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Preview Pack - Man Utd v Spurs - 04.01.05

Last Year's Game - 3-0 to Man Utd
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 22 2003-4

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          13   3   2   8   18 -21  11
Away          12   0   1  11    4 -26   1
Total (Prem)  25   4   3  19   22 -48  12
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  51  20  19  12   89 -64  63
Away (Div 1)  51   9   9  33   55 -101 28
Total(Div 1) 102  29  28  45  144 -165 91
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   2   1   1   10 - 3   5
Away (Div 2)   4   1   2   1    3 - 3   4
Total(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Total (Prem)  25   4   3  19   22 -48  12
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Grand Total   135 35  34  66  179 -219 112
Last Six Premiership results:-

Manchester United

Man Utd    3-0   S'hampton
Fulham     1-1   Man Utd
Man Utd    5-2   C. Palace
Man Utd    2-0   Bolton
A. Villa   0-1   Man Utd
M'brough   0-2   Man Utd
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)

Blackburn  0-1   Spurs
Man City   0-1   Spurs
Spurs      5-1   S'hampton
Norwich    0-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   C. Palace
Spurs      5-2   Everton

Pos           P  W  D  L  F - A  GD  Pts
3   Man Utd  21 12  7  2  33- 13 20  43
7   Spurs    21  9  5  7  29- 21  8  32

Two of the form sides in the Premiership meet at Old Trafford tomorrow. Yes folks, read that again, Spurs are in the top four of the form league for the last 6 games with a record equal to Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal over that period. We are unbeaten in 8 games, but our hosts are unbeaten in 11 games since late October when they were rattled at Portsmouth.

Spurs have never won a Premiership game at Old Trafford, and our last win in the League was on December 16th 1989, when Gary Lineker scored the only goal of the game. The teams that day were:-
Man Utd:- Leighton; Beardsmore (sub Blackmore), Sharpe, Bruce (sub Anderson), Phelan, Pallister, Robson, Ince, McLair, Hughes and Wallace.
Spurs:- Mimms; Thomas, Howells, Mabbutt, Van Den Hauwe; Allen, Gascoigne, Samways, Sedgeley; Stewart, Lineker

Spurs went fifth that day and finished third in that season, behind just Liverpool and Aston Villa, AND we were a point above Arsenal! Manchester United finished 13th that season. How times have changed!

In that season, Teddy Sheringham (who was the last player to feature for both these sides) was scoring 9 goals for Millwall. The next year he scored a total of 33 league goals before embarking upon his illustrious Premiership career.

It seems strange to read about Spurs this week-end such things as:- "Some of the Spurs players would not look out of place in the Champions League" and "There was a buzz around White Hart Lane not seen since the days of Venables between 1987 and 1991"

Are Spurs ready to emulate the team of 89-90? Despite the absence of Van Nistelrooy, Rooney and the injured Saha and Solksjaer, United still have the likes of Smith, Ronaldo, Giggs, and Scholes to name just four of the likely team in this game being shown live on Premiership Plus. Hopefully Jermain Defoe and Michael Brown will be fit. Brown can renew his rivalry with Roy Keane in the middle, and Defoe can score against anyone - even another former West Ham player - Rio Ferdinand.

Last year Spurs were just one goal down, and the final score of 3-0 to United was not a fair reflection of the whole game. Dean Marney will be raring to go for another Old Trafford appearance after his rip-roaring New Year's Day game, but Martin Jol may have a difficult decision to make about the midfield, and it would not suprise me to see Marney left out in favour of experience. (Assuming Brown's fitness)

Spurs have only managed one point in their 12 Premiership encounters at Old Trafford. I do think we are a match for the Red Devils this time, but another point would be more than satisfactory.

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