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ManUtd 3 – 1 Spurs

Posted by unitedfanatic on September 12, 2009

Result:   Manchester United 3 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Giggs 25′                               Defoe 1′

Anderson 41′

Rooney 78′

In the much anticipated late kick-off at White Hart Lane, Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur by 3 goals to 1 and demonstrated all the qualities that true champions possess. The spirited display was just the stepping up United needed after a less than satisfactory performance against Arsenal in the previous fixture as well as to silence the critics following two hi profile departures in the summer. With what started as a deadly sting, Jermain Defoe continued his sizzling form and scored inside the first minute from an acrobatic bicycle kick. Quality. But the setback helped the United players to pump themselves up and after a couple of decent efforts by Peter crouch, dominance from United ensued. Tottenham kept losing the ball too often under pressure allowing United to get into their rhythm and play beautiful flowing football. At the 25th minute, a build up of passes resulted in the ball falling to berbatov and palacios gave away a freekick from a dangerous position near the box following a tackle on Berbatov. Enter Ryan Giggs. Never ceasing to amaze, he sent the ball curling in and United were level with a classy reply.


Gunning for glory

The ghosts of the 5-2 loss last season seemed to haunt the spurs and it looked like United would score every time they got near the tottenham box. Yet, credit must be given to tottenham who still kept going, though not completely in the manner of the start they had provided. With the half time approaching, Cudicini saved well from Wayne Rooney, who squared the rebound to berbatov, whose effort to squeeze in the ball past three defenders and a fallen goalkeeper was cleared off the line by Sebastien Bassong, and the bulgarian found the ball yet again, only to fire it over the crossbar. All this in a space of 10 seconds. If there was any more excitement left before half time, it was Anderson’s maiden goal in the Premier League. Following a poorly executed corner kick, King managed to snuff out the ball to Anderson, who stepped up, and deservedly put it past Cudicini from just outside the box.

The spurs re assessed themselves at half time and replaced Palacios by, now fit, Jermaine Jenas. The second half started off with Jenas providing for Keane but his goal bound shot was deflected over by Vidic. The spurs began to pile on some pressure as Foster saved brilliantly from Jenas’ 25 yard volley, and Crouch troubled in the air to fire a header against the crossbar. Then Paul Scholes saw red through his second yellow card of the game for a needless foul on Huddlestone. With more than half an hour left and the scores at 2-1, it seemed the spurs would forge their way back into the game. But Sir Alex Ferguson then did something that denied them of any such hope. Down to ten men, Carrick was brought on for Berbatov, an individual sacrifice being made for the needs of the team and prevent the midfield from crumbling. Especially since Anderson, Giggs, Scholes and Fletcher had managed to run their socks off and outclass and pressure Tottenham to turn the game around. It couldn’t be for nothing. The change paid immediate dividends as the spurs were kept at bay. And then that moment of magic in the 78th minute. Rooney, finding himself alone up front yet again, and having his shot from a quick counter attack saved well by Cudicini, hung on to fletcher’s long ball on the right half of the pitch, swung inside of Alan Hutton and slotted home to make it 5 goals out of opening 5 games. Again, Ronaldo who? All the fizz was now off and a not-so-interesting 16 minutes followed.

What was important today was the stepping up of our game. Anderson was an absolute cannon with his passing, Fletcher giving it his all to get the ball back every single time, both working out sensible, intelligent passes, Giggs giving Lennon competition and Scholes having a huge influence on United midfield’s renaissance. Though the forward line proved its worth in the thumping of Wigan, something semed amiss and it was the midfield’s contribution today which completes the picture. And an exciting one at that!


One Response to “ManUtd 3 – 1 Spurs”

  1. Ducky said

    I think it’s almost a given nowadays that Roon should score. The match wouldn’t be complete without it!

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