“Snow, snow, snow…” Not surprisingly the line from a song in White Christmas came to mind as I watched the build-up to the game on Sky. I said in my previous blog that you could tell Alex Ferguson was not happy with Wayne Rooney’s last performance. I was looking forward to him perhaps losing it against us if thing didn’t go well for United at White Hart Lane but I didn’t expect Ferguson to leave him warming the bench until the 62ndminute. It just goes to show what a difference Robin Van Persie has made to United compared to last season. It just had to be him to score the first goal didn’t it?
Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey (twice) all came within a whisper of scoring. One great save from De Gea. Kagawa got away with a couple of blatant shirt pulls. I hope refs will keep an eye out for that in future. For much of the first half however, Manchester United did a bit of a job on us. I thought Dempsey and Scott Parker looked a little off the pace and Bale struggled a bit when United doubled up on him, like QPR did last week. The overall effect was to make us look a bit subdued.
In the second half though, the team gave a really good account of itself and got stronger and stronger. I thought it was a positive move from AVB to introduce Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Bale started to get more joy too. I was crying out for a Tom Huddlestone netbuster but it wasn’t to be - and then wham! Dempsey comes good in Fergie time. In the end, we really deserved it. Not many teams would have got a point off us today. Hooray!
Aaron Lennon had a good game too!
I’m loving this, watching Fergie blame the linesman. He and all the experts say they should have had a penalty but I don’t agree. There was contact with Steven Caulker but it was Rooney who kicked the back of his leg on purpose, not the other way round. In the replay, you can see him think about it for a split second, whack the back of Caulker’s leg and throw himself to the ground. Caulker took a risk but I am sure the ref spotted what Rooney was up to.