Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy times, and happy memories at White Hart Lane for the visit of Manchester United

Encouraging  performance by Spurs today on the back of three wins against modest sides this was a proper test. Manchester United were unlucky not to be at least one up at the interval. Lloris showed his value again - one fingertip save from Young, a curling shot heading for the top corner, was outstanding. 

Alan Sugar pessimistically tweeted that he expected United to score early in the second half. They didn't and although they came close once or twice it was Spurs who looked the more likely. It was end-to-end stuff at times - reminiscent of those great clashes in the 1960s when we saw Greaves, Smith, Blanchflower, Charlton, Law and the sublime George Best strut their stuff! In those days the Lane was a quagmire after rain but players of their quality seemed to dance their way through it. The shirts today were the traditional White for Tottenham and Red for United, exactly the same as fifty years ago. I do wish we could return to the rule that a side only changes its shirt if there is a clear colour clash! Teams should not have "Away" shirts but "Change" shirts which they only wear if away and if there is a colour clash with the home team's kit.

The crowd was noisily and mostly politely behind the Team. The large Man Utd support (many of whom had, of course, only a short journey to get to N17!) were vocal and enthusiastic as well. It was a truly delightful early afternoon and a fair result. I've cheered for Manchester United once or twice in my life - notably at the European Cup Final at Wembley in 1968, but not today of course. Spurs have now gone five PL games without losing to the Red Devils and that is a decent run. Long may it continue. And long may these two great clubs continue to deliver attacking and exciting football as they did today. 

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