LONDON - Wayne Rooney scored two goals as Manchester United twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Tottenham Hotspur in an entertaining Premier League encounter.
Spurs led twice, through a Kyle Walker free-kick and then a stunning strike from Sandro, but Rooney hit back on each occasion to extend United's unbeaten record to 12 games in all competitions.
David Moyes's side were thankful to leave White Hart Lane with a point, but having also drawn 2-2 at Cardiff City last weekend, this was another missed opportunity to gain ground on the top four.
Following the euphoria of the 5-0 mid-week thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, it was a reality check for the champions, who remain in eighth place, nine points behind leaders Arsenal.
"We had a great win in mid-week and, but for a minute at Cardiff near the end, you'd have been saying Manchester United have had a really good week," said United manager Moyes.
"But United have to win. That's why at the end we were still trying to get a way of getting the third goal, but we couldn't quite get it."
It is now 13 games since Spurs last beat United at home, but they were unrecognisable from the team thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City last weekend and continue to trail United by only a point.
"Obviously it was not a bad result, because against Manchester United it is always difficult, but I think, due to fact that we took a heavy defeat against Manchester City, this was a great response from the players," said Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.
United welcomed back captain Nemanja Vidic following concussion, but Robin van Persie was once again unavailable due to a groin injury.
Spurs made six changes to the team that won 2-0 at Tromso in the Europa League on Thursday, with Villas-Boas electing to deploy Sandro, Paulinho and Mousa Dembele in a three-man midfield.