Last weekend, Tottenham suffered a humiliating defeat away to Manchester City which end ang glimmer of hope they had of challenging for the title. Not only was it the scoreline which will disappoint AVB and Spurs alike, but also the manner of the defeat. Conceding a goal after 15 seconds threw any gameplan Spurs had out the window, eventually ending in a 6-0 defeat.
Up until that point, Spurs had a pretty solid defense, with only Southampton conceding less goals. How things can change in 90 minutes. But Tottenham’s biggest issue is scoring goals. Goals came thick and fast for Spurs last season, but there has been nothing of the sort this term. Soldado hasn’t hit the ground running, but most of that can be put down to the incredibly poor service he has been receiving.
Spurs will need a change of fortune quickly if they are to keep pace with the top four. However despite slipping down to 9th in the table, they are only 2 points off 4th, albeit it with a massively worse goal difference. A win for Spurs against a United side who struggled against Cardiff, but then dominated a Bayern Leverkusen side away from home will seem them leapfrog their opponents and keep in touch with the teams above them.
Lose however, and they could find themselves further off the pace. A win for Spurs in the Europe League on Thursday will help to rebuild confidence, but a win against Tromso isn’t going to make the pain of a 6-0 defeat go away. A win against United could, however.
United on the otherhand suffered a tough start to the season, but are now finding their feet under David Moyes. Many would have been disappointed with the draw against Cardiff last weekend, but it moved them up to 6th in the table and only 3 points of 2nd. Rooney was lucky to stay on the field, and his presence will no doubt give Moyes confidence that his United side can go to White Hart Lane and come away with all 3 points, as have West Ham and Newcastle done earlier in the season.
United travel to London unbeaten in 11 games and on the back of a 5-0 demolition of Bayern Leverkusen at the BayArena. The win on Wednesday was United’s best performance under Moyes, and they will be looking to take that momentum into this fixture. However United haven’t won at Spurs since 2001, so they will be under no illusion that this will be a easy task.
After making nine changes to his team in the Europa League, AVB is set to recall first-team regulars for the match against United. Adebayor is a doubt after suffering a groin strain. Christian Eriksen remains ruled out for several weeks still.
David Moyes will be releshing having Robin Van Persie and Nemanja Vidic fit for the trip to East London who should both be available for selection after suffering head injuries. Ryan Giggs, who celebrates his 40th Birthday today will also be in contention, and finds himself 47 matches short of 1000 games for United, and with no signs of him retiring just yet, could he reach the historic milestone?
- Last time Spurs beat United at White Hart Lane was in May 2001
- Spurs have failed to score in three successive league matches for the first time since January 2009
- United remain unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions
- Only two teams have scored fewer goals than Tottenham’s 9, Crystal Palace and Sunderland