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Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham

In days of old, two wins in a week were simply expected, nowadays they are a little more appreciated. Already 6 points behind Arsenal, the Reds had to win today to keep up the pressure on the leaders, and they did so fairly comfortably.

The journey up to Manchester was awful. With train strikes; away support from London; roadworks; students returning to university; and Liverpool also playing at home, the traffic was extremely heavy.

Almost six hours after leaving home we made it to the seats for kick-off with literally a minute to spare.
United started brightly; Spurs could not keep possession of the ball and our passing motion was fast and furious. Despite the lack of clear chances created, United piled a fair amount of pressure on the Tottenham goal. At half-time the score was only level due to fine saves of Ole from Kasey Keller.

The second half started where the first left off, and crowd really got going. The new favourite, “I see the Stretford End arising,” was echoed over and over by Tier 2 who were all standing by this point. The volume emanating from the United faithful silenced the away fans, and a few dubious decisions from the ref raised the noise to another level.

A definite United penalty was turned down by the ref, and Keller made some absolutely superb saves, matched only by a Barthez save at the other end. United looked closer to scoring, and eventually the penalty came. Ruud stepped up and hit it home to send the crowd wild. From that moment the game was won and Spurs could hardly threaten an equalising goal.

A good performance, although there is still room for improvement. O’Shea yet again had a solid game at centre back, and Becks ran continuously for 90 minutes. Veron was, unfortunately, his usual inconsistent self, yet Nicky Butt more than made up for him with some excellent movement in midfield.

Fortunately the journey home was easier than the way up had been, with many Spurs fans to jeer at each service station. Three points, a clean sheet, the return of Gary Neville as second half sub, and a great atmosphere in the stands. Bring on the Germans.

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