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Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho

12:30 pm

Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho


Mourinho at Chelsea produced teams that were solid and waited for you to make a mistake and they would punish you. It happened to us time and time again, not just us though.

At Old Trafford on Monday night, Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho and punished the Manchester United mistakes.

Former Manchester United manager Ron 'Big Ron' Atkinson, from 1981-86 won the FA Cup twice and the Charity Shield. His win rate as Man U manager was 50%.:

"I wish Lucas Moura was playing for United, what a player he looked, sharp, bright and he's laid in with two goals and was always a threat.

"The lad up front with Kane has given them an added dimension. They're a bigger threat now than I would have thought before the season started."

Manchester United legend Pat Crerand, winner of two league titles, a European Cup and the FA Cup in his eight years at the club as a player. he was also assistant manager for four years.

"Spurs were the better team, they deserved to win. Spurs got better and better as the game went on and finished up deserved winners."

Lou Macari played over 400 games for Manchester United between 1973 and 1984 winning the FA Cup,Charity Shield twice and the Second Division title.

"When you miss a few chances it's possibly not going to be your night and if there is a team to punish you, it'll be Spurs. They're good enough to punish any team in the Premier League."

Former Scotland and Everton striker and former Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray:

"Manchester United beaten by a brighter, more organised, more cohesive, more talented team tonight, in all departments. They were better than Manchester United in all departments.

For the first goal, Gray described that Manchester United were man-marking instead of the zonal defence of Wolves and Manchester City. There were also two on the screen at the front of the goal to head away a short corner.

He went on to say that both were looking at the ball but because Harry Kane is a better player than Phil Jones, he picked up the flight of the ball quicker and was able to drop behind him and take up a great position. He still had a lot to do, a lot to do.

Jones was beaten before the ball came into the box. Jones was intimidated that he was marking Harry Kane. The centre-half should be stronger. It's a stunning header, superb bit of movement world class, top header. That's one of the best against one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

For Spurs second goal the whole of the back four, as it was at the time, were out of position, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera.

If Luke Shaw had been closer to Trippier he could have cut off the pass. Smalling knows where the two in front of him are, he plays offside and raises his hand but Herrera is miles behind him playing everyone onside. 

Smalling can't know what is happening behind him, he ought to realise he has a midfield player playing as a centre-back and that there may be runs behind him from someone like Dele Alli, so to step up to try and play offside is amateurish.

He has just assumed everyone is in a line. Why wasn't captain Valencia shouting at Herrera to step up in line with everyone else? Was there no communication in the United defence?

Eriksen made the same run he had made earlier in the game to have acres of space, this time he picked out Moura who fired home under a pathetic challenge from Herrera.

The third goal, well Fred, who cost £56m couldn't even work out the bounce of the ball. Harry Kane read it and backed off. Fred jumped and missed it, he was nowhere near it. Kane quickly got his head up and looked for Moura. 

The pass was on and he played in Moura quickly giving him the time and space to run at and destroy Smalling. The Man U centre-back tried to tackle with the wrong foot and paid the price.

Former Tottenham midfielder and one of the better pundits on TV Jermain Jenas felt Lucas Moura should have had a penalty in the first half and Dele Alli was way to honest and should have gone down, that was another penalty and the Harry Kane pulling off Lindelof at the back stick, that was another opportunity there.

He went on to say he didn't feel it was one of the typical Spurs performances, popping it around, beautiful on the eye, but they dug in. He thought Alderweireld, Vertonghen were brilliant at the back, he thought Dembele put in a shift as well.

Jenas questioned whether Jones and Smalling are even capable of playing in a back three and that having Herrera in there totally destroyed any understanding there might have been.

In a back three, you have to know when to squeeze up, at what time you squeeze up, when to drop off and they are used to playing in a back four so had their wires crossed.

Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Spurs thump man United

9:58 am

Spurs thump man United

Mauricio Pochettino wore all black to Mourinho’s funeral last night as Spurs thumped Manchester United in the second half after being lucky to go into half-time 0-0.

Had Lukaku scored an open goal after a horrendous Danny Rose back pass then the game may well have been different. Mourinho sides usually shut up shop when they have scored one.

Hugo Lloris' arrest last week for drink driving came after a dinner with Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny and manager Mauricio Pochettino was "very, very angry" according to L'Équipe. 

The speculation whether he would play was plain daft, an editor doesn't stop publishing a journalist's pieces because of a drink-driving charge, why on earth should Lloris not play?

He did play and make a significant contribution with some excellent saves and a good all-round display that went unnoticed by many a fan on Twitter.

The Spurs motto is "Audere est Facere", which means "To Dare is To Do" and perhaps some Spurs fans should dare to support the side instead of slagging us off because the club isn't run to their failure recipe.

I have dared to dream (pre-season article) that we will finish second this season, behind Manchester City and ahead of Liverpool with Manchester United finishing 4th, Chelsea 5th and Arsenal 6th,
will be daring to dream that this could just be their year.

Nothing I saw last night leads me to change that opinion, yes we need to tighten up defensively, but we are not fully fit yet, some players have only had 3 weeks training so mentally as well as physically they are not sharp.

We finished third in 2015-16, second in 2016-17 and third in 2017-18. Can Tottenham be genuine title challengers this season? Maximum points after three games, two away and one at home, one of the top six rivals defeated.

I keep saying, since I suggested this path in April 2013, keep a young side together and they will grow together, they will learn the system better. The start to this season is evidence that you do not always have to spend big.

Net spends since June 2016:
Mourinho - £310m 
Chelsea - £145m 
Klopp - £108m 
Pochettino - £42m

Spurs started the day down in sixth, we ended it second as we joined Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford with three wins from their first three league games of the season.

If Harry Kane had slotted home his header at the back post or Dele Alli taken one of his chances or Lucas Moura put Dele through or Dele going down for a clear penalty, then that additional goal would have taken Mauricio Pochettino and the team to the top.

It was Harry Kane who opened the scoring with a guided header and he has now scored at 25 of the 28 grounds in which he has played in the Premier League. The exceptions being the Boleyn Ground (West Ham United), the Stadium of Light (Sunderland) and Cardiff City Stadium.

Lucas Moura grabbed himself a couple and the Brazilian has been directly involved in eight goals in his eight starts since joining Tottenham (4 goals and 4 assists).

Moura told Sky Sports after the game:

"I said before the game we are able to win. I did very well tonight, I am so proud of my team-mates. I cannot explain what I'm feeling in this minute.

"I came to Spurs to win because I believe in the project, the club and the players. If we play like this every game I know it's difficult but we are able to win the Premier League and that's why I am here.

"We are here - step by step to work hard. We will keep on working and let's see what happens."

His pace alongside Kane gives us something extra. He drives at defenders and teams cannot leave themselves exposed at the back. 

Players have to keep an eye on him and be wary of his pace even when he isn't doing anything. That frees up space for Christian Eriksen to operate and Nemanja Matić couldn't handle him.

He spent his time last season learning to prepare for this season, which is why I saw him as a new signing this summer without signing anyone.

He, Winks coming back from injury is another like a new signing, the emergence of Luke Amoss, the retaining of Mousa Dembele has allowed Mousa Sissoko to leave on loan for a season with Turkish side Fenerbache.

By the way, his departure frees up a non-homegrown place in our UEFA Champions League squad, so we can now name Erik Lamela in it after we had to omit his name from the group stages last season, although he was also recovering from injury.Juan Foyth had to be left out of the squad too.

Mention should go to Kieran Trippier again. He scored the winner last week and this week he came up with an assist. It was his corner that Kane headed home.

The England international has provided six Premier League assists for Harry Kane since the start of last season, which is more than any other Spurs player.

Trippier was substituted after 75 minutes after Marouane Fellaini had trodden on his foot. Let's hope it is nothing serious and that he hasn't broken a bone in his foot.

His game until then was:
 • Most touches (64) • Most aerial-duels won (4) • Most chances created (3) • Second-most passes (44)

Danny Rose was turned into an England international when his performances were worse than Serge Aurier last season. Kyle Walker was turned into a £50m player, another with constant errors. Kieran Trippier has been turned into an England international and Ben Davies is looking for more solid than when he first arrived.

Why not give Pochettino time to develop Serge Aurier instead of getting on the guys back? Just a thought.

Spurs fans are raving over Toby Alderweireld, seeming forgetting or not realising his positional errors that meant he had to make last-ditch interceptions to prevent United scoring. He had a very good game, but there was clear room for improvement.

Jan Vertonghen went about his business quietly and kept Romelu Lukaku in his pocket all night. He had one chance from that terrible Danny Rose back-pass and one header when drifting into Toby territory in the first half.

Incidentally, I'll repeat that all the talk of Danny Rose leaving for France is in my opinion nonsense. He is a homegrown player and his departure would once again reduce the number on non-homegrown players we could name in the Champions League. For that reason alone I do not see him being allowed to leave this summer.

I'd have been happy to swap him for Luke Shaw in the summer. Rose was nowhere near his old form so there is plenty of mental work to be done.

On 30 August 2013, Tottenham Hotspurs snapped up Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen for £11.5 million (€13.5m). I'll just let that sink in. The Twitter idiots have all been spouting the Eriksen to PSG rubbish. The French club have now explained they are not interested in him.

Sorry, but a journalist worth his salt ought to know PSG are looking to sell players to conform to Financial Fair Play, they simply can't afford a £100m player right now. Like I keep saying, if you look at things with logic and common sense the answers are there, not to today's journalists it seems.

Some say he had a quiet night but it was his run and cross to Lucas Moura for our second goal that all but sealed the game.

dele Alli was superb,as was Mousa Dembele, one could mention all the Spurs players, so I'll throw in a mention for Eric Dier before going off to Mauricio Pochettino and the TV interviews.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the win, congratulated all the players individually and the fans. He spoke to Sky Sports after the game in his usual open and honest style.

"It is a massive, massive victory. It can provide us very good confidence and trust with how we are working. We know the end of the season is too far away, we need to keep pushing, trying to be consistent. Let's keep calm and working hard is the most important thing.

"They were better than us in the first half. Second half we had the possibility to score and we dominated the game. I am so happy because 3-0 in the second half it is like the coaching staff have an effect, but the credit goes to the players. We have our philosophy and we try to respect that, but the credit goes to the players because they believe.

"We'll see what happens with the title challenge. The most important thing is to keep calm. If at the end of the season with 10 games to go and we are in a good position then we have already shown we can fight.

"We have good players and good staff, unbelievable fans. We are going to have one of the better stadiums. The club is working so hard and trying to deliver that as soon as possible."

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live the Tottenham manager reiterated some points he made to Sky Sports and added to them.

"It is a massive victory for us and I am very proud of the performance. It is difficult to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. They were better in the first half but we dominated from then on, and the clean sheet was a bonus.

"It is only the start of the season and we need to be consistent. We need to be realistic but want to keep pushing and building our fitness. A lot of our players have only had three weeks training but we want to build something special.

"This is my fifth year and I have good relationship with my players. We have shared a lot of things over that time and the appreciation is normal. We are in a very important period for our club with the new stadium and everyone is showing a big commitment."


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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

10:00 am

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur


Manchester United face a tough home game against a settled and arguably better Tottenham Hotspur squad under Mauricio Pochettino.

The wolves are hounding Jose Mourinho with talk of bust-ups behind the scenes and many a Man U fan unhappy with the fare being produced. Surely they knew what they were getting with Mourinho, a defensive minded game looking to capitalise on an opposition mistake and then defend a 1-0 lead.

That has been his basic plan for years. 

Will we see a below-par season from them? Many think we will.

Last week United had a shock loss against Brighton & Hove Albion with fans complaining that the club hadn't signed Toby Alderweireld.

Brighton, trained by former Spurs full-back and coach Chris Houghton, won 3-2 and it could have been more, It is only 2 games, but it is the club’s worst start to a Premier League season since 2014/15. 

Brighton's three goals in the first half was only the tenth time in United’s Premier League history they had let in three by half-time.

If Tottenham can record a third-straight win, it would make it our best start to a Premier League season since 2009/10. 

Only five clubs have begun the new season with two straight wins. 

Our back three was the first time we had started with the system since November 2017.

United have lost just two of their last 37 league games at home while Spurs have lost just two of their last 22 league matches anywhere. 

However, we have just two wins at the ground in the Premier League era (1992-present) and haven't won since 2014, although perhaps we should have done.

Harry Kane has scored just once against United in seven league games – by far his worst rate against any of the five other Premier League teams not to be relegated.

United have been leading at HT/FT in five of their last six matches.
Tottenham’s last three games have seen over 2.5match  goals.
United have not won two in a row against Tottenham Hotspur since the 2014/15 season.

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Man United vs Spurs

2:24 pm

Man United vs Spurs


After a 100% start to the season with an away win at Newcastle United and a home Wembley win against newly promoted Fulham, we travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Bank Holiday Monday.

Manchester United are the side I suggested in my pre-season look that would be the team to drop down the table from their second position last season. My feelings were that Tottenham and Liverpool would be fighting out for second place this season with Manchester United and Chelsea fighting for fourth.

After a couple of games this season and looking at the expected goals for and expected goals against statistics, that assessment is being borne out, although it is early stages.

If you take the two Paul Pogba penalties out of the equation and look at chances created and conceded against goals scored and conceded, we get an idea of what statistics tell us is likely to happen.

Man Utd struggle to create chances while conceding them, they rank worst of the top 6 on expected goal difference.

Man City +5.29
Liverpool +4.82
SPURS +3.17
Chelsea -0.11
Arsenal -0.61
Man U -0.85

The expected goals scored chart looks like this:

Man City 6.78
SPURS 5.77
Liverpool 5.68
Arsenal 3.21
Chelsea 3.10
Man U 1.62

The expected goals conceded chart looks like this:

Liverpool 0.86
Man City 1.49
Man U 2.47
SPURS 2.61
Chelsea 3.21
Arsenal 3.82

Games between Manchester United and Spurs have been tight low scoring affairs lately, particularly at Old Trafford. I'm expecting more of the same and a tense night in store.


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VIDEO: Full game or highlights, pre-match, MOTD - your choice

12:30 pm


Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Competition: Premier League
Date: 11 December 2016
Stadium: Old Trafford (Manchester)
Referee: R. Madley

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The Teams - Alderweireld starts

1:27 pm


Manchester United
De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Martial, Ibrahimovic

Romero, Bailly, Blind, Fellaini, Rooney, Mata, Rashford.

Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.

Vorm, Wimmer, Davies, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Nkoudou

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Counter-attacks to decide the result tomorrow

7:32 pm


Tottenham will be looking to exploit the Manchester United weakness for fast central counter-attacks and Dele Alli could therefore have a big part to play in the game tomorrow afternoon.

Manchester United look to play in the Jose Mourinho way on the counter-attack. His style was exposed by Mauricio Pochettino before when we thrashed Chelsea 5-3, Chelsea only getting their third goal at the end.

How well Harry Kane and Dele Alli link up together may well determine the result. Against CSKA Moscow Alli was constantly getting into the box and haveing chances. He won't get the five sitters he had against the Russians so he will need to be more clinical than he was that day.

With Harry Kane in the goals too we carry a threat un front which the United centre-backs will have to find a solution to. We will have to be wary of their counter-attacks with our full-backs pushed forward so whoever handles counter-attacks better may well be the victor.

If we can beat United at Old Trafford then we will move above Manchester City into 4th place with City losing 4-2 to reigning champions Leicester.

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