Friday, 19 August 2011

BIG TEST FOR 'FERGIE'S BABES'----MAN UNITED VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR PREVIEW!



Okay, ignore the 'Fergie's babes' reference in the title but it has to be said, Arsene Wenger (and Michael Jackson) will be 'pleased' with our starting line up on Monday Night's Football's fixture between us and Spurs.

Captain Nemanja is out for five weeks and the manager is not certain if Rio will make the starting line-up for this one, and has hence told the press that our back-line will feature De Gea, Smalling, Evans and Jones. Evra is the most experienced available in the defence. Add Cleverley, Welbeck, Anderson, Nani, Young and Rooney to that list and the age stats will make Spurs a team full of veterans.

Not to take anything away from United, this United team has impressed the manager and fans alike ever since that pre-season Barcelona game and the Community Shield win against City. The speed at which we play seems to have gone up a notch or two compared to last season and despite our alleged weaknesses, we've become a suddenly more difficult team to beat, if not for the fact that those young kids will keep you running for the 94 minutes.

The manager has spoken today of his excitement at watching his fourth generation Manchester United team take to the pitch and silence critics and I have to say, I too are. I mean despite the clock ticking away at the Hawthorns, I wasn't really bothered by the fact that the scores were level because this season, we seem to be playing a style that is full of goals. Yes, we could let a few but we're likely to out-score our opponents every game. That should mean that a season-ticket holder and regular arm-chair viewers are in for a treat of a season.

Spurs are yet to play in the EPL because their game against Everton was cancelled because of you know what and so I thought that we could benefit from having them relatively unfit as this would be their first game of the season. But having watched them last night break a few Hearts, I have to revise that opinion. They won 5-0 and although the opposition wasn't the strongest, the fluidity with which they went about their business was one that spoke volumes of a side that are eager to take to the pitch and kick-off their season.

In all probability, we're likely to have De Gea in goal for this one so you can be sure one or two set plays will require that our young centre-backs put in a shift on Monday night. They have to. I know Crouch and Dawson will be right in the nose of the Spaniard but I trust he's had enough of the same in training this week. The media just can't simply wait for Spurs to win a corner on Monday.

Manchester United vs Spurs at Old Trafford has had a knack of bringing up 'controversy' over the 90 minutes. Don't expect this to be any different. What we can be sure of is that this game will give us something to talk us through next week, but I won't care a jot if at the end of the match, we have bagged all three points!


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