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It`s off to London, well North London to be precise, for a fascinating Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday afternoon. Sir Alex Ferguson will enter this fixture knowing how our title rivals, Manchester City, have done on Saturday. With City expected t brush aside Fulham, Sir Alex will be hoping that his United side can beat Spurs to keep the gap, at the top, as it was before the round of fixtures this weekend.

Vital Quotes:

Sir Alex Ferguson is the master of mind-games, it`s a trait he`s developed successfully over the years. Ahead of our clash with Spurs we`re wondering if the wily Scot is at it again. One topic Sir Alex touched on was that of the recent rescinding of the red card awarded to our rivals central defender, Vincent Kompany.

Talking about the subject of the rescinding of the card, Sir Alex remarked about it being something, namely appeal, all clubs will do from now on,

"That`s bound to happen now, but they`ll probably turn them all down now."

"It does open the door, of course, but that`s their (FA`s) problem. I`m not going to go into it."

Has Sir Alex planted a few seeds in minds relating to a possible red card appeal from ourselves in the future?

Spurs Team News:

Andre Villas Boas, settling in quite nicely in the White Hart Lane hot-seat, is expected to give the experienced Scott Parker a start in midfield now that the player has put his ankle problems behind him. Parker is likely to start in place of Sandro who collected a knee injury, last time out, which will see him side-lined until the summer.

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Adebayor will not be available for selection after he decided, finally, to represent his country in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Player to watch: Gareth Bale

More than decent, a legend in the making but not at Spurs. He`ll need a bigger stage to grace to prove just how good he can be.

United Team News:

We`ve no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson will shuffle his pack for this fixture in North London. However, injuries could help shape his final selection with Jonny Evans troubled with a hamstring injury, Sir Alex is likely to turn to the experienced duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the heart of his defence.

Out wide, Ashley Young remains side-lined so we could see Nani make his fist Premier League start for ages.

Up front, we expect Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to be tasked with plundering the goals to bring us the three points.

Player to watch: Robin van Persie

The ex-Arsenal forward will relish putting one over on his former rivals, so don`t be too surprised if he adds to his goal tally, probably hitting the winner.

Match Facts & Stats

United head to London looking for revenge after Tottenham won at Old Trafford earlier this season. If the unthinkable happens and Spurs win on Sunday, it`ll be the first time that Spurs have done the double over us since 1989/1990. Incidentally, the win at Old Trafford was the first time Spurs have beaten us in 27 attempts.

Our record at White Hart Lane though is pretty decent. The last time we lost there was back in May 2001 when we succumbed 3-1 in a Premier League fixture.

Ref Watch:

The officials appointed to take charge of this fixture are:- Referee - C. Foy Assistant - S. Beck Assistant - M. McDonnough Fourth Official - L. Mason

Match Prediction:

White Hart Lane can be a difficult place to go. Tottenham are one of those teams that, on their day, can beat anyone, but, they`re also prone to produce the odd inept performance. There`s no doubting their attacking prowess and with our 'wobbly` defence, we could be in for a high-scoring game but I reckon United will shade it, possibly by the odd goal in five.

Next Fixtures:

United`s next fixture is against Fulham, next Saturday, in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Kick off at Old Trafford is at 17:30.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday January 19 2013
Time: 10:34AM


Bale needs a bigger stage? Oh like the last time he walked out at old trafford and tore united a new Arsenhol?
19/01/2013 11:16:00
I wonder how many dodgy decisions you'll get this time...?
19/01/2013 11:21:00
Should be a good game our defence is shored up a bit still not great though. And the frontline can terrorise anyone. Believe midfield could be our achilles for this one. Just have to hope Bale has a poor match and there's no contentious decisions. Though that's wishful thinking as every decision in Uniteds favour will be scrutinised with an agenda
19/01/2013 11:43:00
Spuds getting their excuses in early I see. Nice to see mix bragging about how Tottenham beat us once in the last god knows how many attempts. Don't take it offensively pal but I don't think it's really an argument that bale is too good for Tottenham considering your current standing in world football. Unless of course you're insinuating he's in fact only Thursday night channel 5 material? MotorMad you already know if we win this one we're going to be bombarded with every excuse under the moon. It's a lose-lose battle with most spud fans as very rarely are they beat by being simply outplayed and the second best side. With regards to the actual game itself they tend to be good games, hopefully this is another. With Nani, Vidic and Kagawa back this will be a different game to the one the spuds played at Old Trafford.
19/01/2013 12:07:00
TF7 not surprised to see u here... U are the only one who comments on VMU... Not much to discuss as usual as most United fans are part time glory fans and pathetic clueless know it alls... For example a player of world class ability is not to be seen in another teams shirt other than a table cloth... Albeit it's not the first or last time Sircrapson has licked the Spurs window trying to poach our talent... None the less we have been cursed when it comes to playing against Manu and its more than often due to poor officiating however it won't be long now till we return the favor... Apologies for ruining the 10 vital Manc fans forum...
19/01/2013 12:45:00
No-ones doubting Bales ability as a world beater and no United fan believes all world class players are only world class if they play for us. No doubt Bale will go on to be a legend however as to what sort of legend is a different matter. If he sticks with Spurs he will be a legend amongst the Spurs supporters. The footballing world however has a very short memory and those that enjoy loads of success tend to be remember longer than club legends and as such he will be more widely regarded as a legend if he goes on to move to a club challenging for all the top honours in world football. Don't get me wrong, i'm not necessarily talking of us, though i won't deny I would love Bale at the club, i'm thinking more Barca and Madrid, mainly due to his confessions of wanting to play in Spain. Fergie doesn't poach players from Spurs to deprive them of world class talent either, there's plenty of talent available out there, it just so happens that the players Spurs bring through and develop happen to be a fit to United style and philosphy, hardly a shock when you consider how similar the clubs playing styles and philosophies are. Graft, industry, teamwork and high fitness levels are typical traits of United and Spurs players alike (with a few exceptions of course) and that's even before delving into technical ability. In the same sense its why Barca poach from Arsenal, not to deprive them of their talent but moreso because the playing styles and philosophies of the club are so similar that the players are an instant fit. I like Spurs as a club, whether that's due to family ties or, to me at least, a striking resemblance to our club, i don't really know.
19/01/2013 13:15:00
So you don't thing Fergie's tapping up of Berbatov qualifies as "poaching" then? As for the last game being the "first win in 27 attempts" yea right, thanks to Fergie having half the PL referees in his pocket, most notably Clattenberg for disallowing the Pedro Mendez goal which clearly crossed the line by about 3 feet.
19/01/2013 14:26:00
Back at it with the berba "tap up scandal" crap I see didn't take long did it? Miss him that badly go beg Fulham for him back. As for Bale bloody cracking player could walk into any team in the world but enjoy him while you can he'll be following your old chum Modric soon.
19/01/2013 14:42:00
What do you expect. To claim "Fergie doesn't poach" you're going to get the obvious answer. I note you make no comment on the Mendez goal, no answer to that huh?
19/01/2013 14:46:00
No reason to answer its just one of those things happens all the time Lampard for England for example. Fair play it was a goal but you can't just blame Clattenburg the linesman was also at fault. But to blame Fergie for imaginary bungs is just laughable. It may have escaped your attention but the officials are only human therefore fallible unlike god and spuds it seems.
19/01/2013 15:12:00
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