Five things we learned about Manchester United against Tottenham

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United's 2-2 draw left them nine points behind leaders Arsenal, but after drawing at White Hart Lane last year as well, this result must be seen as a good one

In a competitive and entertaining game, United came twice from behind to draw 2-2 at Tottenham. The result wasn't ideal for either team, and left a lot of talking points for the champions.

Walls should be much more inclined to stay grounded when a free kick is just outside the box

David Moyes will be very disappointed that the United wall jumped with such vigour for Kyle Walker's free kick. Especially as they jumped high enough for the ball to come underneath them and into the back of the net. So close to the edge of the box, it's very difficult to get the ball up and down enough to be on target. Walker has scored some great free kicks, but he's no Bale, and the wall should have realised that they didn't need to jump so high to cover their goal.

United are really lacking the explosive wingers they're used to

At certain points in the first half Antonio Valencia looked like he would go on to have a good game, he was having a decent battle against Jan Vertonghen and beat him for pace a couple of times. But he quickly faded from the game, and the other wingers on display, Welbeck, and substitutes Nani and Ashley Young, flattered to deceive. It seems like so long ago that United had a top class winger.

Should Rooney be first-choice central striker?

The Englishman had an outstanding game for United, looking head and shoulders above any other player on either team. His two goals took him above Robin Van Persie as the club's top scorer, and there is little doubt that he can perform that goalscoring role with some aplomb, as he moved above fellow Liverpudlian Robbie Fowler in the total Premier League goals list. Performing like he is now, there are few better strikers in the league, and none better at United.

Should Moyes be looking to replace Evra and Vidic?

Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are both the wrong side of 30 and are also both out of contract at the end of the season. Against Spurs, both displayed a vulnerability most unlike their old selves, and it's little wonder that David Moyes is looking to bring in another top class left back and centre back. Are they really both past it though or was this just an off day.

What is Phil Jones' best position?

The fact that Phil Jones hasn't managed to claim a regular position in central defence is either a sign that maybe he isn't ready to become the top class centre back everyone expected him to be, or that United's midfield is so woeful that a defender playing there is better than a £27.5 million player the manager knows well. Jones is a versatile player of course, and young enough to claim a spot somewhere, but the sooner he starts playing one position regularly the better, for him, for United and for England. 

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