Late Sunday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur will be taking on the mighty Manchester United.
No, wait, that was 3 years ago.
They may not be the ‘Mighty Manchester United’ anymore, but, they still find a way to beat Tottenham.
Which is strange because Manchester United, nowadays, are considered to be a team that if you have a decent enough squad (e.g. Stoke City) and half a decent manager (Mark Hughes) you are now, more than ever, likely to get a result from them.
A lot has changed.
Gone are the days, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s now famous ‘three-word halftime team talk’ when he said:
‘Lads, it’s (just) Tottenham.’
Gone are the days, when Manchester United was themselves the league contenders and Tottenham were fighting for the last Champions League spots with Arsenal or the Europa League positions with Stoke City, Everton and all the other teams that are only relevant to their own supporters.
This time, Tottenham Hotspurs are gunning for the Barclays Premier League and Manchester United are battling it out to make it to number 4. (Sir Alex Ferguson must be rolling over in his queen size bed)
The White Hart Lane outfit have had a wonderful season. They have played with pace, precision and with a mean defence.
Spurs would want to continue putting pressure on the league leaders Leicester City and nothing else but a win would be accepted.
Mauricio Potchettino insists that they will fight till the end.
“It’s important for us to be focused and prepared, but we can’t play when Leicester play. We can only do our job and be focused on the three points.”
“We will see what happens with Leicester. It’s important for us to believe and to fight. There are six games ahead and anything can happen in football.”
Manchester United have not lost at Tottenham in 14 visits. My youngest cousin is well into puberty, at 15 years old, and she hasn’t witnessed Spurs win at White Hart Lane against United.
Louis van Gaal’s side has been horrid to watch this season, because of their senseless possession football, their lack of chance creation, and because Jesse Lingard is a retard.
But don’t be fooled by the crappy football on display, United have the 2nd stingiest defensive in the league after Tottenham and even though they are bad, they are number five in the league, plus they do have players who can punish you in the final third.
“I think they have a very good squad. I have said that also last year,” Van Gaal said about Spurs.
“I think he has made a team of this squad of individual players. They are pressing high, they are playing a very good positional game and they score goals. They score a lot of goals.
“They also have a lot of clean sheets, so it’s a very good team in organisation structures, so I think that you can give credit to Mauricio Pochettino.”
Article by: Thabang Kgeledi @Chiz_ZoBoSportz