Januzaj tries his luck from distance, but his rasping diagonal drive boiunces wide of the upright. Close, but no cigar. United are turning the screw here, piling on the pressure having looked dead and buried a couple of minutes ago.

69 min: Emmanuel Adebayor is stretchered off after picking upo a kncok in the build-up to that goal. He's been excellent for Tottenham this evening and will be a big loss. I'll tell you who's replaced him as soon as I know!

GOAL! Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Welbeck 68) Two goals in two minutes! Danny Welbeck does brilliantly to steal into the Spurs box and get on the end of a fine pass from deep, struck by - I think - Januzaj. He deftly clips the ball over Hugo Lloris to halve his side's deficit. 

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GOAL! Manchester United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Eriksen 66) Tottenham double their lead with a goal from another of their dangerous counter-attacks. Aaron Lennon sends in another fine cross from the right and Christian Eriksen catches Valencia napping to get in front of him and bravely head past David de Gea from about seven yards.

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64 min: Manchester United attack up the right flank, with Kagawa and Januzaj combining well ...

63 min: Totenham counter with a substitution of their own: Nabil Bentaleb replaces Etienne Capoue in the centre of midfield. That's a like for like substitution.

61 min: Wayne Rooney appears to have dropped into the centre of midfield, while I'm guessing that Antonio Valencia will play at right -back so Shinji Kagawa can take his place on the wing.

60 min: Manchester United substitutions: Carrick and Smalling off, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez on. 

57 min: There are appeals for a penalty for Manchester United penalty when Danny Welbeck goes to ground under a "challenge" from Vlad Chiriches. None is forthcoming and replays show that Welbeck quite clearly dived in the hope that CHiriches might dangle a leg in front of him. Strangely, he doesn't get booked for his dive.

54 min: Tottenham win a throw-in halfway inside the United half. Adebayor appears to take it, throwing the ball to Lennon, who was wandering over towards him. However, Lennon catches the ball and takes a throw-in of his own. Amid protests from, presumably, the Manchester United bench, Adebayor explains that he was just throwing the ball to Lennon so he could take it and referee Howard Webb makes them take it again. The ball ends up rolling wide. What a palaver!

52 min: Manchester United continue to dominate possession, but without doing a great deal with it. Spurs have defended stoutly and Rooney's constant loitering in a deep position way out from their goal must be a source of ongoing delight for Tim Sherwood.

49 min: Spurs concede successive throw-ins deep[ in their own half and United continue to turn the screw as their visitors fail to clear their lines. From the edge of his own penalty area, Michael Dawson hoofs the ball straight up in the air, in what seems like a genuine attempt to boot the ball out of the earth's atmosphere. It eventually drops for Michael Carrick, who dinks it over the top for Danny Welbeck to chase. Hugo Lloris is quick off his line to save.

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48 min: Manchester United win a corner, Valencia putting the ball out of play off Danny Rose. The ball's swung in towards Vidic, but Kyle Walker heads clear, before Christian Eriksen puts the ball out for a throw-in. Spurs are on the back foot here.

47 min: Antonio Valencia cuts inside from the right with the ball at his feet, then fails to pick out Rooney with an errant pass across the face of the penalty area. That's sloppy. 

46 min: Januzaj tries to outmuscle Kyler Walker on the left flank, inside the Spurs half. The right-back is having none of it as he shields the ball with his body. 

Second half is go: Manchester United get things going, hoping toconvert some of their possession into goals. They've had the lion's share of the ball, but Tottenham have had the three best chances thus far. There don't appear to be any changes in personnel on either team.

Half-time: Tim Sherwood's trust in Emmanuel Adebayor continues to pay off as Tottenham's players head in for their half-time brew a goal to the good courtesy of the big man. It took them a while to settle in this game, but they've gradually grown into iand hit their stride. Manchester United are, it's probably not unfair to say, quite lucky not to be two down. Despite the great service on offer from United's wide men, Wayne Rooney's been poor iun the past half hour; a peripheral figure who appears to be trying a bit too hard to do everyone else's job as well as his own. United are in a pickle and it'll be interesting to see how David Moyes goes about trying to sort it out.

44 min: A mistake by Chris Smalling gifts Tottenham Hotspur a corner. Christian Eriksen's zippy, dipping delivery through the corridor of uncertainty is wonderful, but Wayne Rooney is on hand to head the ball out for another corner. Nothing comes of it, except a Manchester United counter-attack, which Danny Rose nips in the bud.

41 min: Wayne Rooney, who's been playing very deep in a withdrawn role for Manchester United, gets booked for - I think - a petulant flap or kick at Mousa Dembele.

38 min: Roberto Soldado wastes a marvellous opportunity to double Tottenham's lead. Emmanuel Adebayor did well to win and control a goal-kick from Lloris, before passing it diagonally into space for Aaron Lennon to chase. The Spurs winger left Patrice Evra in his dust, before curling in a perfect cross towards the far post. Soldado was at full stretch as he flung himself at the ball, but could only poke it the wrong side of the upright. He should have scored!

36 min: Well, well, that's certainly put the cat among the pigeons. It's been a decent, open game, but Manchester United have dominated for long periods thus far. How will they react to this? They attack up the right flank, with Valencia sending a cross from deep towards the far post, where Januzaj was running to make a well-timed leap. Michael Dawson clears with a sound defensive header

GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Adebayor 34) He caught this one properly! EMmanuel Adebayor rises high above the floundering Chris Smalling to get on the end of a splendid Christian Eriksen cross from the right and plant a firm header past David De Gea, just inside the far post. That was a fine header - the ball seemed to travel in slow motion but De Gea was helpless. Adebayor placed his header perfectly.

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32 min: A breaking ball sits up nicely for Emmanuel Adebayor, who has a pop from about 30 yards. He fails to catch the ball quite as he'd like to and sends it fizzing high and wide.

30 min: With the ball dropping over his shoulder as he runs towards one post, Januzaj tries to volley it across the face of goal towards the other, where Tom Cleverly was in position. The ball bobbles off the Berlgian teen's ionstep and loops up in the air and what might have been a seriously spectacular assist is spoiled.

28 min: Manchester United build from the back again, with Nemanja Vidic lumbering down the right side of his own half, before moving the ball on. They ping the ball around a bit, with Januzaj and Valencia showing some nicvce touches, before Chiriches intervens and concedes a throw deep inside his own half.

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26 min: Michael Dawson clears an Antonio Valencia delivery across the face of the Tottenham penalty area with a diving header.

23 min:Tottenham enjoy some respite, winning a throw-in just inside the anchester United half, courtesy of Danny Welbeck. They get the ball forward, where Soldado and Lennon combine well on the right flank before the Spaniard runs into the temporarily immovable object that is Jonny Evans. Manchester United clear.

22 min: Januzaj takes the corner, sending the ball across the penalty area, where Nemanja Vidic's firm downward header flashes wide of the upright.

21 min: Antnoio Valencia gets in on the action, muscling his way past Danny Rose and drilling a low cross into the penalty area, where it is despatched for a corner before Welbeck can get a toe to it.

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20 min: Carrick plays the ball forward to Welbeck, who's standing with his back to goal a few yards outside the penalty area. He sprays it wide to Januzaj, who crosses. Vlad Chiriches clears.

18 min: More good work from Januzaj, who cuts inside from the left touchline and tries to pick out Danny Welbeck, who'd made an enterprising run into the penalty area. There's too much weight on the pass and the chance goes begging.

16 min: Manchester United stroke the ball around the edge of the final third, trying to find an opening. They eventuyally win a throw-in by the corner flag on the left hand side, through judicious scurrying and harrying from Januzaj. He gets an appreciative roar from the crowd for his troubles.

13 min: Great pass from Roberto Soldado, who sends an excellent diagonal through-ball towards from the far post from the right, where Aaron Lennon is on hand to blast it goalwards, where David De Gea saves well with his feet. Tottenham are finally showing some signs they're settling into the game and should have scored there.

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11 min: Tottenham Hotspur get the ball out of their own half, but Emmanuel Adebayor concedes possession and Manchester United build patiently from the back. Carrick picks out Januzaj on the left touchline and Patrice Evra makes a decoy run that makes room for the winger to cut inside and try a shot. His effort is feeble and doesn't trouble Lloris.

9 min: Manchester United win a free-kick two or three yards outside the D in front of the penalty area, directly in front of goal. Wayne Rooney stands over it while Lloris organises his defensive wall. After about a minute's worth of faffing, he eventually shoots over the wall and cross-bar. Manchester United are bossing the game in the early stages - Tottenham haven't had a chance to settle or find their rhythm at all yet.

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7 min: Nothing comes from the corner, but Michael Dawson appears to have picked up a knock. There's a pause in play as he receives treatment, before soldiering on.

6 min: Chris Smalling takes the first shot in anger after powering down the inside right channel and trying his luck. He hits his shot with considerable venom, but Lloris saves, putting the ball out for a corner for Manchester United.

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5 min: Tottenham scramble the ball clear after Danny Welbeck skins Miuchael Dawson for toe, latches on to a through-ball and bears down on Hugo Lloris. The goalkeeper saves at his feet, but can't hold on to the ball. Dawson eventually hacks clear.

4 min: Both sides have lined up a a fairly straightfoward 4-4-2, with two men in the centre of midfield and two wide men each. It asahould make for an open game, although it remains to be seen how the atrocious weather will affect proceedings.

2 min: Manchester United win a throw-in, deep in Spurs territory after Danny Rose puts the ball out of play. Nothing comes of it and play moves up the field when Emmanuel Adebayor wins a free-kick after Howard Webb spots Nemanja Vidic tugging on his shirt. 

1 min: We're off. Tottenham Hotspur get the ball rolling, playing from right to left into the Stretford End. The surface is greasier than those fried breakfasts I'm sure many of you enjoyed this morning in a bid to shake off last night's excesses.

An email from Tanay Padhi

"Are you as disappointed as I am that Sherwood isn't persisting with the 4-hara-kiri formation from the game against Southampton?" he asks. "Dembele wasn't a holding midfielder that day and Capoue is an annoyingly sensible option. 

Not long now ...

Manchester United's players await the call to take to the field in their red shirts, white shorts and black socks. Tottenham's players are wearing tracksuit tops, over their white shirts, navy blue shorts and white socks. They march out on to the pitch and line up either side of the match officials ahead of the pre-match niceties.

The teams are in the tunnel ...

They're about to take to a rain-sodden pitch which has been drenched by what BT Sport describe as half an hour's worth of "monsoon like conditions in Manchester".

Happy New Year ...

... from the Football Supporters Federation, an august body of boys and girls who do excellent work.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood speaks

"We'd like Wayne Rooney to be still injured, to be honest, but he's not so we just have to get on with it," he says. "We have players who can hurt them." He also says that Andre [Villas Boas] did a great job at this football club, but adds that "I have my own way of doing things". Since being appointed, Sherwood has come across as a nice bloke who's determined to do a good job, but doesn't take himself too seriously.

An email from Mark Coale ...

"Where is your (potential) hangover on the scale from fit-as-a-fiddle to the guy from Scanners whose head exploded?" he asks. I'm actually fine, to be honest. I didn't go too mad last night and had a nice lie-in this morning, so there's not a bother on me. Having said that, I'm quite hungry and got soaked on my way in to work, so I'm not entirely bereft of things to grumble about.

How the teams stand in the table

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur line-ups

Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Ferdinand, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Young, Fletcher, Kagawa, Buttner.

Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Lennon, Capoue, Dembele, Eriksen, Adebayor, Soldado. Subs: Lamela, Naughton, Chadli, Friedel, Fryers, Kane, Bentaleb.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Team news ...

Wayne Rooney returns to the Manchester United starting line-up as they look to extend their six-match winning streak against Tottenham. Rooney's return from a groin strain is one of four changes to David Moyes' side from Saturday's win at Norwich, with Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck also included.
Tim Sherwood has won two of his three games in charge for Spurs and made three changes, denying former United defender Zeki Fryers a first appearance at Old Trafford in two years as he recalled Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue.

I'll have the full line-ups shortly ...

... but in the meantime, here's a brace of informative tweets from our chief football writer Daniel Taylor, who is at Old Trafford.

News just in from Manchester United ...

Amid hysterical fears that all English players in both line-ups would have their jobs taken by migrant Bulgarian or Romanian workers, I can confirm that Wayne Rooney will start for Manchester United today.

In the build-up to this evening's game ...

Manchester United manager David Moyes was asked about his plans for the January transfer window. Can supporters expect him to spend a few quid? "This club continually evolves," he said. "Sir Alex was changing teams and building new teams and I do think, in the coming months and years, there will be rebuilding. I have no doubt about that. We'll be looking to do that and aim for that in the future.

"I think Sir Alex would have said if he had been here that there needed to be a rebuilding job as there is a continual building job going on all the time. We always look to the Academy, first and foremost, to see if we can bring players through. Who are the next ones possibly coming up to the first team? That's the first thing we look at and, after that, we will go out if we've not got a position covered, and then try to find something out there either better than what we've got or will push what we've got."

Let me strafe you with my stat gun ...

• Wayne Rooney has scored nine Premier League goals against Spurs, bagging seven in his last nine appearances against them.

• Tottenham's win at Old Trafford last season was their first in 21 Premier League attempts.

• Manchester United are undefeated in 28 of their last 29 matches against Spurs in all competitions.

• Spurs haven't scored in 13 out of their past 19 Premier League visits to Old Trafford.

• Spurs have won their last three away matches in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in each game.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Hello and welcome to our minute-by-minute coverage of the Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, the first match to be staged at Old Trafford this calender year. Both teams fought out an entertaining 2-2 all draw at White Hart Lane in the corresponding fxture on 1 December, but Tottenham have since fired André Villas-Boas and replaced him with Tim Sherwood, the club's former technical director who has since admitted that he's taken to waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about Emmanuel Adebayor. It's not right, he says, but adds that it's better than Mrs Sherwood waking up in the middle of the night thinking about Emmanuel Adebayor.

For the hosts, Wayne Rooney is due to return after missing Saturday's win over Norwich City, while Antonio Valencia is back from suspension. Robin van Persie, Rafael, Phil Jones and Nani are, however, unexpected to be fit for this evening's game.

If Spurs are to win at Old Trafford this afternoon, they will have to do so without Paulinho. The Brazil midfielder havs been ruled out for four weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage courtesy of a Charlie Adam reducer in their 3-0 win over Stoke City on Sunday. Sandro, Younes Kaboul, Andros Townsend and Jan Vertonghen are also numbered among Tottenham's lame and halt, while at the time of writing, Jermain Defoe, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose are set to undergo late fitness tests. In better news for Spurs, Kyle Walker returns from a spell on the FA Naughty Step and is available for selection.

Kick-off is at 5.30pm (GMT), but I'll be here with all the team news and build-up from around 4.45pm.

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