Who earned their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ in the defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford? the answer is simple – all 14 players plus Tim Sherwood for an outstanding performance and a well deserved victory which takes Spurs ahead of United and into 6th place in the Premier League as they maintain their position just outside the top-4. What a difference a change of manager makes. Just over five weeks ago on their last visit to the city of Manchester Spurs were a dispirited, disinterested group of players, lacking in the endeavour and effort expected of highly paid international footballers. Yesterday at Old Trafford there was organisation, belief, commitment and hard work from every player which came together and provided us with a second successive win at Old Trafford. It came as pay back to those faithful fans who had made the same journey to the north-west and witnessed the debacle a few weeks ago.
Once Spurs had weathered United’s early assault they took control and it was only after scoring their goal that United really threatened but Spurs stood firm with Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches commanding in front of Hugo Lloris who kept his best till last with important saves in the final minutes as United became desperate in their attempts to salvage a draw. Spurs held on for the result they should have had at the beginning of December at White Hart Lane when they were denied by Wayne Rooney.
Emmanuel Adebayor epitomises the change which has come over the whole team since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and the appointment of Tim Sherwood. There is hard word, effort for each other and a greater freedom in their play. Under AVB when players pushed forward they often got to the edge of the area and stopped, now they push on into the area or attempt to make a pass or deliver a cross which is bringing its rewards in goals and goal scoring opportunities.
In what was an excellent team performance, it will be difficult to select one player for their ‘Spurs’ but Aaron Lennon was outstanding – a threat in attack and very disciplined and hard working in defence.
Who earned their ‘Spurs’ against Manchester United At Old Trafford?