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Match Thread – Will Spurs Be Ole-ing After Difficult United Clash

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With small and subtle improvements in Tottenham Hotspur’s performance against dogged and resilient Burnley in our midweek EFL Cup victory, simply put, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will have to be a hell of a lot better as we go up against Manchester United on Saturday.

Welcoming under fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to White Hart Lane is going to be no easy task at all given the form we are in and unfortunately for us, the fact they are on a run of four without a win means we can expect some kind of reaction from them. If we click again like we did at the very beginning of the campaign, defend well and be clinical (albeit not quite flowing) in attack, we can get back to winning ways here, but that’s easier said than done.

Perform as we have done in some matches this year, and if they give Ole a response, this one could be quite painful.

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  • wentworth says:

    We very rarely get the run of the ball at Old Trafford. Ther have been some horrendous decisions and some awful thrashi gs when we have Ben in front. I am in trepidation of this game. Our defence is better but still suspect to set pieces and Man You have some conmen to fool the ref plus a raucous partisan crowd. We could sneak it 1-0 or get thrashed after the wonder Man players.

  • wentworth says:

    No no not wonder. Wounded. Lightning does not strike twice.

  • 123spurs says:

    WW the match is at home not old Trafford

  • wentwoth says:

    Yes 123. I made a huge error there. However, refs gave been conned for years because Man U. have this massive following epitomised by the media and anyone else who can’t decide which football team to support.
    I can remember first supporting Tottenham when a Spurs forward ( Johnny Brooks I think) was brought down by the Man. U keeper in the box. We didn’t get the pen. It was on Pathe News at the cinema in the 1950’s. Hated Man U ever since.

  • 123spurs says:

    agree WW united had some much ref bias its unreal.

  • Niall D says:

    Hi folks
    Ref Bias, media, bias, they’re never off football Focus, they always get a wee 10 minute slot almost every week, sure the Beeb moved the whole schedule one week a couple of years ago because they were playing Liverpool on a Monday nite, no bias there.
    I do sometimes think darker elements are at play to keep em up the table and in Europe after all they are the prem top supported team around the globe, wouldn’t do for them to be out of Europe never mind relegated, so if they’re getting it tough, let’s give em 15 pens a year for two seasons to keep em in the running.
    Everyone jokes about Fergie time, but it was obvious bias in their favour, no pens given against them in 10 seasons at Old Trafford during his time, yet again bias, it still goes on, just to keep the “product” that is Man U up there.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    Really hoping to be pleasantly surprised with our performance but in reality will be joining others and watching from behind the sofa.

    I am expecting the United players to respond to all of the criticism and bad press and start the match with high intensity, we need to match this and frustrate them, the longer the match goes on without them scoring the more their heads will drop.

    Romero was lauded for keeping Ronaldo in check in Serie A games so hoping for the same today, he and Emerson will have their work cut out keeping CR7 and Rashford out.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    What’s the betting we get Wet Spam in the League Cup draw?

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    Nuno has been quite blunt about some squad players not showing enough commitment, if that’s the case they should be shown the door in January.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    It had to happen didn’t it! At least we got a home draw. Jammy gooners get lucky again with a home draw against the lowest rated side!

  • PompeyYid says:

    Home draw in the Cup v Wet Spam, that’s what I wanted, ah well we will just have to beat the East End Pykie upstarts lol!

    As for this evenings game…which Spurs will turn up? answer…I have no bloody idea!

    Hopefully a win for us…COYS

  • wentworth says:

    What a drama today’s match could be with both managers walking a tight rope. If we win(if), Ole’s job will be on the line. If we get hammered (possible), Nuno will soon be a goner.
    Then what about Poch? Will he go to United ( please no)? Or will he come home (doubtful)? No one of any stature will come to Spurs at present whether it be coach or player?
    Sadly, Nuno has been a poor choice. Seems a nice bloke but not the most convincing. He was lucky at Wolves for a while. Why did he retire?
    I am not sure he can manage the egos that are around at Spurs. Apparently he only likes very short meetings with players either collectively or independently.He is definitely not a long term appointment so what is the point except there is no one else.
    Today’s result has massive importance for both clubs. Maybe a 0-0 draw (very unlikely) will be the best outcome. Look out for that Man U. penalty in added time. Please Dier…do not do anything stupid today with Ronaldo diving around.

  • Stan Rosenthal says:

    The most optimistic comment about our performance against Burnley is that we were saving ourselves for this game. As others have said our tempo in that game was abysmal, slow slow slow slow slow. Unless we can step this up to at least a foxtrot, slow slow, quick, quick slow, we will be strictly counted out for this game and perhaps for the season.But seriously, an excellent article in the Guardian pinpointed what has been wrong with us in recent, our sideways, backward tempo, rarely getting out of first gear. This gives the opposition time to pack their defence, leaving us with no alternative but hit balls into a crowded penalty areas every time. It is the manager who must take responsibility for our style of play and if he cannot see and act upon this obvious diagnosis of our ills he should go as soon as possible.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    With City and Liverpool looking like dropping points there is an opportunity but I guess we’ll fail to take it as usual. The CL teams must have the midweek games on their minds (Chelsea excepted) lets hope United have also.

  • TK says:

    Lo Celso and Davies?

    Nice to see Man Citeh looking lost, but it makes one think that beating that lot at the beginning of the season wasn’t the big deal we thought it was.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    Such a defensive line-up by United, not good with our record of breaking down bus parkers.

    Never see it so quiet here on a match day.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    TK……Davies means we can match up to United’s 352. I presume Lo Celso in for his energy in midfield, but he did create a few chances at Burnley in midweek.

  • Love totty says:

    Anticipation and trepidation in equal measure. Spurs are like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get. Run Harry run.

  • TK says:

    My god, the lads are playing in the first minutes like they are not sleep walking. This lot might look a lot better if they pressed their defense up the pitch and got a wee bit more aggressive. Passivity breeds sleepy play.

  • TK says:

    Love totty,

    A bit of Tom Hanks commentary. 😊

    But let’s see a bit of purpose in the running.

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