Man U beat Tottenham 1-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Ryan Giggs headed in the only goal on Saturday to maintain Manchester United's perfect start in the English Premier League with a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Ryan Giggs headed in the only goal after nine minutes on Saturday to maintain Manchester United's perfect start in the English Premier League with a 1-0 win over Tottenham. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar had to make three good saves to deny Spurs at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils remain two points clear of Portsmouth and Everton after their fourth straight victory. Despite the continued absence of Wayne Rooney, who was serving the final game of his three-match suspension, United raced into the lead. Tottenham midfielder Edgar Davids conceded a free kick for a foul on Saha and Giggs moved the ball forward a few meters to put into better shooting range. Cristiano Ronaldo's powerful free kick swerved late and goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who also had the sun in his eyes, failed to hold it. The ball bounced to Giggs, whose header went in off the underside of the crossbar. It should have been the signal for United to take control of the game. But the 70,000 or so United fans in a Premier League record crowd of 75,453 fell almost silent as their players failed to create any good chances before halftime. Instead, it was Tottenham that went close to scoring and, when Van der Sar was left exposed by his defenders, he had to race off his line to block a shot from Michael Dawson and then react to save a follow up effort from Ledley King. Early in the second half, Van der Sar tipped a deflected shot from Pascal Chimbonda over the bar and Dawson went close again when he met the corner but his downward header bounced over. After Robinson had pushed a rising shot from Ronaldo over the bar, Spurs broke out again in the 67th minute and substitute Jermain Defoe was left totally unmarked as he rose to meet a left-wing cross from Benoit Assou-Ekotto but couldn't get his header on target. Saha should have made it 2-0 in the 87th when he broke clear of the Spurs defence only for Robinson to block his close range shot. (AP)

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