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Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Old Trafford

22/08/11

20:00

On Sky

United v Spurs Preview!

And so Old Trafford will witness it`s first Premier League home game of the 2011/2012 season, with Tottenham Hotspur providing the opposition. Harry Redknapp`s side will be playing their first fixture in the Premier League after their season opener was postponed due to the civil unrest in North London.

Vital Quotes:

The times have changed at Old Trafford, some of the old-guard have gone and Sir Alex has a new breed of hungry player to steer in the right direction.

With injuries having further depleted his squad, Sir Alex isn`t fazed about having to relay on the youngsters and in the build up to the game has commented on the subject,

"The young players have the ability and the temperament."

"It`s not a worry at all. I`m looking forward to it."

"The team on Monday will obviously be a very young defensive line-up. The responsibility will lie with Jones, Evans, Smalling and De Gea."

"They don`t have the experience of Ferdinand, Vidic and Van Der Sar, but they have the potential and the courage to play."


With Spurs renowned for giving it a go, it promises ot be an interesting an encounter.

Manchester United Team News:

Manchester United enter this fixture with a few injury concerns. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, our first choice centre-backs, are both out. Patrice Evra, who missed the season opener, is also a doubt. Perhaps, with the defence looking a bit raw, the emphasis, as usual, will be placed on attack.Although that too is likely to be missing Javier Hernandez

We`ll go for a starting eleven of:-

De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Rafael, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Berbatov

Player to watch: Phil Jones

Likely to make his first Premier League start for United, cam eon as a substitute against West Brom and looks as if he`ll be wearing the red of United for many a year to come.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

These are interesting times at White Hart Lane. No Champions League football this season, only Thursday nights on Channel 5, and no real in-roads into the transfer market. In fact much of the summer transfer speculation has surrounded the possibility of Harry losing one of his key player - Luka Modric, to Chelsea.

But, we should point out that Spurs have an array of talent at their disposal and can cause any teams problems. In goal, they`ll be relying on a youngster they`ve just recruited - Brad Freidel. He may need to have a good game!

Player to watch: Gareth Bale

Apart from Modric and Van Der Vaart, the only really decent player in the squad. It`ll be interesting to see if he can use his pace and speed against our young side.

Match Facts & Stats

United, this season, will be looking to replicate the superb home form of last season whereby they won 18 and drew 1 of their 19 fixtures.

United enter this fixture on the back of a 2-1 away win at The Hawthorns on the opening day of the season. As pointed out earlier, courtesy of the inner-city riots, Spurs have yet to start their Premier League season. But they can point to a decent 5-0 victory, at Tynecastle, in the Europa League in midweek.

Match Prediction:

This will be a home win for me. Spurs will huff and puff but United will gain the upper hand and register a second successive win, thereby joining our noisy-neighbours and Wolves (?) at the summit of the Premier League.

Next Fixtures:

Next weekend we get the chance to inflict more misery on Arsene Wenger when, after a difficult start to the season the Frenchman brings his side to Old Trafford.




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The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 21 2011

Time: 7:00PM

Your Comments

vdv, modric and bale our only decent players! get back in your cot you foolish baby.
oldtimeyid
vdv, modric and bale our only decent players! get back in your cot you foolish baby.
oldtimeyid
WTF? Bale, van der Vaart and Modric only decent players in our squad? Yes, they're our best players, but not our only decent players. Hope you don't cheat tomorrow like you always do - your fans are not the 12th man, the ref and his officials are. Lucky, cheating t*ats. Good luck tho. COYS!
COYS_TSB
WTF? Bale, van der Vaart and Modric only decent players in our squad? Yes, they're our best players, but not our only decent players. Hope you don't cheat tomorrow like you always do - your fans are not the 12th man, the ref and his officials are. Lucky, cheating t*ats. Good luck tho. COYS!
COYS_TSB
Old Trafford is a fackin library too. Plastic fans and a plastic club too. Cold, hard, shiny plastic.
COYS_TSB
Old Trafford is a fackin library too. Plastic fans and a plastic club too. Cold, hard, shiny plastic.
COYS_TSB
I hope the Man Utd players think we only have 3 decent players, because if they do they'll be in for a tough night.
magicmonkeyjuice
I hope the Man Utd players think we only have 3 decent players, because if they do they'll be in for a tough night.
magicmonkeyjuice
phuck you red 5hitboy. Match prediction: spurs will huff and puff but united will once again thank the ref from the bottom of their heart as he single handedly makes the most absurd decisions that hand the 3 points to fergies kids. red bitchhhhes
neymar
phuck you red 5hitboy. Match prediction: spurs will huff and puff but united will once again thank the ref from the bottom of their heart as he single handedly makes the most absurd decisions that hand the 3 points to fergies kids. red bitchhhhes
neymar
i think I hate these phuckers more than gooners
neymar
i think I hate these phuckers more than gooners
neymar
Nice one, get your excuses in nice and early Spuds. Red Boy, perhaps the best wind-up on the whole of VF gets more bites, keep it up ;) Since Arsenal lost Fab Tottenham have got perhaps the best Center 3 in the Premier League with Huddlestone, Modric and Van Der Vaart. They also possess great width in Bale and an inconsistent, no end product Lennon but lack the killer instinct in the final third and the concentration at the back, which always seems to cost them. To be honest, it's there best chance to snatch 3 points in years; our start of season form is poor whilst we're also trying to bed in a Young, De Gea and Jones as well as new first teamers like Anderson, Welbeck and Cleverley, add to that the fact that we're missing first teamers in Vidic, Ferdinand, Hernandez, Fletcher and Valencia Tottenham must surely be thinking they can win. No doubt though the fantastic youngsters like Jones, Smalling, Fabio, Evans, Cleverley and Welbeck will step up to the mark and possibly play them off the park, like we did against both Westbrom and City. We've looked better without Carrick, Ferdinand and Vidic than with them, with a secondary squad getting the victory against City and Brom. Lennon always causes Evra problems so perhaps we should opt for Fabio at LB, even moreso considering Evra has only just got back from injury. Play Smalling RB, he's solid anywhere on the field and like Pedro before him, he could quite possibly dominate Bale also. I expect to see a starting XI of De Gea, Fabio, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Wellbeck though I'd prefer it if it were: De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Cleverley/Carrick, Cleverley/Anderson, Young, Rooney, Welbeck.
TheFamousNo7
Nice one, get your excuses in nice and early Spuds. Red Boy, perhaps the best wind-up on the whole of VF gets more bites, keep it up ;) Since Arsenal lost Fab Tottenham have got perhaps the best Center 3 in the Premier League with Huddlestone, Modric and Van Der Vaart. They also possess great width in Bale and an inconsistent, no end product Lennon but lack the killer instinct in the final third and the concentration at the back, which always seems to cost them. To be honest, it's there best chance to snatch 3 points in years; our start of season form is poor whilst we're also trying to bed in a Young, De Gea and Jones as well as new first teamers like Anderson, Welbeck and Cleverley, add to that the fact that we're missing first teamers in Vidic, Ferdinand, Hernandez, Fletcher and Valencia Tottenham must surely be thinking they can win. No doubt though the fantastic youngsters like Jones, Smalling, Fabio, Evans, Cleverley and Welbeck will step up to the mark and possibly play them off the park, like we did against both Westbrom and City. We've looked better without Carrick, Ferdinand and Vidic than with them, with a secondary squad getting the victory against City and Brom. Lennon always causes Evra problems so perhaps we should opt for Fabio at LB, even moreso considering Evra has only just got back from injury. Play Smalling RB, he's solid anywhere on the field and like Pedro before him, he could quite possibly dominate Bale also. I expect to see a starting XI of De Gea, Fabio, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Wellbeck though I'd prefer it if it were: De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Cleverley/Carrick, Cleverley/Anderson, Young, Rooney, Welbeck.
TheFamousNo7
your gonna get spanked but the ref will save you as always.
oldtimeyid
your gonna get spanked but the ref will save you as always.
oldtimeyid
TheFamous you forgot to name your ref!!! Clattenburg or Webb?? either one all do good for ya again
Andoverspurs
TheFamous you forgot to name your ref!!! Clattenburg or Webb?? either one all do good for ya again
Andoverspurs
so funny to see all this spuffs clowns getting hurt by the article, seems that between their fans they have a lot of future tellers , well beat the sh.it out of spuffs fairly you sad clowns....................and cleverly should be in , berba out , of the club also :P ,i take welbeck or macheda before berba , maybe if we are 3 or 4 goals ahead we could bring berba in to " entertain"
RedDevilKile
so funny to see all this spuffs clowns getting hurt by the article, seems that between their fans they have a lot of future tellers , well beat the sh.it out of spuffs fairly you sad clowns....................and cleverly should be in , berba out , of the club also :P ,i take welbeck or macheda before berba , maybe if we are 3 or 4 goals ahead we could bring berba in to " entertain"
RedDevilKile
Not hurt by the article just would be nice to see a decent, well written balanced report. To say only 3 decent players in not really stating the facts, now to say a decent squad but don't deliver is a fair point but this is just poor reporting to revoke a response. What really annoys me is it takes away from what has been one of the best / underrated fixtures in the calendar over recent years with plenty of football and a bit of controversy which is what the game is all about. So stay away from the sniping and focus on the game. May the best team win for a change (only joking)!
North Upper
Not hurt by the article just would be nice to see a decent, well written balanced report. To say only 3 decent players in not really stating the facts, now to say a decent squad but don't deliver is a fair point but this is just poor reporting to revoke a response. What really annoys me is it takes away from what has been one of the best / underrated fixtures in the calendar over recent years with plenty of football and a bit of controversy which is what the game is all about. So stay away from the sniping and focus on the game. May the best team win for a change (only joking)!
North Upper
Spurs will win the game... We are borrowing the Modric for this last time...
bluemillionaire
Spurs will win the game... We are borrowing the Modric for this last time...
bluemillionaire
"But, we should point out that Spurs have an array of talent at their disposal and can cause any teams problems"
"Apart from Modric and Van Der Vaart, the only really decent player in the squad. It`ll be interesting to see if he can use his pace and speed against our young side."

Fantastic consistent writing.
Weakest Utd side (due to injuries) I have seen in the 22 unbeaten years at old trafford. Therefore, I would be a concerned utd fan. If I supported the glory holes. Hows the debt treating ya's?
spursftw
"But, we should point out that Spurs have an array of talent at their disposal and can cause any teams problems"
"Apart from Modric and Van Der Vaart, the only really decent player in the squad. It`ll be interesting to see if he can use his pace and speed against our young side."

Fantastic consistent writing.
Weakest Utd side (due to injuries) I have seen in the 22 unbeaten years at old trafford. Therefore, I would be a concerned utd fan. If I supported the glory holes. Hows the debt treating ya's?
spursftw
The debt? Pretty much whiped out and hasn't prevented us spending 50 mil this summer, thanks for asking. Hows Modric? Weak side? Not as strong as the other sides but still incredibly strong, stronger than the Spuds squad anyway and more than enough to turn 'em over.
TheFamousNo7
The debt? Pretty much whiped out and hasn't prevented us spending 50 mil this summer, thanks for asking. Hows Modric? Weak side? Not as strong as the other sides but still incredibly strong, stronger than the Spuds squad anyway and more than enough to turn 'em over.
TheFamousNo7
LOL almost 900 million debt wiped clean? Yeh right. But surely you'd know better than I would. Considering you're a die hard utd fan and all. Why would you ask how Modric is? Cant read a newspaper? And read what I said again, this is the weakest Utd side (due to injuries) in 22 years. Which you would be incredibly silly to believe that this utd squad ready to face spurs tonight is better than any other squad utd have had available since 1989. We've come close to beaten utd on a few occasions, some more obvious than others. 22 years flatters utd. That duck should have been ended long ago. Unfortunately with the way referees are, one can only expect another dodgy display from the men in black and another dodgy win from the women in red.
spursftw
LOL almost 900 million debt wiped clean? Yeh right. But surely you'd know better than I would. Considering you're a die hard utd fan and all. Why would you ask how Modric is? Cant read a newspaper? And read what I said again, this is the weakest Utd side (due to injuries) in 22 years. Which you would be incredibly silly to believe that this utd squad ready to face spurs tonight is better than any other squad utd have had available since 1989. We've come close to beaten utd on a few occasions, some more obvious than others. 22 years flatters utd. That duck should have been ended long ago. Unfortunately with the way referees are, one can only expect another dodgy display from the men in black and another dodgy win from the women in red.
spursftw
wiped*
TheFamousNo7
wiped*
TheFamousNo7
And don't get me wrong, this utd side is still excellent and very much a team to add to the titles. It's just obvious to see that the squad available tonight is very weak. Only thing that remains to be seen if its so weak that spurs can get a result. The modric saga is taking away from the thought of a very entertaining match.
spursftw
And don't get me wrong, this utd side is still excellent and very much a team to add to the titles. It's just obvious to see that the squad available tonight is very weak. Only thing that remains to be seen if its so weak that spurs can get a result. The modric saga is taking away from the thought of a very entertaining match.
spursftw
900 mil?! Do you make it up as you go along? It was 716 mil but 220 mil was paid off when the glazers paid off the PIK loans. Reports say the Glazers are going to sell 25% of their stake which is valued at 500 mil in the Singapore market meaning the rest is pretty much done also. Also, there's the case of DHL sponsoring our training kit in a deal worth 40 mil until the deal ends. "Why would you ask how Modric is? Cant read a newspaper?" - I don't read nor believe the 5hit the newspapers but seeing as you clearly do, why would you ask how are debts are treating us? It's all in the newspaper afterall. The point about our squad strength took into consideration you're injuries comment and the point remains that our squad is still strong enough to beat ya.
TheFamousNo7
900 mil?! Do you make it up as you go along? It was 716 mil but 220 mil was paid off when the glazers paid off the PIK loans. Reports say the Glazers are going to sell 25% of their stake which is valued at 500 mil in the Singapore market meaning the rest is pretty much done also. Also, there's the case of DHL sponsoring our training kit in a deal worth 40 mil until the deal ends. "Why would you ask how Modric is? Cant read a newspaper?" - I don't read nor believe the 5hit the newspapers but seeing as you clearly do, why would you ask how are debts are treating us? It's all in the newspaper afterall. The point about our squad strength took into consideration you're injuries comment and the point remains that our squad is still strong enough to beat ya.
TheFamousNo7
Looking forward to it, Tottenham aren't Modric and you're right, it's taking away from the spectacle United v Tottenham matches tend to be. Great squad, great mentality and one of few teams who will actually attack us, i'm rooting you to get 4th.
TheFamousNo7
Looking forward to it, Tottenham aren't Modric and you're right, it's taking away from the spectacle United v Tottenham matches tend to be. Great squad, great mentality and one of few teams who will actually attack us, i'm rooting you to get 4th.
TheFamousNo7
beat me yes, but not spurs. As I said, if the ref is didgy you'll win like usual, but a fair ref, I find a utd win to be a slight bit far fetched with the current squad. I like how you are so exact with your figures 716, 220, 25%, 500million, 40 million. You sure you're not just making it up? Or that you do infact, read tabloids. Because I find it rather odd that you would somehow know all of these exact informative facts without somehow reading the fabricated factual information presented on tabloids.
spursftw
beat me yes, but not spurs. As I said, if the ref is didgy you'll win like usual, but a fair ref, I find a utd win to be a slight bit far fetched with the current squad. I like how you are so exact with your figures 716, 220, 25%, 500million, 40 million. You sure you're not just making it up? Or that you do infact, read tabloids. Because I find it rather odd that you would somehow know all of these exact informative facts without somehow reading the fabricated factual information presented on tabloids.
spursftw
didgy :D dodgy :O
spursftw
didgy :D dodgy :O
spursftw
Skysports published articles on the PIK loans, Share selling and Sponsorship whilst Wikipedia has got a segment of our ownership uner the Glazers.
TheFamousNo7
Skysports published articles on the PIK loans, Share selling and Sponsorship whilst Wikipedia has got a segment of our ownership uner the Glazers.
TheFamousNo7
wikipedia.
spursftw
wikipedia.
spursftw
You dont read newspapers but you read wikipedia and pass it off as fact? Bye.
spursftw
You dont read newspapers but you read wikipedia and pass it off as fact? Bye.
spursftw
Probably because a majority of the information on Wikipedia is fact? :S Even despite it being editable it's a very well run site and even if someone does insert fals information it's very quickly corrected.
TheFamousNo7
Probably because a majority of the information on Wikipedia is fact? :S Even despite it being editable it's a very well run site and even if someone does insert fals information it's very quickly corrected.
TheFamousNo7
Yeh thats why wikipedia is so widely cited. Clueless.
spursftw
Yeh thats why wikipedia is so widely cited. Clueless.
spursftw
Think it will be an open game, United will probably shade it due to a contentious penalty awarded due to a Nani dive or something like that! But we are due a shade of lady luck at OT so who knows. Concern for spurs would be the lack of protection for the back four with Sandro out, Huddlestone not 100 percent and Palacious unlikely to play with his imminent transfer to Stoke on the horizon, having said that I feel we can cause a fair few problems of our own with Bale against Smalling/Fabio and Lennon on the other flank also I expect VDV to be instructed to test De Gea who will be under immense pressure to perform tonight after the blunders in his previous two starts my Prediction 3.2 and a sour taste in the mouth on the journey back to London!
DazzaTHFC
Think it will be an open game, United will probably shade it due to a contentious penalty awarded due to a Nani dive or something like that! But we are due a shade of lady luck at OT so who knows. Concern for spurs would be the lack of protection for the back four with Sandro out, Huddlestone not 100 percent and Palacious unlikely to play with his imminent transfer to Stoke on the horizon, having said that I feel we can cause a fair few problems of our own with Bale against Smalling/Fabio and Lennon on the other flank also I expect VDV to be instructed to test De Gea who will be under immense pressure to perform tonight after the blunders in his previous two starts my Prediction 3.2 and a sour taste in the mouth on the journey back to London!
DazzaTHFC
No matter d lack of defence i knw dat man utd will win d match. I also believe dat de gea will improve in today match
Rhoonny
No matter d lack of defence i knw dat man utd will win d match. I also believe dat de gea will improve in today match
Rhoonny
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
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
Well did we shade it? Did we bollox - we were all over Spurs - weak team - my arse.....
niteworlok
Well did we shade it? Did we bollox - we were all over Spurs - weak team - my arse.....
niteworlok
Told ya so.
TheFamousNo7
Told ya so.
TheFamousNo7
Yeh we got our answer, weak(er) united side pushes over a spurs side that are muck without modric. Was a shout for a penalty in the first half, and a scuff from lennon in the second. But overall a million miles away from as I said, a weak united side. A weak united side that would still be favourites to win the league. Without a huge shake up over the next week and a change in manager (yes redknapp is *****e, non spurs fans just dont see how ***** he is). Anyway 76k seater stadium, compared to 36k seater stadium. The differences are clear to see.
spursftw
Yeh we got our answer, weak(er) united side pushes over a spurs side that are muck without modric. Was a shout for a penalty in the first half, and a scuff from lennon in the second. But overall a million miles away from as I said, a weak united side. A weak united side that would still be favourites to win the league. Without a huge shake up over the next week and a change in manager (yes redknapp is *****e, non spurs fans just dont see how ***** he is). Anyway 76k seater stadium, compared to 36k seater stadium. The differences are clear to see.
spursftw
I think we are a lot stronger than last season, the only weaker area being in goal with De Gea still needing games in the EPL to gain more confidence - no 'goals that should never have been; in this match - at times I thought SPurs miught actually win, but when you succombed to that Welbeck goal it was as if the spark had gone out of your team...
niteworlok
I think we are a lot stronger than last season, the only weaker area being in goal with De Gea still needing games in the EPL to gain more confidence - no 'goals that should never have been; in this match - at times I thought SPurs miught actually win, but when you succombed to that Welbeck goal it was as if the spark had gone out of your team...
niteworlok
 

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