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United 2 Spurs 3

A bitter pill to swallow?

No not the defeat but perhaps the realisation that despite our status and our recent purchases there is something fundamentally wrong with our title challenge.

Yesterday, Andre Villas-Boas brought his Spurs side to Old Trafford, on the back of three wins, and unveiled some dramatic flaws in our team.

As early as the 2nd minute Spurs went ahead when the advancing Vertonghen put the visitors ahead. Matters then went from bad to worse when a burst of pace, from Bale, opened up our defence and it was a great finish to a great run that saw Spurs double their lead.

Going in 2-0 down at the break, there`s no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson read his side the riot act and the now infamous hairdryer would have bee on full power.

But if we were looking for a way back into the game, it was to briefly come when Nani scored six minutes into the second half, but Spurs were like a dog with a bone and were not prepared to surrender that two goal advantage with Clint Dempsey getting his first goal in a Fulham shirt since leaving Fulham, a minute later.

Two goals in two minutes were soon to be three in three minutes when United grabbed a goal back through Kagawa but although there was a good half hour to go you just had this inevitable feeling, despite Sir Alex ranting after the game that the referee diddled us when it came to stoppage time, that it was going to be Spurs day and not ours!

Worried? I am!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 30 2012

Time: 11:51AM

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good to see you havnt been biased in your comments, fair play to you.
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30/09/2012 12:10:00

No article about Fergie's rant Red Boy? I'm disappointed.
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30/09/2012 13:10:00

Why wrote and article about it it was just ridiculous bluedub and not worth commenting on. Similar to VMC and Mancini's rant about Lambert on the touch line which turned into a dig at Fergie.
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30/09/2012 13:47:00

It's just that Red Boy usually dedicates an article to Fergie's 'words of wisdom' TF7. I was wondering why there was none this time, that's all.
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30/09/2012 13:58:00

did you not play valencia......dudes he is your best winger....and p[laying rooney and carrick in midfield will be a good option
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30/09/2012 14:03:00

Valencia is currently injured adwait. TBH, I thought the first half was quite possibly the worst performance I've seen from united (with the possible exception of last season's match at the Etihad), and you could have been more than two goals down at HT. Sadly, Spurs reverted to the cowardice that so many teams show at Old Trafford and sat back for the last half-hour thus allowing you free run at their goal. A risky strategy that would have backfired on them had RVP not missed his sitter and Friedel not been in such inspired form. However, Spurs got lucky that their 3 deserved goals settled things in their favour, and they have shown the rest of the league that united are there for the taking. To be honest, you have not been playing well at all for the last 3-4 seasons, and the fact is, having so many players in their 30's will almost certainly cost you the title and the Champions League. Dread to think what will happen if RVP gets injured. OK, I made that last bit up! ;P
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30/09/2012 15:07:00

Fifthclounm is spot on Spurs nearly caused their own down fall. If they had continued to go at united like they did from the off United would have been proper embarrassed. They froze and stopped playing allowing united back into the game, but Bale, Lennon Vertonghen and Dembele had them on toast and could of got four or five but for lack of belief. That United side needs a rebuild and quick and at 26m RVP is a mistake. You need to be looking at the youth and pace of Lewendowski, Hamsik, Damiao. Hell Veronghen and Caulker look better than anything you have.
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30/09/2012 16:51:00

Sorry to say your right on the performance fifth absolutely pathetic in the first half. Midfield needs looking at badly spurs just bypassed it. Defensively we're very shaky injuries may cost us dearly and the situation doesn't look like it's going to resolved any time soon. Need to show up and play from the off not when we're 2 down
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30/09/2012 18:52:00

Fcb makes a very valid point in fairness. My personal main concern is the fact that the team don't seem motivated and determined to play like champions from the off which sees us go down a few goals before we get the kick up the arse we need and really start playing to the best of our ability. It infuriates me that they do it every game and really *****es me off when Fergie came out at the end of the game and sang praises for the teams attitude during the second half and getting back into the game, if their attitude was that great we wouldn't of found ourselves 2-0 down in the first place. It seems as though some of the squad feel like they've just got to turn up to the game and we'll win. Some progress has been made this season though, we finally have back-up for LB position, we've got that creative midfielder we craved for in Kagawa and whilst it wasn't what we needed we've got a world class, arguably the worlds best, striker in van persie. Fergie really does need to address some things still though. We need some steel in the midfield, fletcher's fine when he's fit but he does need competition and back-up. We need another Scholesy-like deep lying playmaker, Powell might have to potential to be as good as Scholes but he's only 18 and some way off being that good yet. The defence is a shambles and according to Fergie it's due to there being no stability due to players being injured. You'd think 5 CB's (arugably 3 if you Consider both jones and smalling are really ever played there but rather as a CDM/RB) would be enough but for 3 years its proved to be anything but. We really do need to consider strengthening the position. The foundations for a great team in the future is there with some potential world beating youngsters however the here and now needs some surgery. The team will certainly maintain a title challenge and possibly win it, however whether we'd be convincing or even deserving champions I don't know. Oh we'll it's early days and par last season we never normally start well and it's not normally about who starts strongest but who finishes strongest.
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30/09/2012 18:53:00

"it's not normally about who starts strongest but who finishes strongest." Couldn't agree more! ;)
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