Tottenham v Man Utd – Will the Unbeaten Run Be Broken?
Tottenham will take on Manchester United today in a bid to jump above Chelsea and go fourth in the table whilst breaking United’s 25 game unbeaten run. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four home matches in the league against big four opposition, but will they be able to defeat the League leaders who beat them in a controversial 2 – 0 win earlier this season? They will certainly be looking for revenge.
Tottenham fancy themselves too, and probably with good reason. United have not been playing their best football, especially away from home – recording only two away wins in the last nine away games. Their home form and lack of losses is what is keeping them top. However, the away form must improve, and Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping that the improvement will start with a convincing win at Tottenham.
The Spurs manager said:
“I couldn’t see them remaining unbeaten. It’s not impossible but I don’t see them doing that. I don’t see that they are on another planet to the other teams. They are favourites to win the league but not to go unbeaten.”
“They haven’t hit the heights this year, but they keep winning games and they haven’t been beaten. We are playing well. We are a better team than played United last year. We have got every chance. We are at home. We will give them a real game.”
The matches between these two team are often littered with controversial moments and often prove to be brilliant entertainment, as both sides love to attack and believe they can win. Tottenham and England defender Michael Dawson will be doing his best to prevent the United attack grabbing a winning goal, and he also believes that his teammates are good enough to defeat United:
“Yes they’re on a good run and are top of the form table for a reason. But, hopefully, on Sunday we can be the first team to beat them. We want to win things and that means the title. We want to be contenders year after year. And to do that you have to beat the likes of United.”
He will be up against a particularly experienced attacker in Ryan Giggs. The Welsh veteran may not have the speed to get around as many players as he could when his sparkling career began, but he can still influence his teammates with his hardworking culture and natural skill. An appearance for Giggs will take his appearance count reach a massive 600 – only 6 appearances away from fellow United legend Sir Bobby Charlton. He is now 37, but his career glides on, and last week played the whole 90 minutes, which impressed his manager:
“His [Ryan Giggs’s] fitness was fantastic last week, he was going for the whole 90 minutes up and down the pitch, and he’s been doing that for two decades… There is no other player that’s ever done that or ever likely to do that… He’s quite an amazing man”
His old team mate, David Beckham will not be making an appearance however. He has been training with Tottenham, but a signing has not been completed and doesn’t look as if it will be, so none of his trademark crosses will be dropping into the United box onto the head of Peter Crouch, or Spurs’ top scorer this season, Rafael van der vaart. The Dutchman has scored 9 league goals, and will be a big threat to United’s back line which may contain fellow countryman Edwin van dar sar and Nemanja Vidic after returning from injuries.
Gareth Bale will be threatening the young Rafael on the left wing, which should prove a tough test for the Brazilian who has started to play a lot more for United as Gary Neville eases out of the United team, looking set for retirement. Rooney could be back for the Red Devils, so there will be no lack of attacking football from both sides.
With Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea already recording wins this week-end, both teams need the win. Tottenham have the home crowds support and the motivation of breaking the 6th longest unbeaten run in Premier League history, while United will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League, and keep that brilliant run going.
I’m looking forward to it.
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