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Tottenham 3-5 Man Utd

The phrase ‘it’s a game of two halves’ was made for this encounter. Three down at half time, and we still managed to win by two goals; United are back. Yet again Ferguson’s gambles paid off, with three new signings grabbing vital goals in this memorable comeback.

Apologies to all those who wanted to read my report on the Ipswich game last week, due to a heavy work load I never got around to writing it. I did not travel to Corunya but I hear it was a great trip despite the final score.

For me Spurs away is a very attractive fixture. Traditionally Tottenham are an attacking team and United always seem to score. The away fans are given a good section of the ground and the games are always entertaining; today was no exception. And on a personal note White Hart Lane is only a couple of miles from my house so it’s a luxury to be home 45 minutes after the final whistle!

As seems to happen in far too many games recently United started off slowly. It was not too long before the champions were 2-0 down and the part time Spurs fans started to actually get behind their team and sing. Just before the break United conceded a third and it seemed to be the killer blow. It’s been a long time since I’ve witnessed such a sombre atmosphere amongst the travelling reds at half time, but quite simply it was a dismal performance.

I have no idea what Sir Alex said in the dressing room but it certainly did the trick. Within a minute of the restart Coley had pulled one back, and then goals from Blanc and Van Nisteltrooy sent the away fans into ecstasy. Memories of Hillsborough on Boxing Day 1993 came back, yet this time Veron and Becks gave us even more goals and we walked away with all three points. With ten minutes left on the clock most of the Spurs fans had left and the away end was full of happy bouncing Mancs going through the full range of songs all at full volume.

I’ve watched the highlights several times now, and quite clearly this was one of the greatest comebacks ever. As Clive Tydlesley commentated on ITV in Barcelona, “Down and out not a bit of it, they’re never out.” Lets just hope his other claim, “name on the trophy,” can also be achieved. This victory could be just what the lads need to make their mark on this year’s Premier League. Champions.

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