Manchester United’s unbeaten run this Premiership season is likely to be tested as they host Tottenham Hotspur in a late kick off on Saturday. United won both of last season’s matches against Spurs.
Ahead of the match, the brightest hope for the Old Trafford squad is that Hernandez will display the form that helped beat Stolke in match week nine for United’s first away win of the season. Chicharito or Little Pea as the striker is known added a match winner against Wolves in Tuesday’s league cup match to announce himself as Sir Alex’s hottest new find.
Apart from Hernandez, Bebe and Smalling also made their presence felt in the Stoke match. Along with Hernandez, they have calmed the nerves at Old Trafford in the absence of Valencia and Rooney. Berbatov and Nani will also have to play a crucial role against Spurs, especially in the face of a weak defence, which has been United’s bane this season, having led the team to suander the lead in six out of nine matches.
Spurs would be the fresher team on the day having had a whole week to prepare in the absence of any Carling Cup match, having been knocked out of the competition by Arsenal the previous week.
For Spurs, Van der Vaart came to the party aganst Everton scoring an equaliser to keep Redknapp’s side in contention. Gareth Bale has been another revelation for the squad; his hattrick against Inter Milan made him the talk of Europe after the Itlaian side led 4-0 at half-time in their Champions League game; the final score was 4-3.
In fact, Bales’ presence on Spurs’ left wing is going to force Sir Alex’s hand and he will prefer not to retain Neville as right back, the position he occupied against Stoke. Instead, we could see O’Shea assigned the task of tackling Bale with Evra manning the left back position, in the absence of Ryan Giigs sidelined through injury.
However, Spurs have been poor travellers this season, and they will have to try and rectify that record against 75,000 Manchester united fans at Old Trafford this Saturday.
Dawson and Corlukka are injured and that makes the back-line a worry for Redknapp. Gallas, Hutton, Assou-Ekotto, and Bassong will have their hands full against a rampaging Manchester United attack led by Spurs’ former striker Berbatov.
Manchester United’s starting eleven for the match will probably have: Van der Sar, Vidic, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Scholes, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Hernandez, Berbatov
Tottenham’s eleven on Saturday should be: Gomes, Gallas, Hutton, Assou-Ekotto, Bassong, Palacios, Lennon, Bale, Modric, Crouch, Van der Vaart
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