As most of us expected, United have managed to wreck the relative sense of calm, a bit of goodwill and more importantly, a bit of momentum going into the new year. All of that has been shredded and even though it was expected, it is still disappointing.
Where do we go from here in terms of the remainder of the 13/14 campaign? Well, we’re obligated to fulfil our fixture list, but any sense of competitive edge to the games has evaporated. It would take something incredible to see us sink into relegation trouble from here, and you can right off finishing any higher than 8th. The squad now looks as threadbare as we feared. Let the good times roll.
So the next game to get out of the way, is Tottenham on Wednesday.
That’s a Tottenham side who still have plenty to play for, who Im sure will be eyeing up our soft touches for 3 points.
They’re coming into the game off the back of a good win over Everton on Sunday but also some eye catching away form. They’ve lost only twice on their travels to date, one of which was a 6-0 rogering by Manchester City and the other a derby defeat to Arsenal (1-0). They’ve won 8 times, at Crystal Palace & Cardiff, (1-0), Aston Villa (2-0), Swansea (3-1), Southampton (3-2), Man Utd, Fulham & Sunderland (2-1) and drawn twice at Everton (0-0) and Hull (1-1). Defoe and Soldado both have 10 goals although only one of the soon to depart, Defoe has came in the league whilst has team mate has 5 in the league with the rest in Europe.
Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela are their only injury concerns. They’ve no suspensions either.
If you’re looking for good news, then I’d probably skip this bit of the preview, as we’re in a right, fucking state.
Loic Remy completes his 3 game ban in this fixture and Mathieu Debuchy has joined a growing troop in the treatment room.
Cheick Tiote who had been looking fairly decent has gone down with a hamstring injury, Gouffran has put his back out, it’s been a while since we were given encouraging news on Coloccini, Cisse has been missing with an injury but the rumours of a bid from Russia won’t go away. Tim Krul will hopefully be ok.
Pardew has a decision to make at right back. He can either make the ‘Santon in midfield’ experiment a short one and slot him into right back or he can select Yanga-Mbiwa. Steven Taylor and Williamson can continue at centre back which would leave Dummett and Haidara as options for left back.
Anita will continue in midfield and sadly it looks as though Gosling might have to join him soon. Sissoko can add to the midfield number. It appears that either Ben Arfa has lost plot or Pardew hasn’t got a clue what to do with him. I have however, put him back where he was in the latter stages of the 11/12 campaign, on the right side of a front 3. Sammy Ameobi is an option for wide left, so, I suppose is Marveaux.
Luuk de Jong can probably continue up front but it seems a bit harsh to ask him to carry our goal scoring hopes at the minute, the kid looks way off the pace although that was to be expected.
R Taylor – Knee – out for the season
Coloccini – Hamstring – Due back at some distant time in the future
Gouffran – Back
Cisse – Back
Debuchy – Calf
Tiote – Hamstring
Remy – 1 game
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1.Krul: 2. Santon, 5. Williamson, 6. Steven Taylor, 3. Dummett: 4. Gosling, 8. Anita: 7. Ben Arfa, 10. Sissoko, 11. Sammy Ameobi: 9. De Jong:
Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
History vs Spurs at SJP
1985/86: Drew 2-2. With mid-table security on the cards, United entered the run in, in good form. We had also came up with the idea of having Gascoigne’s and Beardsley’s skill supply Tony Cunningham and Billy Whitehurst the latter had replaced George Reilly. Chris Waddle was making his return to SJP and this allowed those that seen him as a Judas the opportunity to let him know their feelings. The cunt would score of course as did Hoddle! Whitehurst and Anderson earned us a point. Attendance, 31,028
1986/87: Drew 1-1. With our FA cup run ending at White Hart lane, attention turned to staying the 1st Division. A point at home to Spurs helped, with Hoddle notching for the visitors before ‘Sarge’ got our equaliser. Waddle would again be on the receiving end of grief. Attendance, 30,782
1987/88: Won 2-0. United maintained their good start to 1988 with another win. Gazza runnijg the show with both goals. More ermmm, ‘love’ shown for the “Diamond Lights” wanker! Attendance, 24,616
1989/90: Drew 2-2 First home game of the season and followed the Goodison Park massacre. We were showing off the new signings, but what this was really about was throwing Mars Bars at the returning Gazza! Andy “Rock” Thorn and Darren Jackson scored for us, Terry Fenwick and Judas for Spurs. Attendance, 33,508
1993/94: Lost 0-1. Spurs ruined our dreams of a winning return to the top division, Teddy Sheringham poking home the winner. Attendance, 34,565
1994/95: Drew 3-3 With the season drawing to a close, we raced into a 2 goal lead through Darren Peacock and Keith Gillespie. Spurs hit back with 3 goals in 4 minutes before Peter Beardsley rescued a point. The surreal experience was capped by Mike Hooper saving a Klinsmann penalty! Attendance, 35,603.
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Final game of the season, title blown, (although mathematically possible) Les Ferdinand cancelled out Dozzell’s goal. Attendance, 36,589
1996/97: Won 7-1. Wonderful. Attendance, 36,308
1997/98: Won 1-0 Barton with the last minute winner as United returned to Premier League duties after a trip to Dynamo Kiev. Attendance, 36,708
1998/99: Drew 1-1 We had a double header with Spurs, a league game and then an FA Cup demi Final. Georgian radge packet Temuri Ketsbaia equalising after a Darren Anderton penalty. Attendance, 36,655
1999/00: Won 2-1 We returned from a UEFA cup trip to Roma to defeat Spurs with goals from Stephen Glass and Nikos Dabizas, although Chris Armstrong drew the visitors level with a goal just on half time. Attendance, 36,460
2000/01: Won 2-0 We’d seen an extended SJP open with a 302 win over Derby in midweek but gary Speed and Daniel Cordone made it 2 wins at Fortress St James’. Attendance, 51,573
2001/02: lost 0-2 And so, Gus Poyet converted his Chelsea jinx over to Spivs. The twat is still a jinx over us now, 12 years later. Attendance, 50,593
2002/03 won 2-1 During the hectic Christmas schedule, Spurs arrived to find United in good nick, goals from Gary Speed and Alan Shearer looked like we were well on our way, however, Dabizas thought we should have a nervous conclusion and planted a flying header past his own keeper! Attendance, 52,145
2003/04: Won 4-0 Wonderful II 2 for both Shearer and Laurent Robert . Attendance, 52,139
Robert’s crackers are here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfyty0_9Iyo
2004/05: Lost 0-1. Again we’d play Spurs in our first home game of the season. This time Tim Atouba would settle it. Sadly Bobby Robson would very soon be replaced by Graeme Souness. Attendance, 52,185
2005/06: Won 3-1 An April Fools Day win, with Michael Dawson seeing red. Lee Bowyer, Shola Ameobi and Alan Shearer hit 3 goals in 30 minutes, although Robbie Kean had added another to level things up temporarily. Attendance, 52,301
2006/07: Won 3-1 again. And once again all of the goals were before half time. Kieron Dyer and Obafemi Martins had us 2 up in 7 minutes. Steven Taylor managed an OG on 15 mins but Scott Parker settled it. Attendance, 52,079
2007/08: Won 3-1. Same again. 1-0 up at half time thanks to Martins we extended our lead when Cacapa headed in a corner. Robbie Keane pulled one back but James Milner knocked in a 3rd to bag us the win. Attendance, 51,411
2008/09: Won 2-1. United made it a run of unbeaten in 6. But the wheels were about to come off, spectacularly. Charles N’Zogbia poked in our first but Luka Modric equalised. Damien Duff in a rare moment of remembering what he was capable of netted the winner. Attendance, 47,982
2010/11: Drew 1-1. United were making a bad habit of conceding late goals and would do it again after it looked like Coloccini’s excellent finish would win it. Aaron Lennon drilled in Spurs’s equaliser although it was probably merited. Attendance, 51,010
2011/12; Drew 2-2 United twice came from behind to level as first, Demba Ba and then Shola Ameobi found the onion bag. Shola’s coming with just 4 minutes left on the clock. Attendance, 46,420
2012/13: Won 2-1. Yet another opening day fixture vs Spurs, this time a Ben Arfa penalty, 10 minutes from time settled it. Ba had given us the lead but Defoe had wiped that out on 76 minutes. Attendance, 52,385
Fighting cock http://www.thefightingcock.co.uk/
“Come On You Spurs” is not only a shit chant, but a fanzine title too, apparently http://www.comeonyouspurs.com/
Adabeyor is in form for Tim Sherwood having been frozen out previously. The 2 full backs like to get forward, Lennon’s pace is a threat, Eriksen looks clever on the ball.
I think we’ll get bladdered 3-0 again.