After the snow that had covered most of the country over the last few days and threatened to postponed the match, today’s fixture at White Hart Lane was always going to be about grit.
Plenty of it was spread across the northern corner of the capital to ensure the game could go on as normal, and United showed grit in abundance as they defended for their lives during a frantic second half.
One of the few positives out of Wednesday’s dull and uninspiring win against West Ham in the FA Cup was that, in Anderson, Wayne Rooney and Nani, Sir Alex Ferguson has now recovered three players that could prove crucial to United’s chances of success this season.
Nani, in particular, is a player that United desperately need to fire on all cylinders from now until the end of the season, for the Portuguese’s ability to turn a game on its head is a commodity too precious to do without when the fixtures pile up thick and fast when even the most straightforward of game can turn into a banana skin, as United experienced last season notably away to Wigan.
United travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday as the form team in England on a mission to avenge the early season lesson bestowed on them by Spurs and their pace attack.
The two teams have dropped just 9 points between them from a previous possible 48, Spurs dropping 7 of those, United just 2.
White Hart Lane has been a happy stomping ground for United down the years and Betegy give them a 35% chance of taking all three points back to Old Trafford.
With Manchester United facing the prospect of losing Nani in the not to distant future, Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be closely monitoring Angel Di Maria’s situation at Real Madrid.
Nani could decide to leave United in the summer as talks over a new contract have failed to find a resolution.
The Portuguese winger’s current deal expires in 2014 but the club are already planning for his departure.
United look good value at 2.4 with bet365 and Coral to beat Spurs at White Hart Lane and maintain their healthy advantage at the top of the table.
Manchester United have stepped up there interest in Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay after sending scouts to watch the Argentinean international last weekend, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is on the look-out for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and is understood to have identified Benfica stopper Garay as a potential candidate.
Manchester United today released a statement regarding Darren Fletcher and his need for bowel surgery.
Fletcher will be unavailable for the remainder of the season. Is this the end of his United career or the beginning of his road to recovery?
Read the full statement……