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Spurs were top of the league and flying, a team built on confidence with players like Defoe and Lennon at the top of their games. United were stumbling, looking average and grinding out results. It was set to be an epic tussle and turned out to be one of the most exciting and enthralling games I have seen in years. Just like the Arsenal match two weeks ago plenty of Reds outside the ground were saying they would take a draw, but sitting alongside them in the sunshine pre-match I disagreed.

United supporters were not allowed to take up the usual away allocation in the upper tier this season, apparently standing is not allowed in North London, although the home fans in those seats standing will no doubt be allowed to carry on doing so. Instead, 1900 of us filled the lower tier behind the goal where Spurs scored within a minute. I never think of White Hart Lane as having a great atmosphere but the noise at that moment and for several after was deafening. However, United almost equalised within a minute of going behind and there was immediately a sign there that we would not be rattled.

As the game went on United had most of the possession, but were not creating chances and getting in behind the back four. I started to worry there was no spark there and that we had very little width due to Valencia, Park and Nani all not starting. Just as my fears set in I was reminded we did have Ryan Giggs on the pitch though- what a free kick! At that moment the game swung, the crowd were silenced and United drove forwards with wave after wave of attack looking extremely dangerous. It was not against the run of play when Anderson rammed the ball home and sent the away section into ecstacy. His first league goal has been a long time coming, and it was made all the sweeter that it was a crucial goal.

Spurs looked to have regrouped during the interval, and started the second half with intent. It was finger-nail biting time, made all the worse when Scholes saw a red card. Spurs are a team full of energy and they move the ball around well, I feared we would really be punished for this, but our counter-attacking was sensational. Despite being penned back and replying on a great Foster save from Jenas, we started to run at Spurs just as Ronaldo would have done with Rooneg and Evra’s pace leading the charge. One was pushed around the post, another was pushed onto the bar, but the one imbetween those two chances found the back of the net. What a ball by Fletcher, what a finish by Rooney and game over. From that poing onwards we could all relax and enjoy the game, and Spurs fell apart.

The final whistle was a great feeling- we had won against all odds with ten men having gone a goal down in the first minute. You look back at the performance of the team and, Carrick’s sloppy passing aside after he came on as a sub, you would struggle to pick fault with anyone. Vidic looked a little shaky but also made some crucial blocks, Evra kept Lennon at bay whilst also attacked amazingly, Rio slotted back in as if he had never been away, Fletch and Anderson ran the game, Scholes look rejuvianted, Giggs looked to have got five years younger and was sensational, whilst Rooney and Berbatov were both awesome- can Berbatov please keep that up please?!  It was easily the best performance of the season and I am still buzzing from it. Now off to Turkey…..!

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