Lady luck isn’t shining on David Moyes at present

Posted on January 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   11 Comments »
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Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Tottenham in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United

Guest Author: Doron

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Like it or not, luck has always played a part in football (as fans of yesterday’s visitors, Spurs, will remind us of more than most by uttering the name, “Roy Carroll”). It doesn’t necessarily dictate the course of a season-long campaign but it can influence moments, short spells and momentum; determining the ebbs and flows of clusters of fixtures. It’s also something that isn’t siding with United and David Moyes this season.

To write a piece about luck may seem like a strange choice – diversionary and/or naïve – acting as if that’s all that’s going wrong at United this season. Of course, that isn’t the case but there’s no doubting that Moyes isn’t getting the rub of the green in a few key areas and in some cases it’s directly impacting the outcome of some games.

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Manchester United vs Spurs: View From The Opposition

Posted on January 01, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Match Previews, Spurs   No Comments »
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Manchester United host Spurs at Old Trafford hoping to avenge the 3-2 defeat from last season

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Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford for today’s New Year clash. The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane produced an exciting 2-2 draw and usually clashes between the two are full of incident. Spurs achieved their first win at Old Trafford last season since 1989 with a 3-2 but had to survive a United onslaught in the second half. An Evans OG and goals from Dempsey and Bale were enough to see Spurs home.

Since the 2-2 draw on the 1st December both sides have experienced differing fortunes. United have started to find a consistency in recent weeks whilst Spurs have had to recover from heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool that resulted in the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas. Tim Sherwood has stepped in and appeared to steady the ship for Spurs whose most recent result was a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Stoke City.

United have continued injury concerns with Van Persie, Jones and Rafael serious doubts whilst Wayne Rooney faces a late call on his fitness. Spurs have added Paulinho to an extensive injury list after Charlie Adam’s assault/tackle at Stoke City.

We sat down with Tottenham fan, Bashir Falconer to run the rule over the North London side heading into today’s teatime clash.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United: View from the oppo

Posted on November 30, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   2 Comments »
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Manchester United travel to under fire Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur meet for the 179th time on Sunday, as United look to heap more misery on under boss André Villas-Boas, following Spurs’ demolition against Manchester City last weekend. The North London club are currently 9th in the table and despite a good start to the season, Villas Boas finds himself on the back of two defeats and the third worst goal scoring record in the league.

Only Crystal Palace and Sunderland, who occupy the bottom two spots, have scored less goals this season. When you compare Spurs’ 9 to City’s 34 or Arsenal’s 24, he highlights just how much they’ve struggled up top this term. United will be hopeful to go one better than last season, when David De Gea’s weak punch resulted in a last minute equaliser.

David Moyes will be full of confidence following the excellent 5-0 away in Leverkusen this week and will be looking to close the gap at the top following a disappointing performance and result against Cardiff City last weekend. Both Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic are both expected to return to action following injuries that have kept them out of the last two fixtures.

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Gareth Bale transfer was the one that got away

Posted on May 08, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Quotes, Spurs, Transfer Speculation   2 Comments »
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Gareth Bale was linked to a move to Manchester United when at Southampton in 2007

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was disappointed to miss out on the signing of a young Gareth Bale in 2007. Bale was a teenager at Southampton and Manchester United went in for the Welshman before Tottenham Hotspur. However, the current double winning player of the year never got the chance to speak to United according to Ferguson. Instead the youngster moved to White Hart Lane and was deployed as a left back for the early part of his career.

Its strange to think that Bale was considered a liability a couple of season ago from a defensive view point, but Harry Redknapp moved him further up and the pitch and he has since developed into one of the best players in Europe. Zinedine Zidane is a favourite, so what did happen in 2007 that saw the former Southampton man move to Spurs instead of United?

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Robin van Persie deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the year

Posted on March 25, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Awards, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs   13 Comments »
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Robin van Persie has been a pivotal part of Manchester United’s title pursuit this season

Many fans ridicule it and simply remark that, in the grand scheme of the things, it really doesn’t matter. No, no – I’m not talking about the International break, but personal awards for players. Yes, the European Cup, Championship, FA Cup and League Cup are all more important – agreed. But when one of your players, like Wayne Rooney in 2010, Giggs in 2009 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 (and 2007) are awarded with such a prize, their contributions has aided the club throughout the season. Sure, sometimes you lose out – like in 2010 – but the award is a pretty good indication of a player who has made the difference in the season. This is why Robin van Persie must be crowned PFA Footballer of the year ahead of the exceptional Luis Suarez and brilliant Gareth Bale.

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Spurs 1-1 United: Denied at the death, but a good point nonetheless

Posted on January 21, 2013  by El Rob  in El Rob, Man United, Match Reports, Spurs   24 Comments »
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Evra vs. Lennon was one of the key battles in Tottenham vs. Manchester United

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In Sunday’s big game Man United traveled to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Wintry conditions threatened to postpone the match, but after a late pitch inspection the teams were given the all-clear. Spurs lined up as expected with Defoe and Parker replacing Adebayor (international duty) and Sandro (injured). United made only one change to the team that beat Liverpool last Sunday, but altered their team shape and tactics significantly. As always, we’d love to hear the debate from both sets of fans.

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Tottenham Hotspur v.s Manchester United preview & lineup

Posted on January 19, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Spurs   No Comments »
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Manchester United lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season.

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Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane for the 178th time to take on 4th place Tottenham Hotspur. United lost 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, despite a flurry of attacks in the second half.

Andre Villas-Boas has, so far, done a superb job in challenging for a champions league place but will be aware that Spurs have not beaten United at home since 2000/01, in a match that saw United field a weakened side having wrapped up the Premier League already. Although, Spurs have a great opportunity to do the double over United, the first time since 1989/90. Here we take a look at the match preview including a view from the opposition, injury news, a potential United lineup and prediction.

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Man United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: United nearly make up for Fergie’s selection error

Posted on September 29, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Spurs   43 Comments »

Robin van Persie challenges Clint Dempsey

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Spurs came to Old Trafford with that familiar feeling of impending doom – it’s not been a happy place for them to visit for a generation now. That said, depending on Fergie’s team selection they may be forgiven for thinking things might be about to change – United’s midfield has too often been there for the taking and Spurs have some powerful options in that area. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Man United vs. Tottenham Hotspur match preview: key battle, line ups and history

Posted on September 28, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Spurs   14 Comments »

Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring against Spurs in 2010/11

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United will face their first big home game of the Premier League season when Spurs visit on Saturday afternoon. After the defeat at Everton in their opening game of the season, United have won every game since and conceded just twice in their last two games. Spurs, after a shaky start under new coach, Andre Villas-Boas, have now won three of their last four but have a terrible recent record at Old Trafford and not won there for 23 years. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.

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United and rivals – predictions and thoughts for 2012/13

The new season is just days away so we decided we’d make some predictions and share our thoughts on both United and our rivals. Bookmark this so you can tell us how wrong we were come May 2013! We hope you’ve got your new kit and football equipment all ready for Saturday!

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