Match: Wednesday 1st January 2013.
Venue: Old Trafford.
Competition: Premier League.
Result: Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham.
Tottenham scores: Emmanuel Adebayor 34′, Christian Eriksen 66′.
Manchester United scorer: Danny Welbeck 67′.
Wow! What a way to start 2014, a second win on the trot at the place we used to dread, Old Trafford. If Tim Sherwood stays on the path he currently is on, the fans will begin to love him. He put on a master class in management and that is no word of a lie, the tactics he put out to try and contain United, but also stay offensive were nothing short of genius! I’m not getting carried away, there is a lot of work to be done, but this definitely points to a bright future, as this win was without key members of the starting 11. Our first half performance was gritty, we couldn’t put passes together, but neither could United really, it was a sloppy game of football in which not many chances came about, both teams could have led though, us through Aaron Lennon, and United through Nemanja Vidic. We were playing counter attacking football, and that is where the goal came from, a great move that fell to Christian Eriksen’s feet, and he delivered a delightful ball into the box for Emmanuel Adebayor to rise high above Chris Smalling and head across De Gea into the bottom corner. 4 goals in 5 games for Adebayor under Sherwood now. In the second half, we raised our game and played very well, our passing game was good and precise. Another counter attacking move through Adebayor got Lennon on the ball, and he drove into the United box and delivered a great ball in which Christian Eriksen pounced on with his head ahead of Antonio Valencia, De Gea couldn’t keep it out. Disappointing that not even a minute later Manchester United were back in the game, three passes and they were in, Danny Welbeck finishing well. Tim Sherwood has admitted that was a disappointment, we need to keep switched on, even if we have just scored possibly the winner at Old Trafford. We showed grit, determination, passion and a love for the shirt in the minutes remaining to grind out a win after Adebayor went off injured, and the youngsters were introduced they all showed character and it was brilliant to see the lads playing like a team again instead of individuals. Tim is doing a great job.
The whole team was incredible, but my man of the match was definitely a split between Vlad Chiriches who played a blinder in defence alongside Michael Dawson, getting stuck in but also playing some fabulous passes into the midfield and attack which started off many attacks, also, Christian Eriksen is right up there as he played a massive part in both the goals and out of position on the left he did a great job working for the team and his passing was very impressive, especially in the second half. Third candidate for man of the match was Hugo Lloris, who kept us in the game with some stunning stops, even if he was a bit nervy at points. Emmanuel Adebayor put in another good performance and his goal was superb; he’s back and long may he continue this form, hopefully his injury isn’t too bad, we need him for the Arsenal game! Aaron Lennon is surely one of our most important players at the moment, he skinned Evra down that right hand side constantly and should have scored himself, but got an assist for the winner, plus, his tracking back as always was brilliant. Honorary mention also for Roberto Soldado who’s link up play was excellent, although his finishing is very disappointing at the moment he did very well because he was chasing the ball for 95% of the game, and he put in a real shift. He’s just got to keep working and I have no doubts that he can be brilliant and score a lot of goals for us. Laugh all you want!
A brilliant win, Tim Sherwood’s start to his reign at Tottenham and long may it continue. We are just 2 points away from the Champions League places and I’m becoming more and more confident we can challenge, especially when our main players come back from injury. Our next game is another big one! Arsenal at the Emirates in the FA Cup third round on Saturday 4th January 2014, kick off at 5:15pm. COYS!!
My player ratings for the team that faced Manchester United at Old Trafford:
Lloris – 8.5 – Shaky start, but made some crucial saves which were as big an impact as goals for us!
Walker – 8.5 – Brilliant once again. Defensively he dealt with Janujaz very well, and offensively always a threat.
Dawson – 8 – Yes, he was caught napping for their goal, but other than that, I thought he was brilliant.
Chiriches – 9 – Man of the match. Classy, composed, quality. Brilliant performance and contained Rooney superbly.
Rose – 6.5 – Rating a little harsh, but he was very very shaky, not a good performance. He can do better.
Lennon – 8.7 – Quality once again. Evra will have nightmares of his tiny speedy legs.
Dembele – 7 – Was difficult for him at times, Cleverley did well to stop him getting time on the ball.
Capoue – 7.5 – Thought he was good, sloppy passing but made good clearances and defensive contribution was good.
Eriksen – 9 – 1 goal and 1 assist at Old Trafford. Brilliant.
Adebayor – 8.5 – A great goal and his link up play was decent, although could have been better. What an engine he’s got!
Soldado – 8 – Great link up play, terrible finishing. And I’m running out of superlatives.
Chadli – 6 – Did his job well.
Kane – 7 – Did his job well.
Bentaleb – 6.5 – Did his job well.
Tim Sherwood’s match reaction to our 2-1 win over Manchester United:
Match highlights from Tottenham vs Manchester United: