Man U 1 Spurs 2: Five talking points

1. Manchester United need to buy in the transfer window

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…Reflecting on a first six months in charge Moyes also said: “It would have been a hard job at United for anybody and it’s been a hard job for me.” What will also prove very tricky is strengthening this month, which is what Moyes needs to do to have the best chance of leading the club to fourth position, at least.

2. The Tim Sherwood factor

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These are early days in Tim Sherwood’s tenure, though to witness Emmanuel Adebayor tussling with Wayne Rooney near his own corner flag towards the end of the first half was to view a prime illustration of how Villas-Boas’s replacement is motivating the same group. Since Sherwood reintroduced Adebayor as a starting striker he has scored four times, the last of which was the opener here: the way he rose majestically then placed the header to the left of David de Gea oozed class and indicated Sherwood can spot – and inspire – a player.

(TKTG: It’s also the start of the transfer season – Adebayor ALWAYS plays well before and during a transfer window!)

3. United are too open

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” After the box-to-box sequence of slick passing that took in Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Eriksen again that gave Spurs the lead the visitors should have been two up almost instantly. Again, United were splayed too easily, this time by the pace of Aaron Lennon whose raking delivery had the defence flat-footed only for Soldado to miss from close in.”

4. Moussa Dembélé reprises his Theatre of Dreams act

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…allowing Spurs to take the contest to United and, while on Wednesday Dembélé’s impact was not as great, he again showed up the glaring hole in Moyes’s midfield resources.

The Belgian continually picked up Rooney whenever the forward dropped deep to outmuscle and frustrate United’s totem. This drew a booking for him during the opening stanza and, when the Liverpudlian was deployed permanently alongside Tom Cleverley, it was Dembélé who once again stifled him expertly.

 5. United’s home a fortress yet to be rebuilt

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“…The sense that the Old Trafford factor is fading was strengthened when Howard Webb turned down two second-half penalty appeals as Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young took a tumble: despite the fury that met Webb following the latter of these the official was unmoved. In the not so distant past of United’s dominance he may have awarded at least one of them.”

Source: The Guardian 

 

 

 

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