Paul Pogba stepped off the bench to help derail Jose Mourinho and Tottenham's hopes of catching Manchester United in the race for the Champions League places, winning a penalty for Bruno Fernandes to cancel out Steven Bergwijn's opener.
A woeful David de Gea error from Bergwijn's first-half strike (27) looked like it would end United's unbeaten streak on their Premier League return, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were hugely improved after the break with the introduction of fit-again Pogba, and Spurs could not withstand the onslaught as it ended 1-1.
After a series of United chances, the Frenchman skipped past Eric Dier and the Spurs defender clumsily brought down his opponent for Fernandes (81) to convert a deserved equaliser from the spot.
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United were awarded a second spot-kick in the 90th minute by referee Jon Moss, but VAR spared Spurs after the collision between Dier and Fernandes was deemed to not be a foul.
A victory for Mourinho's men - in his first match against his former side - would have closed the gap between Spurs and United to just one point, but the draw leaves the visitors two points ahead of Sheffield United in fifth and two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's hopes of a spot in Europe's elite club competition are fading into the distance, following four Premier League games without a win.
Tottenham: Lloris (8), Aurier (7), Sanchez (6), Dier (6), Davies (6), Winks (6), Sissoko (6), Bergwijn (8), Lamela (7), Son (7), Kane (6).
Subs: Lo Celso (6), Fernandes (6)
Man Utd: De Gea (3), Wan-Bissaka (7), Lindelof (6), Maguire (4), Shaw (6), Fred (6), McTominay (6), Fernandes (8), James (6), Martial (6), Rashford (7).
Subs: Pogba (8), Greenwood (7), Ighalo, Bailly, Matic (n/a)
Man of the Match: Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd)
How Man Utd fought back to draw at Spurs
Players and officials applauded before kick-off to pay respect to victims of coronavirus and took a knee after the first whistle to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Once the action got underway, fit-again Marcus Rashford, who has made positive headlines during lockdown with his charity work, nearly made the breakthrough on 20 minutes after a slow start to the match, but his low volley was kicked away by Hugo Lloris.
At the other end, Lloris' counterpart De Gea was not so sharp, and made a real mess of Bergwijn's powerful shot after the Dutchman strode away from Harry Maguire to fire Spurs ahead.
De Gea was the centre of attention once again moments later but this time the United 'keeper pulled off a smart stop to parry Heung-Min Son's header over the bar.
After the break, United began to build momentum, with Rashford heading Dan James' cross wide and Fernandes skidding a shot beyond the far post before the Portuguese linked up with substitute Pogba and fed Anthony Martial, whose effort was brilliantly blocked by Dier.
- Harry Kane made his first start for Spurs since New Year's Day
- Fit-again Heung-Min Son, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko also started
- Marcus Rashford returned to Man Utd XI, Paul Pogba began on the bench
Lloris produced a stunning stop to push away Martial's strike on 66 minutes, but Pogba then turned on the style to make the difference. The Frenchman produced some neat skill to get beyond Dier and was then tumbled by his opponent in the box.
Fernandes made no mistake from the spot, sending Lloris the wrong way, to take his record for United to three goalsand three assists in six Premier League appearances - the best return of any player in the competition since he signed from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Tottenham pushed back in search of a winner but it was United who thought they had a chance to take all three points when referee Moss pointed to the penalty spot for a second time when Fernandes fell against Dier. Mourinho was incensed and rightly so, with VAR reversing the decision.
Mason Greenwood, who had helped turn the tide when he came on with Pogba in the second half, then rifled a shot just off target from 20 yards as United finished on top - extending their unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions and dealing a blow to Tottenham's ambitions during this run-in.
What the managers said...
- Spurs are winless in seven games in all competitions (D3 L4), their worst run since November 2016 (also seven without a win).
- Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions (W8 D4), scoring 30 goals and conceding just three in that run.
- Steven Bergwijn became only the second player to score in his first three home Premier League appearances for Spurs, after Rafael van der Vaart in 2010.
- Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in six Premier League goals (3 goals, 3 assists) since his debut in February - two more than any other player in that time.
- Since the start of last season, Manchester United have both taken (23) and scored (16) more penalties than any other Premier League side.
- Only Trent Alexander-Arnold (14) has more assists among Premier League defenders in all competitions than Spurs full-back Serge Aurier this season (8).
- Jose Mourinho has won none of his last six matches against his former clubs in all competitions (D2 L4), taking just one point from four Premier League matches against Chelsea and Man Utd this season (D1 L3).
Live Premier League
Tottenham head into a London derby next up with West Ham visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 8pm; Kick-off at 8.15pm. They then face a nine-day wait before their next game against fellow Champions League chasers Sheffield United on July 2.
Live Premier League
Manchester United host the Blades in their next game on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm; Kick-off at 6pm. They then face an FA Cup quarter-final trip to Norwich on June 27; Kick-off at 5.30pm.