United men against Spurs boys at the OT Fortress

The boys are back in town – or should that be the men? One of the expected title challengers were made to look like boys as Manchester United swept Tottenham Hotspur aside in a comfortable 3-0 victory at what has become an impregnable Old Trafford fortress. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his side afterwards saying “That performance was absolutely fantastic. It was very even in the first half  but in the second we just took off. I’m pleased with the young side – it showed we still believe in young players and also, you can see the ability they’ve got. Danny Welbeck is a rangey, long legged boy, he gallops really quickly and has a great attitude.”

“Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney” Sir Alex continued “they all have different qualities and you have to utilise the team as best you can. It’s going to be a big problem for me.” What a great problem to have Sir!

Manchester United  3  v  Tottenham Hotspur  0 

Tottenhamhotspur.com – Our Premier League season got underway with a defeat as three second half goals sealed victory for Manchester United at Old Trafford. Goals from Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney came after an enterprising start to the second half by the team but, when the first goal came, United picked up the momentum and the outcome of the game seemed unlikely not to end up in favour of the home team.

Harry Redknapp made just one change from Thursday night’s Europa League play-off, first leg win at Hearts, but it was a notable one as Brad Friedel came in for Heurelho Gomes for his Spurs debut. Jake Livermore made his first Premier League start alongside Niko Kranjcar in central midfield and Kyle Walker got the nod at right-back. Full Report

Manutd.com –  There’s no substitute for experience, although energy and enthusiasm are going a long way at Old Trafford at the moment. Sir Alex may not be able to call on the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes or Gary Neville anymore, but in the place of cool heads the boss now has pace, power and, judging by this performance, no small amount of panache.

Against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Monday night, United’s kids – we can call them that: the side Sir Alex sent out was the second youngest he’s ever fielded in the Premier League – ruled the roost and goals from Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney handed the Reds a victory built as much on vim and vigour as patient passing or tough tackling. Full Report

Manchester United – De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley (Giggs 82), Anderson, Young (Park 82), Rooney, Welbeck (Hernandez 82) GOALS – Welbeck 61m, Anderson 76m, Rooney 87m

Tottenham Hotspur – Friedel, Walker (Corluka 45), Dawson, Kaboul, Ekotto, Bale, Kranjcar (Pavlyuchenko 72), Livermore (Huddlestone 75), Lennon, Defoe, van der Vaart

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  • Men against boys – cut me a break, Manu always win in front of their 74k crowd against teams playing their first real match of the season. And we can do without the crazed antics of Anderson after he scored.
    Wait ’til all you Manure “Men” come to White Hart Lane- you’ll leave with your tails between your legs.

  • absolutely correct
    spurs were looking less like a top 4 side & to be honest would be lucky to finish in the top half of the table on this showing.
    those characters harry spoke of certainly need to be in place soon & boy, do they need modric to stay!!
    as the title says boys v men … but not what you’d have thought!!

  • Utterly arrogant rubbishMan U are consistently a great side. But to be dismissive of Spurs is a demonstration of lack of intelligence. 3-0 was not a true reflection.

  • @ indyfan…I bet u Yids thought u had that until the last 30 minutes where our youthful team, inexperienced defence & written off keeper kept u at bay all fuckin night & u then resorted to 50 yard shots coz u run out of ideas….. If ur silly enough to let Modric Go you’ll be lucky if ur Europa league next season…….lol !!

  • Did you REALLY watch the game Hotspur 1882? Five would have been a much more realistic reflection!

  • Spurs shud thank Friedel , he saved u from a massive defeat!

    Our young men were good after half time…but can we do the same next game?

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