Bolt, Cantona, Owen & more: Twitter reacts as Tottenham hold Man United

Usain Bolt, Eric Cantona and Michael Owen all tweet their thoughts after a 1-1 draw between Tottenham and Manchester United

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Clint Dempsey netted the equaliser against Manchester United Photo: wjarrettc, via Flickr

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Clint Dempsey scored an injury-time strike to deny Manchester United three points and help Tottenham Hotspur salvage a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Robin van Persie gave the Red Devils a first-half lead when he headed past Hugo Lloris, and the visitors looked to set to hang on for a win until Dempsey’s late goal.

Here’s a look at the reaction to the result on Twitter from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order.

Former Valencia captain Gaizka Mendieta ‏(@GaizkaMendieta6) raises a key talking point before kick-off at White Hart Lane: “English tradition…it doesn’t matter if raining, snowing or wind is blowing & players are freezing! Always wear short sleeves! #properman”

Southampton star Richard Chaplow ‏(@Rchap04) is in awe of United’s prolific striker after he scores again: “#RVP on absolute fire #supersunday”

While Marseille midfielder Joey Barton (‏@Joey7Barton) reckons Van Persie is a steal at £24m: “Some player that Van Persie. Looking a bargain at £24 million…Great ball Cleverley…”

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter (‏@IanJamesPoulter) gets angry thinking about how Arsenal sold Van Persie to United: “18 goals for RVP this year. Arsenal sold him for what….. Oh it was purely football reasons. Wow it blows my mind.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris ‏(@morriskid) loves the team aspect of United’s goal: “Wow what a goal…trace that all the way back to Rio…seven passes and then boom..top team move and goal!!”

Reading striker Adam Le Fondre (‏@A1F1E9) is a United fan – and a Van Persie fan: “Ohhhhhhh Robin Van Persie!!!”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright ‏(@IanWright0) reckons there’s no stopping the United striker: “No longer if Van Persie scores, it’s when!”

Even six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt (‏@usainbolt) gets in on the act: “Even when it’s snowing @Persie_Official scores #MUFC!”

Dutch midfielder George Boateng (‏@george1boateng) is lost for words: “I have run out of compliments to my boy #RVP special player and he will make #MUFC champions this season. He left #Arsenal to win things.”

But United legend Eric Cantona ‏(@CantonaE7) prefers to focus on an unsung hero: “I also feel Michael Carrick is underrated, he has been a class above the rest for most of this season. He will get noted soon enough.”

Former Red Devils striker Michael Owen ‏(@themichaelowen) defends his former team-mate: “Always thought the stick De Gea got at the start of his United career was harsh. He is top class and will only get better. You could argue that Spain have 6 of the top 10 goalkeepers in the world. All of whom are great with their feet. Imperative in top teams nowadays.”

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann ‏(@DietmarHamann) is critical of Rafael’s defending: “Where was Rafael going just before Spurs scored?”

Finally, Jody Morris (‏@morriskid) agrees with Gary Neville’s critique of De Gea: I’m totally with @GNev2 again..I’d want my keeper to punch that 20/25 yards out..not five yards to a Spurs player..made some great saves but.”

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