Writer: Red Boy
Date:Saturday January 15 2011
White Hart Lane
United travel to London this weekend, to take on a Tottenham Hotspur side, managed by Harry Redknapp that have title aspirations of their own. With United arriving at White Hart Lane unbeaten in the Premier League this season, many pundits are suggesting that this could be the game in which we trip up, hopefully they`ll all be mistaken as the red juggernaut rolls on towards reclaiming what we believe to be rightfully our - the Premier League title.
Today, if Harry Redknapp is correct; could be a seminal moment in the 2010/2011 season.
Harry is quite insistent that if Spurs lose today then it will herald a United title triumph when he remarked to the red-top tabloids,
"It`s a game we need to win to close the gap on them. If they beat us they`ve run away with it really. You`re not going to claw back that lead."
"I think all of those at the top will be hoping we can pull off the result, close the gap and keep everyone involved."
We certainly don`t, we`d love to romp away with it in some style this old Premier League we`re so fond of.
Spurs have numerous injury concerns ahead of the game. Definitely missing from the starting eleven will be Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King, Jamie O`Hara and Jonathan Woodgate.
But, Spurs expect to welcome back Gareth Bale after the current man-of-the-moment missed a few days training with a back problem. Another to return will be Younes Kaboul who returns from suspension.
Lightning quick and able to take sides apart with his pace and skill on the left flank.
Sir Alex Ferguson takes his squad to White Hart Lane without the injured Valencia, Hargreaves and O`Shea whilst Park is still absent through international commitments.
Likely to come back into the starting eleven though are Rooney and Vidic who both sat out the victory over Liverpool last weekend.
Edwin van der Sar could make a comeback after having overcome a bout of flu.
Who else? Especially on his 600th Premier League appearance, an incredible achievement!
United have a good record over Spurs with the Londoners having not beaten us in the last 23 meetings with May 2001 being the last time they beat us.
In Premier League matches, Spurs have just three wins out of thirty-seven to their name.
Mike Dean will be the man in the middle!
Spurs are an attractive team and when they play on the counter-attack are a threat to anybody I have this premonition that Sunday could see a high-scoring encounter and that the punters, watching on Sky Sports TV, are in for a treat. But I`m confident that United will prevail by the odd goal in five.
Next up, in the Premier League, is a home clash with Birmingham City.
Date:Saturday January 15 2011
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