Tottenham secured an historic win over Manchester United thanks to goals from Jan Vetonghen, Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale.

First half goals from Vertonghen and Bale handed Tottenham the advantage at half-time as the north London club looked to secure their first victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford since 1989.

Gareth Bale
Bale celebrates after scoring against United [Reuters] Reuters

The Belgian defender opened the scoring after just 90 seconds when he burst into the box and his shot was deflected off Jonny Evans past Anders Lindegaard to hand Spurs the lead.

United had barely touched the ball before going behind and they continued to struggle as Tottenham then doubled their lead after half an hour when Gareth Bale received the ball from Moussa Dembele before sprinting clear of Rio Ferdinand and calmly slotting the ball past a helpless Lindegaard.

In the second half United managed to halve the deficit as Nani found the net, but it was short lived as Clint Dempsey restored the two goal lead after Lindegaard was only able to parry a shot from Bale and the American slotted it into the empty net.

In a crazy three minutes of action, Manchester United managed to find an almost instant response as Shinji Kagawa was found by Robin van Persie and he expertly finished past Brad Friedel.

The game continued to be open and there where plenty of opportunities for both sides as Wayne Rooney came off the bench to hit a 20-yard free-kick against the post.

United continued to attack as they looked to secure an equaliser and they came close once again as former Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick guided a header onto the crossbar with ten minutes remaining.

Tottenham rode their luck as time continued to tick down and Andre Villas-Boas' side managed to hold out to secure their first victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 13 years.

The victory moved Tottenham up to fifth place, while United suffered their second loss of the season and now fins themselves four points behind Chelsea.