• Man Utd drop points for second time since 2 November
  • Van Gaal's side are 10 points behind Chelsea
  • United name unchanged team for first time in 85 games
  • Spurs unbeaten in five Premier League matches

Manchester United's pursuit of Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League title race was hampered by a frustrating draw at Tottenham.

United created several good chances in the first half, with Juan Mata's deflected free-kick hitting the post.

Home keeper Hugo Lloris also denied Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Ashley Young as Spurs offered little.

Spurs's Andros Townsend saw two shots easily saved, but the hosts rallied late on with Ryan Mason firing over.

Mauricio Pochettino's team have scored late winners against Swansea and Leicester recently but, despite enjoying almost 65% of possession in the final 15 minutes, could not create any last-gasp drama against third-placed United.

United boss Louis van Gaal grimaced as he disappeared down the White Hart Lane tunnel, probably wondering how his side did not close the gap on leaders Chelsea and second-placed City, who both also dropped points on Sunday.

The Dutchman has been critical of the Premier League's busy Christmas schedule, but decided to name an unchanged XI from the 3-1 home win against Newcastle less than 48 hours earlier.

It was the first time in 85 Premier League games - since November 2012 - that the Red Devils named an unchanged line-up.

Despite the short turnaround, his players looked full of energy as they dominated the first half, moving the ball quickly - and with purpose - as they picked holes in the Spurs defence.

Mata's free-kick clipped the home wall and deflected on to Lloris's left-hand post before only Vlad Chiriches's desperate lunge prevented Falcao scrambling in the rebound.

Seconds later, Phil Jones thought his close-range header had crossed the Spurs line before Jan Vertonghen's acrobatic clearance, and although the United defender was proved right by goal-line technology, he was denied by an offside flag.

While the possession and territorial statistics were evenly matched, United continued to create the goalscoring opportunities.

Falcao shot tamely at Lloris, Van Persie could not convert when clean through and the France keeper brilliantly tipped away Young's curling shot.

But United appeared to tire after the break, failing to have a shot on target, as Spurs improved.

Knowing they would move into the top four with their fourth straight win, Spurs pressed higher up the pitch as the visitors were not allowed the time or space that they enjoyed in the first half.

Pochettino's men have struggled to score at White Hart Lane - netting just seven times in their last nine Premier League home games - and felt they could have been awarded a penalty when Harry Kane tumbled under Wayne Rooney's challenge.

But Spurs rarely troubled United keeper David De Gea as they continue to search for their first home league win against United since May 2001.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"I think it's a fair result. Today our performance was good - it was a great effort from the players. It was a difficult first half against a Manchester United team with great players, but we believed and showed we were solid. We are improving with every game.

"Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It's not new for me. We know the quality from Hugo.

"Maybe it was a penalty on Kane, from seeing it on the TV. But during the game it was difficult to see from my position if it was a penalty or not."

Van Gaal

Van Gaal was heavily linked as a replacement for Tim Sherwood as Spurs boss earlier this year, before eventually being named as Manchester United manager

Andros Townsend

England winger Andros Townsend made his first Premier League start since 9 November

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris made five saves against Manchester United, only making more in a single match this season against Manchester City (eight)

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 01 Lloris
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 21 Fazio
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 33 Davies
  • 25 Stambouli Booked
  • 38 Mason
  • 17 Townsend Booked (Dembélé - 79' )
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 22 Chadli (Lamela - 79' )
  • 18 Kane

Substitutes

  • 02 Walker
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 09 Soldado
  • 11 Lamela
  • 13 Vorm
  • 15 Dier
  • 19 Dembélé

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 33 McNair Booked (Shaw - 76' )
  • 06 Evans (Smalling - 72' )
  • 04 Jones
  • 16 Carrick
  • 10 Rooney
  • 18 Young Booked
  • 25 A Valencia (Rafael - 45' Booked )
  • 08 Mata
  • 20 van Persie
  • 09 Falcao Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Shaw
  • 12 Smalling
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 44 Pereira
  • 49 Wilson
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 35,711

Match Stats

Possession

49 51

Shots

9 9

On target

4 5

Corners

3 6

Fouls

11 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 0.

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 0.

90:00 +2:48

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

90:00 +2:28

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:28

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

90:00 +0:33

Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:04

Hand ball by Falcao (Manchester United).

85:17 Booking

Booking Rafael (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:13

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

85:13

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:28

Attempt missed. Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

83:43 Booking

Booking Falcao (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:37

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

83:37

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:51

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Phil Jones.

81:31

Attempt missed. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Kane with a through ball following a fast break.

78:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Andros Townsend.

78:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Nacer Chadli.

77:43

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

76:46

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

76:46

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:01

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

76:01

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Luke Shaw replaces Patrick McNair.

73:06

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

73:06

Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Chris Smalling replaces Jonny Evans.

71:36

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

71:36

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:18

Attempt saved. Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen with a cross.

70:22 Booking

Booking Patrick McNair (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:17

Foul by Patrick McNair (Manchester United).

70:17

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:17

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rafael with a cross.

65:44

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:20

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:20

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

62:38

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:38

Foul by Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur).

60:38

Falcao (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:38

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

60:05

Falcao (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:05

Foul by Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur).

59:00

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

59:00

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:16

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:16

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

54:42

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

51:44

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Phil Jones.

50:58

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ashley Young.

49:52 Booking

Booking Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:47

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

49:47

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:06

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Benjamin Stambouli.

49:03

Attempt blocked. Michael Carrick (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

48:31

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

46:08

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

46:08

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Rafael replaces Antonio Valencia because of an injury.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 0.

44:12

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

44:09

Attempt saved. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

42:35

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

42:35

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:05

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

41:20

Offside, Manchester United. Falcao tries a through ball, but Antonio Valencia is caught offside.

40:18

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

40:18

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:52

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

39:52

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Carrick with a through ball.

38:24

Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:24

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

37:43

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

36:34

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

36:34

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:32

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

33:44

Attempt saved. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:57

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:00

Foul by Patrick McNair (Manchester United).

32:00

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:30 Booking

Booking Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:26

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:26

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

25:43 Booking

Booking Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

24:37

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Mason tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

23:38

Offside, Manchester United. Robin van Persie tries a through ball, but Phil Jones is caught offside.

23:06

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

21:48

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:47

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:47

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

20:02

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Kane.

18:31

Attempt saved. Falcao (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata with a through ball.

14:10

Foul by Michael Carrick (Manchester United).

14:10

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:53

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

12:53

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:19

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

10:39

Offside, Manchester United. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

10:07

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

8:49

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:49

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

2:31

Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:31

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

0:56

Attempt blocked. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

0:23

Offside, Manchester United. David de Gea tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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