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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Manchester United, 19.08.23

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Full League Record of Man Utd v Spurs

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          31   6  10  15   36 -49  28
Away          31   4   3  24   25 -59  15
Total (Prem)  62  10  13  39   61 -108 43  0.69 Pts per game
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)  62  10  13  39   61 -108 43
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Grand Total  172  42  44  86  217 -279 143

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DWLLWD
Liverpool  4-3    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    C. Palace
A. Villa   2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Brentford
Leeds      1-4    Spurs
Brentford  2-2    Spurs

Man Utd    -    LWWWWW

West Ham   1-0    Man Utd
Man Utd    2-0    Wolves
B'mouth    0-1    Man Utd
Man Utd    4-1    Chelsea
Man Utd    2-1    Fulham 
Man Utd    1-0    Wolves

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
7. Man Utd  1  1  0  0   1-0    1    3
9. Spurs    1  0  1  0   2-2    1    1

It should be a humdinger - despite planned protests.

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

Our first home game of the new season should be a humdinger and is against last season's League Cup winners and losing FA Cup finalists - Manchester United. It was the first all-Manchester FA Cup Final. Like Spurs in 1999 when they won the only other domestic trophy in United's Treble season, Erik Ten Hag's side won the League Cup in City's treble season.

Last season's home draw brought an end to a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats, which was our worst run against Manchester United since seven successive defeats between September 2001 and September 2004. Pedro Porro and Heung-min Son's second half goals cancelled out two scored by United in the first half.

Our last home win over United was in January 2018 in a match played at Wembley in front of a record 81,978 crowd. Christian Eriksen opened the scoring for Spurs after only 11 seconds and the win was sealed by a Phil Jones own goal in the 28th minute. Jones played 12 more games that season for United, but in four seasons since, started just 4 Premier League games and made two substitute appearances. His contract finally ended last summer after no appearances in the whole of last season. Spurs' last win at White Hart Lane against United was of course "The Finale" in May 2017 when Harry Kane scored the last goal by a Spurs player at the old stadium. Wayne Rooney scored the very last goal, which was his last as a United player. Spurs finished the season as runners-up for the first time since 1963.

Erik Ten Hag has overseen spending in excess of £400 million since he took over United before last season. Early in July this year United signed Mason Mount from Chelsea for £55m plus add-ons. Later that month United spent £47 million on goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter. Onana played for Ajax under Ten Hag in our famous Champions Leaague semi-final win in 2019 and arguably cost his side the game with his time-wasting in the very late stages.

Onana at least played in last season's Champions League final, but of course finished on the losing side. On Monday night Onana got away with a late penalty appeal when he clattered a Wolves player. This led the PGMOL issuing a swift apology to Wolves, and the referee and VAR official have been "rested" this week.

Another high-profile signing for United was the £72m signing of Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta. The 20-year-old, who joined the Serie A side in 2022 and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances last season, moved to Old Trafford on a five-year deal. Hojlund was signed with a lower back injury and is not expected to be fit before September.

United departures include Fred to Fenerbahce, loanee Sabitzer returning to Bayern, who sold him to Borussia Dortmunnd. Alex Telles became one of the many players to join the exodus to Saudi Arabia. Anthony Elanga was signed by Nottingham Forest for £15 million.

It seems that United had a problem on Monday night because they let the opposition attack straight down the middle of the pitch. This could suit Ange's style, which does include some direct attacking play through the middle. Last week's stats indicate that Wolves and Spurs were the two teams with the highest number of dribbles. Wolves' Nunes pipped Yves Bissouma (6-5) with the highest individual dribbles.

It's too early for team news, but I am hoping Cristian Romero can play after his early substitution last week. However, that should have been recorded as a concussion injury and doctor's advice might be not to play.

Despite planned protests over Spurs' hike in matchday prices before and during the game, I expect a cracking atmosphere, and I even predict a 2-1 home win. The game kicks off at 5.30pm, and is being televised on Sky Sports.

Gordon McQueen, who famously played for Leeds, then Manchester United between 1972 and 1985 died in June, aged 70. Gordon had been diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2021. McQueen was a big centre-back, born in Scotland and joined Don Revie's Leeds in September 1972. He made a total of 172 appearances for Leeds, before moving across The Pennines in February 1978. The transfer fee was a British record of £495,000. Gordon made 229 appearances for Manchester United. Joe Jordan, who assisted Harry Redknapp in his managerial spell at Spurs and elsewhere, had made the same move a month earlier.

Michael Oliver is in charge of Spurs for the 47th time. He refereed us twice last season. Those games were our 4-0 away win against Crystal Palace and our 2-0 home win against West Ham. It is very unusual for a referee not to issue a yellow card in a game and the only time this has happened with Mr Oliver in charge over the last year was at Old Trafford in April when United beat Everton 2-0. On Tuesday night Mr Oliver had a hot date in Marseille when Panathinaikos won a Champions League qualifer on penalties. The referee showed 8 yellow cards!

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