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Three Back As Wind Of Change Blows

Sir Alex Ferguson believes there's a wind of change at Spurs - hopefully it will not blow United away.

United produced a great first-half on Wednesday against Portsmouth, capped by two brilliant goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. A much sterner test awaits tomorrow as we head to White Hart Lane. Yet defeat is not an option, according to Fergie.

'I have to look at where the dangers are going to come from and I have to say to myself 'Will they go through the season undefeated?',' he said on Sky Sports News.

'Chelsea have done that in the past and so have Arsenal. So I'm taking nothing for granted. We may have to. It's getting really tight now.

'Chelsea have five players back from the Africa Cup of Nations after the 10th. Arsenal have the two Ivory Coast lads back as well, although they are looking favourites for the tournament.

'I'm hoping for an Ivory Coast and Ghana final. Avram Grant and Arsene Wenger know which final I'm hoping for. I'm even hoping there's going to be a replay.'

There was no need for a replay for United to see of Tottenham in the FA Cup but they demonstrated that they are a dangerous team - and as their home form is immeasurably better than that of their travels, we must be wary.

'We saw last Sunday there is a wind of change at Tottenham. The goals are normally reserved for White Hart Lane so goodness know what's going to happen tomorrow.

'If it's as open as that hopefully we can get the result we want. I'm expecting a very, very tough game, but an open game.'

As Arsenal travel to Manchester City, a side who always roll over and die when they face the gooners, we must win, no question. The initiative must not be handed back to Arsenal.

Unsurprisingly, it looks certain that Fergie will opt for his strongest line-up. Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez and Ryan Giggs were all absent from the starting line-up on Wednesday night but they will surely be recalled.

The one question is whether Scholes will keep his place. The redheaded maestro was magnificent against Pompey but it is not certain that he is the best choice for a quick, high-tempo game.

Fergie might decide that the energy, enthusiasm and most importantly, pace of Anderson might serve us better. And Scholes can still change games coming off the bench.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 1 2008

Time: 5:35PM

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Should be a close game but I don't agree that Hargreaves makes you stronger. He's just a rich man's Robbie Savage...
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01/02/2008 17:47:00

this might sound diased, but carrick is better than hargreaves. better passer and breaks more plays down. im hoping for hargreaves and scholes. scholes isn't 100% yet and is still a dangerous player but maybe a bit off the pace for tomorrows game
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01/02/2008 19:31:00

id try scholes and anderson, have hergreaves in support in case we need a more "defensive" approach
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01/02/2008 20:04:00

Spud mashing.
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01/02/2008 22:24:00

Let's face Man U are a tough proposition for anyone but with our new look defence likely to feature and the advantage of playing at home, I think we have a chance to win. Never mind, at least one Manchest team will win today. lol. ;) As for your midfield I'm hoping you give Richard Jones and Sean Evans a go. ;)

In all truth I thought hargreaves had a good game the other day against us, him alongside Scholes is a strong partnership. Gonna be a hard day for us.
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02/02/2008 12:56:00

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02/02/2008 12:58:00

your new defence will be hard to break down in the future but today the first time they play together is gonna be a hard lesson for them.
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02/02/2008 15:10:00

rooneyisgod, ok it's only half time, but how do you like them so far? ;)
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02/02/2008 16:04:00

92nd minute equalizer. I don't believe it. Not Again!!!
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02/02/2008 16:59:00

get in there!!we are top of the league!!feels good to be back
the arsenal
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02/02/2008 17:08:00

Lucky buggers, goal given to Tevez, was given as an OG by Dawson. Sounds like you deserved the point?
will it ever happen
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02/02/2008 17:11:00

Putting it nicely after you absolutly robbed us today. I REALLY DON'T LIKE YOU!!
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02/02/2008 18:08:00

well i guess 1-1 is better then a 5-1 loss as a certian team suffered
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02/02/2008 21:40:00

u wernt robbed!!...your goal was handball, we had more chances so i think a draw was fair
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02/02/2008 21:45:00

i'll take a 5-1 loss away at white hart lane then 3-0 to coventry city??? at home.
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02/02/2008 22:13:00

fenton - Jenas was looking at the ref expecting a penalty to be given not looking to knock the ball on intentionally. You wanna talk about handball what about Evra? Enough cherry picking yea?
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02/02/2008 23:48:00

And I'm sorry equalising in the dying seconds through some freak Dawson/Tevez hybrid goal can never be used to conclude that a draw was fair. If Fergie can admit it then that says it all.
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02/02/2008 23:50:00

How can you say our goal was handball? Didn't you see it? Jenas was looking completely the other way. By the way, what about Evra's blatant handball in the box?
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03/02/2008 14:38:00

Also you say you had more chances but none of them, including the one you scored from, was clear cut. Robbie Keane missed a sitter when one on one with the keeper. At the end of the day we didn't win, which is all the really matters, but to say you deserved a draw is a bit rich.
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03/02/2008 14:41:00

im prtty sure it was 2-0 mcgooner u stupid idiot
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03/02/2008 15:44:00

wow.. ur proud u just let in 2 against coventry city?.. well done
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03/02/2008 18:59:00

as proud as getting smacked 5-1 by spurs i guess
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03/02/2008 19:44:00

Lucky yesterday! More 1 point earned than 2 dropped!
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03/02/2008 20:29:00

It was handball, draw was a fair result though. Not a bad one for us in the end, Ramos is clearly better than any of the last four decades' Spurs managers.
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04/02/2008 01:23:00


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