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United 3 Spurs 0

United joined our noisy-neighbours at the top of the Premier League after a comfortable win over Spurs.

Sir Alex Ferguson was without his first-choice central defence pairing of Ferdinand and Vidic, Evans and Jones were deputizing. But the defence did carry an element of experience with Evra returning from injury.

In midfield, the same four were selected that started at the Hawthorns whilst up front, Rooney and Welbeck were paired together again. On the bench was Hernandez, making his comeback from an extended pre-season break along with Berbatov who might have been hoping to start against his former club.

United - De Gea, Evra, Jones, Evans, Smalling, Anderson, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - Lindegaard, Fabio, Giggs, Park, Carrick, Berbatov, Hernandez

Interestingly, the average age of the United starting eleven is the second youngest ever in our Premier League history.

As for the visitors, Harry Redknapp made one change to the eleven that started against Hearts, in the Europa League, giving Brad Friedel his debut in place of Gomes.

A nice touch from those that run the club greeted the Old Trafford faithful tonight with a scarf, commemorating the record 19th title triumph, of last season, placed on every seat.

As kick-off approached, Sir Alex had the following words for those covering the game live,

'We had a good start to the season [with a win at West Brom], especially considering our away form last season, now let's hope we can continue our home form from last season. Our backline is young, yes, but there's plenty of Premier League experience among them - I have no fears about them at all. And I'm not worried about [keeper David] De Gea either, no problem.'

First Half - Freidel was called into early action when he clasped a weak Rooney header; the chance coming after Van der Vaart had lost possession. Freidel was called into action again and produced a great save to tip an effort from Cleverley around the post.

De Gea then gave us all a heart attack, trying to do some dandy footwork to dribble out of defence, fortunately a trip from Van Der Vaart allowed us all to recover.

Already, with just over a quarter of an hour played, a decent battle between Young and Walker was gathering momentum. Spurs pushed forward and United were lucky that the referee, Lee Probert, missed a foul on Bale, by Jones on the edge of the area. Harry Redknapp could be seen to be not amused in the Spurs dug-out.

As the mid-point of the half approached, Nani produced two moments of skill. The first saw the winger play a great ball into the danger area that Welbeck just failed to reach and the second saw a similar ball played in that saw Dawson hastily clear.

Rooney, as the half hour mark approached, delivered the cross of the night so far, but Young could only head the ball wide. As the play spread to the other end, De Gea wasn`t really tested by Kranjcar`s effort.

Evans received the first yellow card of the game for a crude challenge on Van der Vaart, quickly followed by Dawson for a foul on Young. As half time approached Nani fired an effort over the bar, and Van der Vaart unleashed a long range shot that De Gea easily coped with. Just before the half time whistle Aaron Lennon screwed a shot wide.

Half Time - United 0 Spurs 0

Spurs got the second half underway, having replaced Walker with Corluka. United started well with some intricate passing but Young`s cross was straight into the arms of Freidel. Bale then shot wide when others were better placed.

United created a half chance when Rooney set up Anderson but when his shot was parried Rooney`s effort wasn`t sufficient to beat Freidel. Suddenly United were, finally, getting on top. Welbeck set up Young but his effort cleared the bar.

Van Der Vaart tried his effort from distance but also cleared the bar. Just past the hour mark though United took the lead, the goal, scored by Welbeck, the goal came after Cleverley and Smalling combined for Cleverley to whip in a perfect cross that Welbeck, between defenders headed home.

United 1 Spurs 0 (Welbeck - 61 minutes)

Rooney tried to add a second but Freidel produced a fine save to deny the striker before, not too long after, Rooney shot wide when well placed. United were now swarming all over Spurs and Freidel did well to deny Welbeck from doubling the score with an acrobatic overhead kick.

Redknapp made two changes but a second United goal dented any enthusiasm Spurs might have had for getting back on level terms. The goal was a classy affair with a move that saw Young and Rooney involved resulting in Welbeck receiving the ball from Anderson and pulling off a cheeky back-heel that saw Anderson net.

United 2 Spurs 0 (Anderson - 75 minutes)

Spurs responded well with Defoe hitting the bar with De Gea offering futile resistance. With eight minutes of normal time left, Sir Alex introduced Giggs, Hernandez and Park, taking off Welbeck, Young and Cleverley.

United could have scored a third but Rooney saw his effort fly over the bar from a Nani cross. The third goal did come though via Rooney. The goal coming after Giggs supplied the perfect cross for Rooney to head home.

United 3 Spurs 0 (Rooney - 87 minutes)

The game ended with De Gea claiming an effort from Huddlestone that prompted a stand-off between several players afer Defoe swung a boot at what he believed to be a loose ball.

Al in all, a good night for Manchester United and a night that sets us up nicely for the visit of Arsenal this weekend.



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The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 22 2011

Time: 9:53PM

Your Comments

Loved Nevs comment - was Roos new hair that scored it!
niteworlok
Loved Nevs comment - was Roos new hair that scored it!
niteworlok
so i wonder what this spuffs have to say after the game, maybe that their overrated squad if full of quality? hope so , keep living in denial while we kick your as.s.e.s every time you step in old trafford :P............i think harry needs to stop paying all those big wages to all those crappy players and buy something worth and not names, which names? lol
RedDevilKile
Great game of footy and for a majority of the game we played 'em off the park whilst they had a couple of spells where they put us under pressure, couldn't sustain the pressure for too long though. Welbeck was fantastic and his presence was felt with the Spurs defence not too sure how to handle him. Tottenham were lucky to leave only 3 goals down and if it weren't for Friedel and his amazing saves we could've been looking at a cricket score. The defence was solid as was De Gea par one misjudged cross but it's just an experience he will learn from and he can go into the next game with the confidence of a clean sheet behind him. MOTM was Welbeck for me.
TheFamousNo7
Great game of footy and for a majority of the game we played 'em off the park whilst they had a couple of spells where they put us under pressure, couldn't sustain the pressure for too long though. Welbeck was fantastic and his presence was felt with the Spurs defence not too sure how to handle him. Tottenham were lucky to leave only 3 goals down and if it weren't for Friedel and his amazing saves we could've been looking at a cricket score. The defence was solid as was De Gea par one misjudged cross but it's just an experience he will learn from and he can go into the next game with the confidence of a clean sheet behind him. MOTM was Welbeck for me.
TheFamousNo7
so i wonder what this spuffs have to say after the game, maybe that their overrated squad if full of quality? hope so , keep living in denial while we kick your as.s.e.s every time you step in old trafford :P............i think harry needs to stop paying all those big wages to all those crappy players and buy something worth and not names, which names? lol
RedDevilKile
You had nothing to beat...we were useless, as usual. Championship for us next season.
Harry-Kari
You had nothing to beat...we were useless, as usual. Championship for us next season.
Harry-Kari
Speaking of the MOTM pole, congrats to the comedians who voted Park. I only wish I was sad enough to spam polls with silly votes. In future Red Boy can we narrow the poll down to realistic contenders rather than players who we know were never MOTM.
TheFamousNo7
Speaking of the MOTM pole, congrats to the comedians who voted Park. I only wish I was sad enough to spam polls with silly votes. In future Red Boy can we narrow the poll down to realistic contenders rather than players who we know were never MOTM.
TheFamousNo7
you showed us where we fall down tonight. no commitment when we go a goal down.
oldtimeyid
you showed us where we fall down tonight. no commitment when we go a goal down.
oldtimeyid
Fair play you upped it in the 2nd half and we had no answer, that what championship sides can do. Showed us the difference if we didn't already know it. You chased every ball even when 2-0 up and that's what makes good teams. We need to break the bank and get Diarra in! Good luck for the season, see you at the lane.
North Upper
Fair play you upped it in the 2nd half and we had no answer, that what championship sides can do. Showed us the difference if we didn't already know it. You chased every ball even when 2-0 up and that's what makes good teams. We need to break the bank and get Diarra in! Good luck for the season, see you at the lane.
North Upper
ominous start by you lot then!
merlin
ominous start by you lot then!
merlin
In the balance until U*d scored, nothing really between the sides and then Spurs once they went a goal down did their typical roll over and play dead at the Swamp.
Bluedub
In the balance until U*d scored, nothing really between the sides and then Spurs once they went a goal down did their typical roll over and play dead at the Swamp.
Bluedub
I really thought it was going to be Cit£hs title this year as we (Chelsea) don't look strong enough yet to challenge, but last night gave me some hope that you boys can keep your crown (although I'm always hopeful that we can muster something!). I'd call that 2nd half performance a schooling! Top class gents......
Bizarre_Blue
I really thought it was going to be Cit£hs title this year as we (Chelsea) don't look strong enough yet to challenge, but last night gave me some hope that you boys can keep your crown (although I'm always hopeful that we can muster something!). I'd call that 2nd half performance a schooling! Top class gents......
Bizarre_Blue
Bizarre_Blue, I agree with you, second half was a schooling. However dont rule you club out yet, you have bought well sofar, I am sure Mata and Lukaku will se the P&L on fire, you have just had a slow start, however you will be there competing for the crown.
nordkap
Bizarre_Blue, I agree with you, second half was a schooling. However dont rule you club out yet, you have bought well sofar, I am sure Mata and Lukaku will se the P&L on fire, you have just had a slow start, however you will be there competing for the crown.
nordkap
OM fu.king G , are you gonna make out now?....... this sportmanship sickens me, show your true colors you *****s, no need to be kissing a.s.s , 1 thing is to be polite we are in a ****ing man utd forum, why the **** should we respect or ever talk kindly to any ****ing rival! , whats wrong with you people
RedDevilKile
OM fu.king G , are you gonna make out now?....... this sportmanship sickens me, show your true colors you *****s, no need to be kissing a.s.s , 1 thing is to be polite we are in a ****ing man utd forum, why the **** should we respect or ever talk kindly to any ****ing rival! , whats wrong with you people
RedDevilKile
I've got to agree with nordkap Bizarre_Blue, there's no way we're ruling you out so there's no reason why you should do so yourself. You've got a great squad and it's still early days, there's no doubt in my mind you will be pushing us all the way.
TheFamousNo7
I've got to agree with nordkap Bizarre_Blue, there's no way we're ruling you out so there's no reason why you should do so yourself. You've got a great squad and it's still early days, there's no doubt in my mind you will be pushing us all the way.
TheFamousNo7
Chelsea - a slow start? Don't think so, they didn't set the world alight but they got 4 points from 2 games, a point at the Brittania is a decent result in anyone's book and they were robbed on a couple of decisions. U*d have played well for all of half an hour in both their games so don't be getting carried away. Bizarre is a very apt name considering that comment.
Bluedub
Chelsea - a slow start? Don't think so, they didn't set the world alight but they got 4 points from 2 games, a point at the Brittania is a decent result in anyone's book and they were robbed on a couple of decisions. U*d have played well for all of half an hour in both their games so don't be getting carried away. Bizarre is a very apt name considering that comment.
Bluedub
Manure will not be as consistent as they were in previous years. we will kick them down. We got young guns like mata, lukaku, josh, sturridge and romeu who are way better than young, welback, chicarito and cleverly. so enjoy these few moments when you in top2. hehehehe. @RedDevilKile, are you expecting this kind of response?
vinay
Manure will not be as consistent as they were in previous years. we will kick them down. We got young guns like mata, lukaku, josh, sturridge and romeu who are way better than young, welback, chicarito and cleverly. so enjoy these few moments when you in top2. hehehehe. @RedDevilKile, are you expecting this kind of response?
vinay
Vinay - cant see Chelski doing owt decent this year - sell Torres for 10 mill and even that would be too much for him - Sturridge is good - but not the greatest unlike Chica, and Lukaku will take time to adapt to our game...... Our team apart from De Gea are all proven in EPL
niteworlok
Vinay - cant see Chelski doing owt decent this year - sell Torres for 10 mill and even that would be too much for him - Sturridge is good - but not the greatest unlike Chica, and Lukaku will take time to adapt to our game...... Our team apart from De Gea are all proven in EPL
niteworlok
Who would even argue players unproven in the Premier League and who haven't even played for their club are better than those who are proven in the Premier League, have played for their club, have looked nothing short of amazing since playing for their club and were far cheaper, are better? There's really no argument here between who's better out of Welbeck, Cleverley, Young, Hernandez and Sturridge, McEachran, Mata, Lukaku and Romeu.
TheFamousNo7
Who would even argue players unproven in the Premier League and who haven't even played for their club are better than those who are proven in the Premier League, have played for their club, have looked nothing short of amazing since playing for their club and were far cheaper, are better? There's really no argument here between who's better out of Welbeck, Cleverley, Young, Hernandez and Sturridge, McEachran, Mata, Lukaku and Romeu.
TheFamousNo7
Amazing? Carried away much?
Bluedub
Amazing? Carried away much?
Bluedub
Bluedub, thats exactly what I mean, you didnt impress in the first 2 games, hence the slow start. You still managed 4 points, which is good considering. United outclassed Tottenham in the second half, and the first game against WB we should have had 4, so your comment about half an hour fits you Bizarre description perfectly.
nordkap
Bluedub, thats exactly what I mean, you didnt impress in the first 2 games, hence the slow start. You still managed 4 points, which is good considering. United outclassed Tottenham in the second half, and the first game against WB we should have had 4, so your comment about half an hour fits you Bizarre description perfectly.
nordkap
Carried away? No. Fitting and deserved? Yes.
TheFamousNo7
Carried away? No. Fitting and deserved? Yes.
TheFamousNo7
Que? I'm a City fan Nordkap. U*d did outclass Spurs in the last half hour after Spurs heads dropped after conceding a terrible goal from a defensive point of view. For the first hour it was anyone's game and in fact it was Spurs that were unlucky not to have gone in at ht with a lead. Against West Brom U*d had one shot on target, they weren't terribly convincing despite what you may believe. It's too early in the day to be making predictions regardless.
Bluedub
Que? I'm a City fan Nordkap. U*d did outclass Spurs in the last half hour after Spurs heads dropped after conceding a terrible goal from a defensive point of view. For the first hour it was anyone's game and in fact it was Spurs that were unlucky not to have gone in at ht with a lead. Against West Brom U*d had one shot on target, they weren't terribly convincing despite what you may believe. It's too early in the day to be making predictions regardless.
Bluedub
Really TF7? At a stretch I'd give you Chicarito based on his debut season but the rest although they've played well so far have not even been close to amazing.
Bluedub
Really TF7? At a stretch I'd give you Chicarito based on his debut season but the rest although they've played well so far have not even been close to amazing.
Bluedub
Well that's your opinion then Bluedub but as far am I'm concerned the start our players have made has been amazing.
TheFamousNo7
Well that's your opinion then Bluedub but as far am I'm concerned the start our players have made has been amazing.
TheFamousNo7
Chica last year took the EPL by storm, and I reckon there are greater things to come this year - Welbeck has come back stronger and fitter, and less wasteful - Cleverely - I think its maybe a season too soon for him, but he certainly has the potential - like I said Sturrudge is a damn fine player - but the others - wheres their experience in the EPL from?
What youth players do you guys have coming through then?
niteworlok
Chica last year took the EPL by storm, and I reckon there are greater things to come this year - Welbeck has come back stronger and fitter, and less wasteful - Cleverely - I think its maybe a season too soon for him, but he certainly has the potential - like I said Sturrudge is a damn fine player - but the others - wheres their experience in the EPL from?
What youth players do you guys have coming through then?
niteworlok
 

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