Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, on Jan 1, 2014. – AFP Photo
I HAVE to admit, there was plenty of hype before the Tottenham Hotspur game. I was confident, and I am sure that most fans would be somewhat walking with a spring in their step, seeing that we had won six games on the trot, albeit against lower table opposition.
As I got myself comfortable on the sofa during the wee hours of the morning, the lineup was pretty clear; manager David Moyes wanted to go out and attack. Ninety minutes later and the scoreline was not in our favour.
An explanation? I can't say much ... we started the game pretty brightly. Spurs' Adebayor found the net, and the half went on as if nothing had happened.
Spurs, realising what they could cause, doubled their lead.
United tried to come back into the game and lost.
Our midfield must get a grip on the game! Go back to basics and keep the ball. Plus, maybe putting Welbeck out there on his own wasn't such a good idea. He was in isolation and, unless there was an aerial ball, he never looked like he was going to score.
It was defensively such a mediocre display from United that Spurs smelt blood throughout the game.
By the way, was I the only one who noticed Smalling's cheeky smile after chesting the ball?
United were not outplayed at home; they just weren't clinical.
But credit to Spurs for coming out strong. Now it's back to the drawing board for Rooney & co. They have to work harder up front. On that note, it will be a welcome sight to see RVP back soon.
David Naden Michael