It is being called our toughest game this term with Spurs enjoying an up turn in their fortunes and the likes of Bale and van der Vaart pushing them on onwards.
Spurs haven’t beaten us in 10 years and it seems this little fact is being over looked as we venture to Park Lane N17 but with our horrible away form anything can happen.
They have ran us close in recent times (The goal that wasn’t in 2005, the fight back in April 2009 etc) but in 2001 they came as close as they possible have.
Coming into the game off a last minute defeat to Deportivo midweek in the Champions League, it appeared we would suffer a famed midweek hangover. Spurs took an early lead when freshly signed £8m defender Dean Richards headered home. Les Ferdinand made it worse 10 minutes later and just before the break Christian Ziege made it 3.
The walk back to the dressing room must have seemed longer than usual as the threat of Sir Alex’s infamous hairdryer loomed large and it must have been some blast as the second half was a complete turn around.
Within a minute of the second half whistle being blown Andy Cole chalked one back and just over 10 minutes veteran defender Laurent Blanc put Spurs fimly in our sights with a header from a Beckham corner.
On the 72nd minute United finally restored parity as Van Nistelrooy got an equaliser but we have never been a team to do things by halves and minutes later United lead for the first time after Veron shot across Neil Sullivan from an Solskjaer lay off and to make matters worse Beckham, wearing the captain’s armband, smashed a 5 in to complete the comeback.
United went on to finish 3rd in the league that season whilst Spurs finished 9th.