TOTTENHAM 0 MAN UTD 0
Hugo Lloris refused to be beaten as Manchester United finished an ignominious 2014 with a goalless draw at Tottenham.
Louis van Gaal, who succeeded the sacked David Moyes in the summer, had been hoping to end a fraught year on a high and continue United’s bid to regain a Champions League place.
It was the first time United had named an unchanged starting XI since November 2012, in 85 Premier League games; curious timing given they had played fewer than 48 hours previously.
United, who had not lost at White Hart Lane since May 2001, swept Newcastle aside in 53 minutes in the 3-1 win and had it not been for Lloris the visitors would have been out of sight at the interval.
The Spurs goalkeeper saved twice from Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Ashley Young and was complimented by opposite number David de Gea as the teams left the field at half-time.
The one time Lloris was beaten Juan Mata’s deflected free-kick hit the post and Vlad Chiriches cleared the rebound off the line ahead of Van Persie.
Van Persie and Mata fired over in a second half in which Spurs, who next play Chelsea, had the better openings without really testing De Gea as the match ended in a stalemate.
United still have won only twice away from home this season and now go to Stoke on New Year’s Day hoping for a brighter 2015.