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After last weeks` splendid win, at Anfield, over Liverpool, Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to White Hart Lane this Saturday for a late afternoon kick-off. Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping to keep the momentum going that has seen United win the last four league games, having lost the opening fixture of the season. A win will see United keep up the pressure on those seeking to match them at the top of the table.

Vital Quotes:

Ahead of the clash Tom Cleverley has spoken about developing that ruthless streak needed to set you apart form other teams, a ruthless streak that means not taking your foot of the pedal, with Tom remarking,

"We know when we are winning two or three-nil we need to go and win five or six-nil."

"It does not need the manager to tell us we let sides back into games last season."

"With 60 or 70 games a season, if you`re two or three up you might think 'We have another big game Tuesday so we can`t take our foot off the gas now."

"But we have a squad to cope with the number of games so we can go all out for 95 minutes every game."

Could we be about to put Tottenham to the sword?

United Team News:

Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed back Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher for the midweek Capital One Cup fixture against Newcastle and both will be hoping to be granted a place in the starting eleven.

But Sir Alex has problems in the heart of his defence with the news breaking, earlier this week, relating to Nemanja Vidic, in joining two other centre backs in Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on the injured list.

Ashley Young remains side-lined to with an injury that appears to be lingering on and he is joined on the sidelines by Antonio Valencia who picked up a knock at Anfield last Sunday.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie

The Dutchman will be hoping to add to his growing tally of goals especially against his former clubs deadly rivals.

Spurs Team News:

Since taking over from Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas has reshaped the Spurs squad by bringing in the likes of Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris whilst also signing Emanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal. Amongst those to have departed though is Rafael van der Vaart whilst the influential defender, Ledley King, has been forced to hang up his boots.

Likely to be missing from the Spurs squad is Kyle Naughton who picked up a knock in the recent fixture against Queens Park Rangers.

Player to watch: Moussa Dembele

Rumour has it that United were interested in bringing the Belgian playmaker to Old Trafford, only time will tell if it is a decision we`ll live to rue.

Match Facts & Stats

Spurs head to Old Trafford having not won in the league there since Dec 1989. Since then they have visited Old Trafford a staggering 26 times without getting a win and shockingly losing 22 of those 26 including 9 on the bounce.

If we look at all competitions home and away matters get worse for the North London side with United having complied a 26 game unbeaten run winning 22 of those 26 games.

Harping on about Spurs last win at Old Trafford, back in 1989, its worth pointing out that Danny Welbeck, David de Gea, Fabio da Silva and Phil Jones were not even born then!

Can Andre Villas-Boas get a first Spurs win, against United, since Spurs beat us at White Hart Lane in 2001?

Ref Watch:

Our referee for this fixture will be Chris Foy aided by his two assistants A. Garratt and H. Lennard with M. Clattenburg as the fourth official.

Match Prediction:

Spurs never seem to fare well at Old Trafford and nothing, under the new leadership of Andre Villas-Boas suggests to me that will change. Last season Villas-Boas bought his Chelsea side to Old Trafford and they were well beaten, this Saturday could see more of the same dished out. I`m going for a 3-1 United win.

Next Fixtures:

United`s next Premier League fixture sees us travel to take on Newcastle United, at St James Park.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Friday September 28 2012
Time: 6:20PM

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No comments? As a Spurs fan, I would say 2-0 Man U, with a brace by Foy, assisted by Clattenberg.
28/09/2012 19:04:00
Dear Mr Ferguson.....Please mind the gap , love from Chelsea
29/09/2012 18:04:00
Wow. WHat did I just witness? Nani & Kagawa threw themselves to the floor demanding penalties - and the ref DIDN'T GIVE YOU ONE! Wow.
29/09/2012 19:58:00
Tevez also had a bit of a stumble apparently, and didn't get one either. Good to see the top sides not getting any favouratism.
29/09/2012 20:30:00
Never saw the game but I have no qualms with losing to them, ultimately it's a result they've been robbed of before in the past. Best of luck to 'em for the rest of the season. From what I understand we were very unlucky not to equalise however once again it requires us to go down before really turning up and playing football which I'm getting fed up of seeing, they need to be motivated from the off and play like champions from the off. Also, again I can only iterate what I've said before, if you want to improve our goal difference we needs to look more at the backline rather than the frontline. As for 'mind the gap talk' its far, far, far too early for anything like that.
30/09/2012 07:55:00
The morning after the night before.. we are still celebrating in N London and on Vital Spurs.. At last after 23 years spurs win.. whatever the reasons in the past... now the PL will see a spurs team in top 4 again, and this time we will not lose out on CL again...
Block D Spurs
30/09/2012 10:09:00
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