United tie gives City hope in EPL title race
By Steve Douglas ,APLONDON -- Manchester United gave reigning champion Manchester City a glimmer of hope in the Premier League title race on Sunday, conceding a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham that reduced the leaders' advantage to five points.
January 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Chelsea could yet threaten the top two after beating Arsenal 2-1 to end its barren run at Stamford Bridge, but the European champions must make up an 11-point gap to United with 15 matches remaining.
Clint Dempsey rescued Spurs with a close-range strike in the third minute of stoppage time, canceling out Robin van Persie's league-high 18th goal of the campaign that looked to be enough for United at White Hart Lane.
“We did so well at everything. The disappointment is not finishing them off,” said United manager Alex Ferguson, who could find himself in disciplinary trouble for criticizing a linesman for not awarding a penalty for a foul on substitute Wayne Rooney shortly before Dempsey's goal.
Despite the draw, fourth-place Tottenham fell four points behind Chelsea in the fight for the third automatic Champions League place after goals in the opening 16 minutes by Juan Mata and Frank Lampard secured the win against Arsenal.
Dreadful in the first half, Arsenal improved after the break but couldn't add to Theo Walcott's goal in the 58th minute. Arsene Wenger's side is seven points behind Spurs, and its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for a 16th straight season are hanging in the balance.
“We can't afford to lose more points,” Wenger said. “It's a concern.”
Famous for rescuing points by scoring late goals, United got a taste of what it feels like to concede in the final minutes.