Tottenham ended 23 years of hurt with a 3-2 victory over Manchester United in the English Premier League on Saturday for the north London side's first win at Old Trafford since 1989.

Spurs had not beaten United since 2001 but wasted little time in showing their intent on this occasion with defender Jan Vertonghen giving Tottenham the early lead when he stuck a Gareth Bale pass into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 2nd minute.

Bale doubled the advantage in the 32nd with his first goal of the season. The Welsh midfielder took a pass from Mousa Dembele near the center circle and made a diagonal run through the United half to his right before shooting across goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard into the bottom left corner.

Nani pulled one back from a Wayne Rooney cross early in the second half to start a flurry of three goals in three minutes.

Clint Dempsey restored Spurs' two-goal lead a minute later in the 52nd when he tucked in the rebound from a Lindegaard save of a Bale strike, but Shinji Kagawa immediately cut the visitors' lead to 3-2.

Tottenham endured a torrid half-hour to end the match as goalkeeper Brad Friedel made a string of saves to preserve the win.