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Tottenham twice fight back to deny Manchester United victory in front of Sir Jim Ratcliffe

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Tottenham came from behind twice to draw 2-2 and deny Manchester United victory in front of the watching Sir Jim Ratcliffe at Old Trafford.

Rasmus Hojlund put Erik ten Hag's team in front with a powerful early effort but Richarlison headed in the first equaliser and though Marcus Rashford restored United's advantage, Rodrigo Bentancur levelled again at the start of the second half.

Scott McTominay headed over in stoppage time but neither side could find a winner in an entertaining affair that showcased Ange Postecoglou's passing game and the pace of the home team on the counter-attack. The draw moves United up two places to seventh. Spurs miss the chance to overtake Arsenal and stay fifth.

How it played out at Old Trafford

Ratcliffe, whose partial takeover is expected to go through next month, was treated to a fast start and a spectacular strike as Hojlund lit up Old Trafford with a fierce finish into the roof of the net. Rashford had been crowded out. Hojlund's hit was emphatic.

Tottenham's response was impressive, Jonny Evans flicking debutant Timo Werner's header wide and Diogo Dalot was required to clear Bentancur's header off the line. The equaliser did come when Richarlison nodded in Pedro Porro's left-wing corner.

The template was set by that stage - Spurs dominating possession, United threatening on the counter-attack. It made for a thrilling game. Still in the first half, Destiny Udogie headed Rashford's cross against his own post before United took the lead once more.

Rashford's clever one-two with Hojlund outmanoeuvred Porro and the finish, low into the far corner, was too good for Guglielmo Vicario. There was time for Cristian Romero to head against the bar from another Porro corner before the half-time whistle.

Spurs needed no encouragement to believe they were still in it - it was that kind of game. And Bentancur levelled it within a minute of the restart, with Ten Hag yet to take his seat. Werner's centre was collected smartly and dispatched high into Andre Onana's net.

Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford when leading at half-time but that record was at risk as Tottenham chased a third. Ten Hag brought McTominay on, seeking dynamism, while Lisandro Martinez made his return.

But the expected grandstand finish did not quite emerge. McTominay spurned the clearest opportunity, heading Alejandro Garnacho's cross over the bar when unmarked. The supporters at Old Trafford are hoping for much more once Ratcliffe's impact is felt.