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United beat Spurs 5-2 at Old Trafford

Manchester United came back from 2-0 at half-time to beat Spurs 5-2 at Old Trafford this afternoon. The Red Devils produced a brilliant second half performance, but the game was overshadowed by a dubious penalty decision by Howard Webb which let United back into the game.

With Liverpool beating Hull 3-1 earlier in the afternoon, United knew that they needed to win to keep their noses in front in the title race. Spurs, however, had other ideas and started well with Robbie Keane pulling the strings and Aaron Lennon giving Patrice Evra a harrowing time with his pace.

But few expected Tottenham to take a two goal lead before half time. Darren Bent opened the scoring after a mix up at the back by Vidic and Ferdinand. Luka Modric made it 2-0 a few minutes later when Ferdinand was again caught out, this time by a cross from Lennon.

Sir Alex Ferguson took a chance and threw Tevez on for Nani at half-time to leave United with Berbatov, Ronaldo, Rooney and the Argentinian on the pitch at the same time. The gamble paid off, but it was the penalty decision by Webb which allowed the Red Devils back into the game.

The man widely considered England's best referee adjudged that Heurelho Gomes had taken down Michael Carrick when in fact the Spurs keeper clearly got the ball first. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the resulting penalty to give United a lifeline.

The penalty decision knocked the stuffing out of Spurs who went to pieces at the back. Wayne Rooney levelled the score a minute later and from that point onwards the floodgates opened. Ronaldo and Rooney bagged a second goal apiece before former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov got in the act. The result should see United retain the Premier League title.

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