Manchester United rocked by Tottenham

christianeriksenscoresvmufc20140101_576x324All good things have an end, and so it was with United’s winning streak, as the Red Devils had to bow down at Old Trafford against Tottenham on a 1-2 scoreline, with the home crowd losing some of their patience as well in the end, as some hurled abuses from the stands towards Moyes as the latter made way to the dressing room after the final whistle, looking completely dejected after seeing the team lose again on home turf.

United were the ones to set the pace of the game, as Smalling came close to score in the early minutes, but as the game wore on, United looked less threatening, with only Valencia trying to create some chances on his right wing, and even paid the price as Adebayor found the net on the 34th minute for Tottenham as he rose to head in Eriksen’s cross past De Gea, and sending his team with a lead to defend at half-time, with United rocked from the goal, and barely able to put the pressure back on the opposition team. The second half was more misery piled on United, as Tottenham started the more brighter of the 2 sides, and this time Eriksen turned into scorer on the 66th minute, again with a header to put the ball in the back of the net for 0-2. However, this time United responded immediately, as Welbeck cleverly chipped the ball over Lloris following a through ball from Januzaj to reduce the deficit. Moyes brought on Chicharito and Kagawa, soon followed by Young in an attempt to rescue the game, but Tottenham held on valiantly to win once again (they had done it last season) on Old Trafford, and the home crowd was mostly subdued after losing yet again, except for some who really must have been overflown with the emotions of losing, and thus hurled some abuses as Moyes made his way back to the dressing room, while Sir Alex watched on silently from the VIP stand.

The aftermath of this defeat is that the title race for this new season is clearly over for the Red Devils, and if United manage to get in the Big 4 then it will be a miracle. While most teams have adopted and surpassed themselves in new playing tactics and formations, United is still coming out with the same boring style, which most oppositions have mastered on how to counter, while also showing many flaws, like players not willing to take long range shots outside the box and trying in vain to get past the defenders of the opposition team to score from the box itself, and also defenders messing things up between themselves at the back at times. Moyes wants to rebuild the team, bring in new faces, and rightly so, but he will have to make sure he gets things right this time, as the fans’ patience is wearing down quickly, and United is losing the status which SAF acquired for the team after so many years in charge.

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