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Manchester United beat Spurs 3-1

Manchester United gave Tottenham Hotspur a reality check yesterday with a ruthless 3-1 win over the North London side at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Spurs went ahead as early as the first minute when Jermain Defoe continued his hot streak with a brilliant overhead kick from a Peter Crouch header, but United weathered the early storm and gave a masterclass in how to dominate a game from that point on.

Ryan Giggs rolled back the years to score a brilliant free-kick for the champions incumbent before Anderson unleashed a brilliant volley from 25-yards five minutes before the break to give United the lead.

Substitute Jermaine Jenas forced Ben Foster into a smart save and Peter Crouch hit the crossbar with a header from the resulting corner. However, Spurs struggled to deal with United's midfield dominance even after Paul Scholes was sent off for a second bookable offence.

United's superior passing game and tireless work rate ensured that they held onto their lead before Wayne Rooney scored a third goal to make sure of the three points.

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