|(Football) Man United red-faced once again
Tottenham claimed a second straight English Premier League win at Old Trafford by beating Manchester United 2-1 to drop the champions further out of title contention.
Emmanuel Adebayor put Spurs ahead with a header in the 34th minute before Christian Eriksen turned from supplier to scorer to leave United 2-0 down in the 66th, AP reports.
Danny Welbeck responded a minute later with his fifth goal in his last five league matches, but United slipped to a fourth home defeat of the campaign and is now 11 points behind leader Arsenal.
Spurs, who had gone 23 years without a league win at Old Trafford until a 3-2 victory last season, are unbeaten in four matches under new manager Tim Sherwood. They climb above United to sixth, two points behind fourth-place Liverpool.
While Tottenham have picked up seven points out of a possible nine, United were seeking a fourth straight win over the festive period and were further buoyed by the return to the starting team of Wayne Rooney after a groin strain.
Adebayor’s goal was a classic striker's finish, drifting to the back post and beating back-pedaling full back Chris Smalling with a downward header into the corner from Eriksen's pinpoint cross. Adebayor has now scored three goals and set up two others in his last four games.
It was one of a number of good chances created by Spurs in a low-key first half in which Aaron Lennon was denied by the feet of United goalkeeper David De Gea and Roberto Soldado just failed to apply a back-post finish from Lennon's cross.
United's frustrations were building. Rooney was booked for a blatant tug on Eriksen and Welbeck also should have been yellow-carded for a dive in the penalty area just before the hour.
United launched an all-out attack in the final 30 minutes but were caught on the counter-attack for Eriksen's goal.
Adebayor launched the move and Soldado fed Lennon, who burst into the box and sent in a cross that deflected up off Nemanja Vidic. Eriksen nipped ahead of Antonio Valencia to head home from six yards out.
The two-goal cushion lasted barely a minute as Adnan Januzaj curled through a pass that Welbeck seized upon, before chipping the outrushing Hugo Lloris for a fine finish.
Spurs hung on in the final stages, with Lloris escaping punishment for a reckless lunge at Ashley Young, before denying Rooney with a sprawling save to his left. Lennon also cleared off his own line as United's foibles at home continued.