Match Day 3; United v Spurs.
United against Spurs is always an exciting prospect no matter where the game is played. Although why they want to play this game at 3am on a Tuesday morning is beyond me! The excitement for the supporters of both teams comes from the fact that any result is possible when the teams line up to face each other. The optimists and cynics can all have a field day as they speculate about all the possibilities prior to the kick-off!
Before all top six games Spurs supporters will look at the opposition and a wave of anxiety will appear. That’s normal. United have players who can hurt us. They are a strong team. They are playing at home in front of their own supporters, and they want a result. But …. forget about it. A minute’s reflection will tell us that Spurs also have a strong team, have players that can hurt United, and want a result just as much. So let the opposition do the worrying!
I would be more than happy if we set ourselves up the same way we did against Fulham. One difference perhaps would be to start Dembele? As long as MP is willing to manipulate his bench in the same way as he did against Fulham there will be a number of game-changing options on offer.
Against Fulham, Lamela looked sharp and hungry, Moura looked like the player I hoped he would be, Dembele owned the mid-field, Trippier showed his world cup form albeit with less accuracy in some of his crosses, Kane was able to dispose of the monkey on his back, and Winks is back in action. Spurs have started the season as they need to continue it … beat the teams outside the top six and mix it up with the teams inside the top six.
Despite losing against palace last time out, I imagine United will be the favourite for this one. Personally I could accept a loss, be content with a draw, and thoroughly enjoy a win. The enjoyment of taking something from United is always enhanced by the post match interview of their ‘interesting’ manager! Because we are capable of winning, and because I want us to win, I’m backing Spurs for the three points.
As far as tactics and team-sheets are concerned …. well, that’s where VS posters come into their own. Go for it! I know there’s a few days to go …. but better early than never. Right?